March 4, 2004
Toyota shows Tacoma X-Runner concept at Calgary auto show
Calgary, Alberta – Toyota Canada will show the all-new Tacoma X-Runner pickup
concept at the 2004 Calgary Auto Show starting on March 10. First shown at the
Chicago auto show in February, the new concept truck has a longer wheelbase and
wider track, which translate into more interior room.
“This Tacoma X-Runner concept will mark the first step in expanding our presence in
the Canadian light truck arena,” said Tony Wearing, Managing Director at TCI.
“Larger in every area of comparison, this concept offers substantially more
passenger room, cargo volume and towing capacity than ever before.”
The Tacoma concept rides on an “X-braced” reinforced frame that provides enhanced
torsional rigidity. The chassis sits one inch lower than the standard Tacoma, riding
on 18-inch 45-series V-rated performance radials mounted on alloy wheels. Firmer and
shorter springs are used at all four corners, while specially-tuned Bilstein gas
shock absorbers are positioned out board of the frame rails for improved stability.
Large-diameter stabilizer bars with firmer bushings are a feature at both front and
Power is provided by a new 4-litre, 240 horsepower V6 engine with 275 pounds-feet of
torque and a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. For buyers seeking an added
boost for this already impressive powertrain, a TRD-developed supercharger system
will be offered, capable of providing output in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower.
The X-Runner concept is capable of zero-to-60 mph acceleration in seven seconds, and as much as one second less with
the optional supercharger.
The Tacoma X-Runner concept was designed at Hino Styling Studio in Tokyo.