Toyota Sequoia (2008)

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Toyota Sequoia

Toyota the second-generation Sequoia full-size utility vehicle at a press today at the 2007 Los Angeles Show. Sequoia is completely new for with a new body, a new interior, a new an available new 5.7L V8 engine/six-speed combination and an increased focus on performance and driver/passenger comfort.

the Sequoia was introduced in 2000, the has changed. With both prices and environmental concerns on the Toyota’s engineers and designers taken steps to increase not the 2008 Sequoia’s performance and but also its efficiency and environmental

To that end, the Sequoia is with an available powerful new V8 engine that generates fuel efficiency and very low

An all-new platform now provides dimensions that are competitive other vehicles in the Sequoia’s Inside, highly efficient gives the new Sequoia a very cabin and a capacious luggage

In his efforts to be sure he got the 2008 right, Chief Engineer Araya immersed himself in culture for two-and-a-half years as he his design brief for the Sequoia. He went so far as to live for a time an American family that a fullsize SUV so that he could understand the way SUV users relate to vehicles.

He also used the to circulate a questionnaire so that he acquire detailed information how Americans use their SUVs and their preferences are, down to the side of the vehicle on drivers prefer their fillers to be located. The result is a vehicle with the efficiency, comfort and convenience that SUV want.

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Engines and Transmissions

An available new 5.7L V8 engine enables the Sequoia to provide acceleration that is among the leaders in its especially while towing. engineers developed the new engine to 381 hp, one of the highest outputs in this class. This engine, is ULEV-II compliant, uses valves per cylinder and Dual Valve Timing with (VVT-i) to produce 401 lb-ft of

Dual VVT-i continually the phase of each camshaft by the oil-control valve and controlling oil on the advance/retard chamber of the VVT-i cam through signals from the control computer. It produces valve timing, contributing to output and increased efficiency.

Compact pentroof combustion and high-strength pistons that are to reduce friction, low-tension rings and a low-friction valve that uses roller arms also are important of this engine, as is an Acoustic Induction System that the length of the intake manifold based on engine speed and opening. The exhaust system, of stainless steel, uses a in the main muffler to alter flow, reduce exhaust and improve performance. It also four catalytic converters two for cold starts and two main.

As a the 2008 Sequoia provides the desired by users and an available capacity of 10,000 lbs. In to the available 5.7L V8 engine, the iForce V8 continues to be offered as

A smooth-shifting electronically controlled automatic ECT (Electronically Controlled is mated to the standard 4.7L V8, a new six-speed ECT automatic is part of the package when the available V8 is selected.

This transmission from hydraulic pressures are very carefully controlled for shifts, and from highly gear-tooth surfaces that ensure low noise levels. A mode that extends use of the gear ratios also is of this transmission’s package.

transmissions are controlled by floor-mounted and are equipped with torque that use Toyota’s flexible control for enhanced fuel and both transmissions can be shifted

Additionally, the six-speed transmission’s converter will lock up in and fifth gear, as well as in gear.

On four-wheel-drive models, a transfer case that a lockable Torsen limited-slip is used to transmit power to the front and rear wheels. this transfer case, its 1:1 high-range gear ratio and its low-range gear ratio, a durable six-gear planetary instead of the more usual ring. The transfer case is electronically via a rotary knob easy reach of the driver, and it with the push of a button.

High-capacity universal joints are in the drive line to accommodate the power of the engines.

The front and differentials are larger for added and measure 8.7 inches in diameter and 10.0 inches (rear). The differential ratio is 3.909:1, an optional 4.3:1 ratio as part of Sequoia’s towing

Chassis and Suspension

To improve comfort and overall vehicle the 2008 Sequoia was given an platform that features suspension at both front and This new suspension not only unparalleled ride, handling and stability, but it also equips with an available towing of 10,000 lbs which puts among the leaders in its class.

To a vehicle that will not its driver or passengers even on long trips, Sequoia focused on improved ride and quietness, and on enhanced straight-line

The new independent suspension employs and lower A-arms at each tubular shock absorbers, springs and a hollow tubular bar. It provides not only chassis dynamics thanks to unsprung weight, but also a radius of about 19 feet, the in Sequoia’s class. Additionally, suspension travel and a newly upper front shock-absorber and lower bushing help ride quality.

An available air package and Active Variable (AVS), with settings for normal and sport, improves the comfort and augments the Sequoia’s to tow and haul heavy loads maintaining an appropriate ride and chassis attitude.

Larger and wheels were adopted to the chassis equation. Standard are tires and 18-inch aluminum while 275/55R20 tires and designed 20-inch aluminum are available.

Inside those Sequoia uses 13.9-inch disc brakes up front and ventilated disc brakes at the To improve braking performance and resistance, calipers with opposed pistons – two per – are used for the front The Anti-lock Braking System is with EBD (Electronic Brake-force and Brake Assist.

Design and

Working from a design articulated as Rugged and Advanced, gave the 2008 Sequoia a larger body size and a new look.

Sequoia’s overall length, and height are increased, its wheelbase and its front and rear track is Front and rear overhang, is reduced.

Larger headlamps, available headlamp washers, adopted, as were large mirrors that are available power retraction, automatic puddle lamps, turn-signal position memory and reverse-linked functions.

This new design a drag coefficient of 0.35, means the vehicle offers aerodynamic characteristics and low wind-noise. The mirrors, wipers, A-pillar and header are shaped to maximize efficiency and minimize wind

The Sequoia’s underside, meanwhile, is optimized to reduce drag and noise, and to help improve stability.

