Toyota X-Runner LSV Concept
Years 2003
Curb Weight 3,762 Lbs.
Drivetrain Front / AWD
Engine 3.0L Supercharged v 6

Toyota Australia’s design, development and engineering team has served notice that it can create passionate and exciting motor vehicles with the debut of the X-Runner lifestyle sports vehicle (LSV) at the Melbourne Motor Show.

The breakthrough Avalon-based all-wheel-drive X-Runner was developed and built by a team from Toyota Australia’s Technical Centre in Melbourne as a project designed to showcase the expertise of Toyota’s local engineering capability.

Furthermore, it is an expression of Toyota’s innovation that is bred from its dominance of the dynamic and increasingly competitive SUV market.

A supercharged 3.0-litre VVT-i equipped all-alloy Quad Cam V6 engine powers Toyota Australia’s first in-house concept vehicle – the most powerful engine ever fitted to an Australian-built Toyota.

Its supercharger, sourced from Toyota performance equipment specialist TRD USA, is belt driven by the V6 engine’s crankshaft.

The supercharged engine alone warrants closer inspection, but on the whole, the new Australian design is a sign of things to come from Toyota Australia.

Sure, it wasn't the prettiest car at the show, but it shows off what home-grown talent can do when given room to move.

The breakthrough all-wheel-drive X-Runner Lifestyle Sports Vehicle(LSV) was conceived and developed at Toyota Australia’s Technical Centre in Melbourne.

Toyota maintained the X-Runner’s Avalon character by using the Avalon front cabin, bonnet and headlamps. The project’s scope was extended through the opportunity to access Toyota’s global technology and resources.

Toyota Australia also locally re-engineered X-Runner’s platform to extend the wheelbase by 150mm and accept all-wheel-drive underpinnings.

The X-Runner maintains the underbody of the Avalon TMP (Toyota Modular Platform) to the rear wheel arch.

The extra 150mm wheelbase added to the modular platform at the front of the rear wheel arch maximises X-Runner’s rear deck length and improves vehicle weight distribution.

The vehicle’s potent V6 engine is matched to a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission which delivers power to all four wheels through a viscous coupled centre differential.

The front suspension is independent strut type.

The torsion beam rear suspension is based on a 4WD Toyota Tarago - with specially wound coil springs and new damper units. It completes the modified rear of the platform.

The rear bodywork was specially fabricated for the project.

It is fixed to a space frame structure fabricated by engineers at the Toyota Technical Centre.

A high-performance PBR brake package including four channel, four sensor ABS takes advantage of X-Runner’s specially designed six-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels.

Laser-cut 245/45 R19 Dunlop tyres feature a tread pattern which reproduces the three ellipse Toyota logo.

Specially commissioned components and finishes include the alloy wheels, brake package, tyres, exterior mirrors, GPS, interior fabrics and paint treatment.

X-Runner has been designed as a sophisticated, environmentally sensitive lifestyle all-wheel drive vehicle. The vehicle on display at the Melbourne Motor Show carries two mountain bikes and a GPS tracking system with a 17-inch plasma screen to monitor the position of the cyclists.

The Toyota Modular Platform used for the X-Runner project is currently used at Toyota’s Altona manufacturing plant to produce Avalon and Camry and many ‘off the shelf’ Avalon components were incorporated into the vehicle. The wheelbase has been extended by 150mm and the vehicle converted to all-wheel drive.

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine: Quad Cam 3.0-litre all-alloy V6, with VVT-i and supercharger
Transmission: Four-speed electronically controlled automatic
Driveline: Four-wheel drive with viscous-coupled centre differential
Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion with variable gear ratio system
Front brakes: 355mm diameter ventilated discs with twin-piston calipers
Rear brakes: 343mm diameter ventilated discs with single-piston calipers
ABS: Four-channel, four-sensor
Front suspension: Independent struts with coil springs, hydraulic dampers and ball-joint linked stabiliser bar
Rear suspension: Torsion beam axle with coil springs, hydraulic dampers and internal stabiliser bar
Wheels: 19 x 8 aluminium alloy
Tyres: Dunlop 245/45 R 19
Overall Length: 4905mm
Overall Width: 1910mm
Overall Height: 1520mm
Wheelbase: 2870mm
Front track: 1610mm
Rear track: 1660mm
Kerb weight: 1710Kg
Seating capacity: 2

Source: Webwombat.com.au

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