• Feb 6th 2008 at 6:31PM
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Click above to view high-res gallery of the Toyota 4Runner Urban Runner

The word "urban" seems to be taking on more meanings every day. In its latest use, Toyota has applied it to a truck kitted out for something more like the Amazon rather than "urban" civilization. Starting with a Sport Edition 4Runner, the Urban Edition gets a new audio system, a Tom Tom GPS system, Alcantara seats, and some nicely finished side steps and roof rails in black. If you have some dosh left over, you can add the Urban Edition value pack that throws in a double-decker cargo system and net, a moonroof, HomeLink, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Underneath, the SUV rides on an X-REAS sport enhancement suspension that's meant to improve on-road handling and performance, hence the "Urban Runner" moniker, though all of Toyota's official images show the SUV trudging through the snow. Check out the press release after the jump, and the gallery of hi-res images below.


Toyota Adds Urban Runner Package To 4Runner Sport Edition

February 6, 2008 – Chicago, IL -The 2008 Toyota 4Runner midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) with an all-new Sport Edition Urban Runner Package will make its debut at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. Adding a new dimension in style, value, and upscale luxury to the capable SUV, the Urban Runner Package delivers an extraordinary value with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,760 over the Toyota 4Runner Sport Edition 4WD V6's base price of $32,600.

The 4Runner Urban Runner will begin arriving at dealerships in early February. Initially, the Urban Runner Package will only be available in the Sport Edition 4WD V6 configuration. In April 2008, a 2WD version will be available.

Standard exterior features include 18-inch six-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, unique rear spoiler, color-keyed grille, Urban Runner badging, XREAS Sport Enhanced Suspension badging, chrome exhaust tip, and black-painted tubular side steps and tubular roof rack with crossbars. The 4Runner Urban Runner is available in only three exterior colors, Black, Titanium Metallic and, new to 4Runner, Blizzard Pearl.

Inside, the Urban Runner features a new audio system with an integrated portable Tom Tom® personal navigation device, a Toyota first. With a paid subscription for additional services through Tom Tom®, the device can keep users informed with real-time traffic and weather updates. An optional Tom Tom® power kit and mounting device makes it easy to transfer the navigation unit to other vehicles.

Additional standard interior enhancements include an AM/FM/CD with six speakers and WMA and MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth®, stone Alcantara® fabric seat inserts and dark charcoal bolsters with eight-way power driver seat and four-way power passenger seats, leather-trimmed shift knob, perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, chrome door handles, and black wood-grain-style interior trim.

Optional equipment includes a double deck cargo system with net, HomeLink® universal transceiver, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and a 115-volt AC power outlet.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't blame Toyota that people -for some stupid reason- love to buy 4x4s only to drive on the pavement. They are just selling what people want to buy. This is just a "value" package of the most popular optional items and colors packaged together for an easy sell.

      The tire selection, size and addition of tubular side steps is indicative enough that this was meant for urban expeditions only.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, how does the 4x4 ride height/c.g. help the "sport handling"?

      And if this is for "urban", why the off-roading ride height in the first place.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      just like to toyota to not understand 'performance' whether sports car performance, sport performance, or offroad performance.

      This is for the guy who wants to pretend he might go on a dirt road but wants luxury and a GPS for when he gets lost on the way to starbucks and hits a pothole.

      and whats with the amazon remark? luxury items, snow pictures, on-road comfort...

        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok, smart kid. The Urban Runner is a package that you can buy to UPGRADE the regular 4Runner. The 4Runner Sport comes as a 4x4 to begin with... this is going to sell huge in states that have more than 3 months of winter during the year.

        So you get something that is capable in any kind of weather and still has the most comfortable and softest suspension on the market today, with one of the best 4.0 liter engines out there.

        All in all I really dont care because I am going to make about 200 bucks for every urban runner upgrade.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Handsome and classic rugged looks, a nice alternative for some of the bubbly car-like suv's being aborted on the market these days. I'd consider buying a 4runner if they'd offer xenon lights, but the ubanrunner logo carries too much cheese factor for me to buy this edition
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