The 4Runner makes its debut late in the model year.
What does 4Runner mean? Combine "4-wheel drive" and "off-road Runner", and you have 4Runner,
Toyota's fun-to-drive off-road vehicle.
All 4Runners are built at the Tahara Plant in Tahara, Japan.
Toyota brought to market a revolutionary new vehicle - the 4Runner.
Based on the mechanicals of its rugged (and strong-selling) 4-wheel drive pickup truck,
the 4Runner combined the versatility and go-anywhere ability of 4WD with the comfort and utility
found in passenger cars.
The first-generation 4Runner had two doors and a removable hard top in the form of a fiberglass shell over the rear cargo area.
It was available in two models. The first was little more than a pickup truck with a covered rear cargo area.
Its emphasis was on utility. With seats in the front only, the rear of the vehicle was intended to
be used for cargo (or camping equipment, bicycles, etc.) The second was designed to carry up to five passengers.
It included a rear seat (with seatbelts for three occupants) which could be folded flat for additional storage space.
The passenger model was available in the SR5 grade, and included a larger fuel tank and more luxurious interior appointments.
Both models were powered by the carbureted 2.4L 22R inline 4-cylinder engine coupled to a five-speed manual transmission with two-speed transfer case,
and all had manual locking front hubs, solid axles front and rear with leaf springs.
It had a tailgate style rear door. It came only 4WD form. It's grille was a 3-segment style.