February 5, 2004
Chicago auto show
Toyota unveils Solara convertible, X-Runner pickup
Chicago, Illinois – Toyota unveiled the 2004 Camry Solara Convertible and the 2005
Tacoma X-Runner pickup truck and models at a press conference at the 2004 Chicago
The new Solara convertible features a power retractable convertible roof, headliner
and rear glass window, and shares the same exterior design as the recently restyled
In Canada, the new Solara convertible will go on sale in the Spring, and be sold in
one top-of-the-line SLE V6 trim level. Pricing will be announced in the Spring.
The Solara Convertible will be manufactured exclusively at Toyota Motor
Manufacturing, Kentucky in Georgetown.
The high-performance Toyota Tacoma X-Runner sport truck will be one of several
models offered when the all-new next-generation Tacoma arrives in showrooms this
“Larger in every metric of comparison, the new Tacoma will offer an extensive
variety of body-and-bed configurations with substantially more passenger room, cargo
volume and towing capacity than ever before,” said Don Esmond, Toyota Division
senior vice president and general manager.
Compared to the previous-generation Tacoma S-Runner, the Tacoma X-Runner will ride
on a wheelbase that has been extended by a full five inches and a track that has
been widened by four inches. The increased size translates to an extra
four-and-one-half inches of interior shoulder and hip room.
The X-Runner chassis will sit one-full-inch lower than the standard Tacoma frame,
resting on 18-inch 45-series V-rated performance radials wrapped around alloy
wheels. Firmer and shorter springs are mounted at all four corners, while specially
tuned Bilstein gas shocks are positioned outboard of the frame rails for increased
stability. Large-diameter stabilizer bars with firmer bushings are at both front and
rear. A limited-slip differential will be standard.
Power will be provided by a four-litre, 240 horsepower V6 engine with 275 pounds of
torque and a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. For buyers looking for an
added boost, a TRD-developed, fully factory warranted supercharger system will be
offered, capable of providing output in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower.