Truck News from the Texas State FairPosted on September 25th, 2009
Toyota and Ford unveil new models in the nation’s biggest truck market
Toyota and Ford reached out to truck fans attending the Texas State Fair in Dallas by unveiling two new models: the 2010 Toyota 4Runner, and 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. The fifth-generation 4Runner, available at DFW Toyota dealerships, appeals to off-road enthusiasts with a more powerful V6 engine, and new off-road handling features such as a multi-terrain select system. The 2011 F-Series Super Duty series trucks are available with a new turbocharged diesel engine that’s biodiesel compatible.
2010 Toyota 4Runner takes off-road performance to the next level
The 2010 4Runner shares that same platform as Toyota’s FJ Cruiser, but adds some important new technologies and available third-row seating. Buyers can chose from two engines: the new V6 rated at 270 horsepower, or a 2.7 liter four-cylinder. The 4-liter V6 develops 34 more horsepower than the prior V6 and 10 more than the V8, while enhancing fuel economy. EPA estimates for the new engine are 17/22 mpg city/highway for the four-wheel drive truck.
A trail model has more ground clearance for better performance on uneven terrain. Toyota’s A-TRAC system distributes engine power to any wheel that has contact with the ground. A kinetic dynamic suspension system that debuted on the Land Cruiser disconnects the stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel on uneven trails. Crawl control maintains extreme low speeds with the transfer case shifted into low range. This gives the driver better steering control, without having to worry about braking.
All four-wheel drive models come with downhill assist and hill-start assist control. Toyota’s star safety system is standard on all models, including vehicle stability and traction control, plus antilock braking. All grades come with eight airbags: front, side-mounted and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags for the second and third row.
A safety connect system, available by subscription includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, an emergency assistance button and roadside assistance.
2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks feature eco-friendly turbo-diesel engine
Ford is making its most serious work truck, the F-Series Super Duty, eco-friendly with a new V-8 turbocharged diesel engine. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine can run on up to twenty percent biodiesel and eighty percent petroleum diesel.
Engineers used lightweight graphite iron and aluminum cylinder heads to reduce weight and enhance fuel efficiency. A dual-sided compressor wheel in the turbocharger housing yields similar performance to twin turbochargers in a smaller, more efficient package.
The new engine meets more stringent 2010 federal emissions requirements for nitrogen oxides, which have to be lowered by about 80 percent. Nitrogen oxides or NOx are a major cause of ozone.
Both the turbo-diesel V-8 and new gasoline V-8 engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection. Ford’s available live drive power take-off links an output gear through the torque converter to the engine crankshaft. This allows the transmission to power snowplows and other auxiliary equipment.
Standard safety features on the 2011 Super-Duty pickups include trailer sway control, traction and electronic stability control, hill descent control, hill start assist, and an electronic locking differential. Side and side curtain airbags are optional.
Inside, the truck s feature new seats, a 110-volt inverter for plugging in a computer, and locking under-seat storage. An available 12-volt power point behind the center console recharges portable electronic devices.
A new available 4.2-inch LCD screen includes an off-road message center, as well as information about fuel economy and towing.
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