Toyota as a carmaker has always gave utmost importance to customer interest and hence they always incorporate popular options and option packages in their car models. Toyota 4Runner
is no exception to this. Introduced in 1984, Toyota 4Runners was initially developed as a SUV that was little more than a Toyota pick up truck. The Toyota 4Runner
is designed to meet most off-road driving requirements and withstand the abusive road conditions that can result in bodily harm or damage.
Since the introduction of the Toyota 4Runner, the car has undergone enormous changes that made it a complement for the upscale Toyota Land Cruiser. Though the Car Model
is still built using body-on-frame construction, the current Toyota 4Runner maintains the classic's brawn and over the years earned the earned the reputation of being a durable vehicle - both in off-road and on road conditions. Since the launch of the Toyota 4Runner model
had undergone significant independent developments that have transformed the simple truck into a mid-size SUV. Let us take a better look at these changes.
First generation (1984–1989) - The first generation 4Runner was initially identical to the Toyota
pickup with two doors and fibreglass top. Later the model got upgrade in terms of interior, had additional gauges, better fabrics, and a rear seat. All 1984 models were available with a four-wheel drive system and a solid front axle. In 1988, the Toyota model
got further uplift and this time the 22R-E engine was joined by an optional 3.0 L V6 engine, the 3VZ-E that was significantly larger and more powerful than the original 4-cylinder offering. In 1989 model, some small cosmetic changes were made.
Second generation (1990–1995) - The second generation 4Runner
represented a fundamental departure from the first-generation model with a freshly designed body mounted on an existing frame. Most of second generation 4Runners were 4-door models. Instead of the fibreglass tops, these models were made as a single unit. All the models were rear wheel drive and with four wheels drive layouts. In 1992, the 4Runner
received minor cosmetic updates including modular headlamps.
Third generation (1996–2002) – Some significant redesigning was done for the third generation 4Runner Car
that was introduced in 1986. These changes predominantly stressed on the designing and interior that made the vehicle a luxury SUV. With an all-new body shell on an all-new chassis the new design of the Toyota 4Runner Car
virtually uplifted its status from a pickup to a luxury SUV. The changes include larger body on a longer wheelbase, increased interior space, increased cargo space, twin airbags, ABS, lift-up tailgate, coil-sprung suspension all round, rack and pinion steering.
Fourth generation (2003–present) - The fourth-generation Toyota 4Runner
incorporated serious changes to the chassis and body of the vehicle and came with an all-new 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 engine. Since the introduction in 2003, the model has got definitive changes in terms of luxury fittings and design.