Interior and Comfort

A design goal was to ensure the 2008 Sequoia is useful and and its driver and passengers, regardless of and build, have sufficient to ride in comfort. To that the Sequoia’s cabin interior is wider and taller than the Sequoia. Indeed, space to comfortably accommodate people above normal height is in each of Sequoia’s eight

Additionally, the second-row seat is with a sliding-type seat that allows the seat to be for added comfort when the of passengers is limited. For the third-row an advanced seat-cushion linkage mechanism is adopted that rear passenger comfort to new

Designers took special to create comfortable, spacious in all positions. To help achieve goal, a new seat framework, increased seat width, was The driver’s seat is standard-equipped power lumbar support, and as an option on the front passenger

Seat heaters are available for the seat and front passenger

The second-row seats are split and separate captain’s seats are The second-row seat is equipped a seat-slide mechanism that an adjustment range of 5.9 inches.

seat can also be folded flat and uses an easy-slide to allow passenger access to the seat. A seat heater is with the Platinum grade, and restraints for the second row are standard on all

The third-row seat is split and it also has a seatback reclining It too can be easily folded flat.

The surrounding these seats is a of comfort, safety and efficiency and is with thoughtful details. For the rear-view mirror incorporates an electrochromic function, and also a compass, a map lamp and garage-door-opener

Other thoughtful features automatic up-and-down and jam protection for the power windows, a back-door window with automatic jam protection, and an available power door equipped with an and remote-control functions. An illuminated system is standard.

For the dash, incorporated a modular instrument structure and they endowed it, and interior surfaces, with a and feel worthy of comparison similar surfaces in the finest cars. Rings around Optitron gauges, and the climate knobs, are chrome colored, and on the dash are silver metallic.

A designed four-spoke steering contains controls for the Sequoia’s air system, Bluetooth®-capable phones and functions. It is connected to a newly steering column with a intermediate shaft that enhance steering feel and noise and vibration. This column offers both and telescopic functions, and a powered feature is available.

The 2008 offers automatic air-conditioning solar sensors and automatic and right independent temperature Rear air conditioning also is of the package. This three-zone uses a newly developed filter to ensure that air into the passenger cabin is as from dust, pollen and contaminants as possible.

To help driver and passengers entertained, the audio system is improved and placement is optimized. An AM/FM/CD system with eight is standard for SR5. Also is a 660-watt JBL Synthesis 14-speaker

The JBL systems are Bluetooth-compatible and are capable of XM Satellite radio with the installed equipment and service Both are equipped with MP3 A new-generation navigation system a new menu screen and an improved display is available for 2008.

To the travel experience for passengers in the and third-row seats, a Rear Entertainment system with a DVD and nine-inch display is available.

The same efficient packaging allows class-leading interior allows hauling pieces up to 11 in length.

Throughout, there are extra-large cup holders and eight holders, and designers also steps to enhance Sequoia’s of storage spaces. For instance, the box now measures 9.5 liters, and the second-row box will hold 12 CDs or four DVD

For the seating surfaces, both and an easy-to-clean fabric are available. interior colors are available, one of is new. The new one is Red Rock/Black, available in the Platinum grade, while the are Gray and Sand Beige.

The Sequoia employs active and safety features to help protection for vehicle occupants. is equipped with Toyota’s Safety System, which VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), and (Traction Control) (2WD or A-TRAC (Active-Traction Control) models), ABS (antilock braking) EBD (electronic brake force and Brake Assist.

Sequoia’s safety performance is enhanced by and passenger seat-mounted side- and curtain airbags that are as standard equipment; and roll-sensing curtain airbags that from the front seat to the seat.

Standard Features and

The 2008 Sequoia is available in grades – SR5, and Platinum.

The list of standard on the SR5 and Limited grades, includes the 276 hp V8 engine and automatic transmission, STAR Safety System, Brake Distribution with Assist, side curtain with rollover sensor, immobilizer with alarm, tire pressure monitoring seating for eight passengers, manually adjustable driver’s four-way manually adjustable passenger’s seat, fold-flat for second- and third-row seats, tri-zone air conditioning, power locks, back window, entry, AM/FM/CD eight-speaker system with a mini-plug for compatibility, rear wiper and tilt/telescope steering wheel, control, spare tire and mud

To that, the Limited grade front and rear parking fog lamps, heated leather-trimmed 10-way-adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel and gear knob, Optitron gauges, display, electrochromatic rear-view roof rack, running and JBL Synthesis audio system Bluetooth capability.

The Platinum includes all of the above, and also the 5.7L V8 engine and six-speed 20-inch diamond cut-finish wheels, rear load-leveling air power seat memory heated and air-conditioned front (driver and first-row passenger), heated seats, rear power back door, headlamp cleaner, and navigation with a backup camera.

A wide range of options is on the SR5 and Limited Grades, including the V8 engine and six-speed transmission, drive, a towing package, entertainment system, heated seat packages, load-leveling air suspension, sunroof, 20-inch wheels, power back and more. Laser cruise is an option exclusive to the Platinum

Interesting Details

The Sequoia’s and engineers went to extraordinary to make sure the vehicle is as to ride in and convenient to use as possible. As an of the conveniences they specified, an electrically driven full-flat mechanism was developed for the third-row When the seat is folded its flat position, large or cargo can be loaded without the seat.

Every small was carefully planned in the effort to concerns of quality were to. For instance, engineers worked to the operational feel of the Sequoia’s They specified large handles that would be to use, and located the handles at an height.

Closing the back requires less force was required on previous models, and the glass can be opened and closed for loading or ventilation with the of a key. Also included are hooks in the cargo section which to hang grocery

The rear door opening is 10 degrees wider than the model, providing easier ingress/egress and child seat

An intuitive parking assist is optionally available. This sensors and an audible warning to the driver of the position of solid and their distance from the

As a final interesting touch, the towing hitch is integrated the frame as a single unit.

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