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#52 of 769 It's official-from Toyota.com 2010
Apr 22, 2009 (12:12 pm)
From Toyota.com: "The Toyota 4Runner SR5 V8 2WD was last redesigned in 2003 and the next major change is expected in 2010."
See http://www.toyota.com/businessfleet/vehicles/4runner/coo_vehicle.html .
Of course, the key word is "expected". No one expected the economic meltdown, either.
I went to the 2009 NYC auto show. No one at the Toyota display would admit to knowing anything and of course, no 2010 4Runner was on display (they did have a white 2009 model).
#53 of 769 Re: It's official-from Toyota.com 2010 [jonesok1]
Apr 23, 2009 (7:23 am)
The linked article was written more than a year ago, and I think Toyota will certainly have had cause since then to reconsider keeping the 4Runner in the North American lineup. Unless they are actively planning a diesel model, of which I see no signs at all, I think they may be planning to just let the model slowly fade away. It is BOF when all the SUVs have moved away from that formula except the full-size ones, it is not much smaller than the Sequoia, which is selling relatively well, and with the intro of the Venza you can bet they will be planning to extend the Highlander again to give it proper third-row room. At which point Highlander will step all over 4Runner in size and utility, while offering 20% better fuel economy at a lower purchase price.
How can they keep 4Runner with all that going on? Where would it fit in, and how would they find buyers for it?
It would be kind of cool to see them just return to their original formula: take a Tacoma with existing powertrains including the 4-cylinder, add the bare essentials for some jump seats and a removable shell in the bed, make that the next 4Runner.
#54 of 769 Re: It's official-from Toyota.com 2010 [nippononly]
Apr 23, 2009 (8:35 am)
That could be, but if they were going to just let it fade away, then why keep the web page? You would think they would simply delete that line, but they haven't done so. At least it's a good sign that the 4Runner will be around a while longer.
The reps at the NYS autoshow said they thought the 2010 would debut in June or October, but they really didn't have any more information than we do. It was more like "I think" it will but don't really know.
Also, the statements of Bob Carter, Toyota Div. group vice president and general manager, seem to indicate a newly designed 4Runner will be introduced. See http://wardsauto.com/ar/toyota_4runner_place_090305/. It's amazing how they can keep it under their hat this well.
#55 of 769 Re: It's official-from Toyota.com 2010 [jonesok1]
Apr 23, 2009 (11:34 am)
I dont think there is any reason to worry about it not coming out. It still comes up in every Toyota meeting and everytime I talk with anyone from Toyota. Also, its still on their "Launch Calendar" with an October 2009 launch date. Who knows, it may get pushed back a month or two, but I doubt it would get chopped from the line...
That being said, everything in the Auto industry is abnormal right now.... BUT if you wanted to bet against it coming out, I'd take your bet! Just let me know!
#56 of 769 Re: It's official-from Toyota.com 2010 [donringlerauto]
Apr 25, 2009 (5:05 pm)
I hope so! I'm ordering one as soon as they will take an order!
#57 of 769 Wife just got one.
Apr 29, 2009 (10:10 pm)
Great car for crumbling California roads. A 2008 on lot for 180 days, $2k off plus usual Fleet arrangement ($34k on sticker, so $27k was a deal), SR5, no Limiteds around that we could find. Her 1999 only had 94k on it and was only worth a ridiculous $4k despite being new in every way but on the calendar, so I'm putting the miles on it for work. T-100 has 228k, so it's out to pasture (in the barn, actually) at the farm now, still tight and shiny. Our Fleet guy was delivering a Tundra right beside our 4Runner, and he whispered to me, "We've had this one 514 days." They call that Lot Rot. I found two loaded SportTrac Fords with a build date 27 months ago!
#58 of 769 Been a couple months since the last post!
Jun 12, 2009 (8:10 am)
Got this in an ordering announcement on Current Model 4Runners from Gulf States Toyota -
"This was the last order for exterior colors Shadow Mica, Salsa Red, and Nautical Blue. TMS has turned
these off in preparation for the launch of the new gen 4Runner."
#59 of 769 2010 Toyota 4Runner Availability
Jun 14, 2009 (8:18 am)
Any update when the new 2010 Toyota 4Runner will be available in the US? I'm shopping for a Toyota 4Runner and need to make a decision on whether to get the 2009 model or wait for the 2010 model.
#60 of 769 Re: Been a couple months since the last post! [donringlerauto]
Jun 14, 2009 (12:42 pm)
Good news....hopefully. The sooner it arrives, the better! I am hoping to see some spy pics and some details on it soon too. I would have to imagine we shall find these things out soon if it truly does come out by fall.
Keep us posted,
#61 of 769 2010 October launch
Jun 19, 2009 (7:17 pm)
I attended a grand opening of a local Toyota dealer's new facility. In attendance were regional rep's who told me that the 2010 4Runner will definitely launch in October, and that orders will be taken in Septemeber. He didn't know when the official announcement would be made, however.
Other than that, he wouldn't comment, probably because he didn't know much more than that.