except me I guess. I mean I don’t plan to buy one but im very interested to see what Toyota does with it. There are some things I see here that I like

First and foremost I think we need to give credit where its due, toyota claims to have put bigfoot detectors on the tires, which is a feature thats...frankly...long overdue.

They’ve also added Lift-up, which I assume is the new cross your heart seatbelt I’ve been hearing about that is supposed to support, lift and separate.

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An interesting thing is the reversible deck board. It’s an interesting thought but truthfully has water been getting on the deckboard been a problem for anyone...ever? I guess the slick surface would be good for loading heavy gear and crap to preserve your carpets.

What I DO like and I think is important and a deeply underrated feature, Toyota has made conscious efforts to increase visibility by lowering door lines, and moving mirrors.

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Oh, plus its got one of these things...which is probably pretty cool.

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On the hardware side we know 3 things:

1. A dynamic Force 2.5 liter engine.

2. An 8 speed non-cvt transmission

3. “Dynamic torque vectoring”

For 1, we know its the A25A-FKS, found in the camry. Its capable of over 200 hp in that configuration and 40% thermal efficiency...which is nutty. Sounds like it could be a great engine.

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In regards to #2 its the Aisin AWF8 and it’s also a crazy cool design, it has 8 distinct ratios from 2 planetary gearsets and is SMALLER and lighter than the outgoing 6. Its got very low 1st gear ratios but in AWD applications doesn’t seem to be geared for a lot of fun. 5.25:1 first gear but only 3.0:1 final. There is a version with a 3.2:1 final which would be great for the adventure model, but even still a 16.8:1 first gear is far off the pace of the already insufficient 20.9:1 in the Jeep single speed trailhawk models. Expect so/so results in terms of any kind of crawling ability.

3. This one’s a mystery, but from the looks of the RDM, it looks to be real torque vectoring. By the fact that they say it decouples I would bet its a GKN twinster or something like it. It’s like Honda’s i-VTM4 and it’s probably going to underwhelm.

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It looks like Toyota finally figure out how to do exhausts though, so they aren’t hanging down and getting smashed into stuff. A full undercover means a nice smooth off road slate to avoid smashing low hanging bits. finally.

On the topic of off-roadiness, it now comes with the trendy “dial-a-terrain” systems for “enhanced escapability”...Neat... I suspect it’s just a matter of throttle and brake traction intervention logic and neither of them will work terrible well compared to just turning off the TC and sending it, which being a Toyota will be an insanely difficult prospect to accomplish on account of their “no TC off for you!” policy.

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Last but not least, Toyota wisely bought stock footage from Utah to use in their promo. Good job (White rim, Hogback road, near hanksville respectively)

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