All New Rodeo Pickup | Part Two

Spacious, Ergonomic, Comfortable Interior

Considerable thought and effort has gone into the new Rodeo’s interior, resulting in car-like standards of soft-touch surfaces such as the doors and fascia plus ergonomics and seat comfort previously unheard of in a pickup.

The stylish one-piece fascia would not look out of place in an upmarket executive saloon with all major controls readily at hand.

Air-conditioning controls on the Denver are easy to use rotary dials and all models have four-speed wipers with intermittent control. The manual gearbox is especially slick-shifting and every variant also has a floor-mounted handbrake. Remarkably, some competitors still persist with an umbrella-type design.

Rodeo 4x4 models have a fascia-mounted button to select ‘shift-on-the fly’ allowing 4WD or 2WD to be engaged on the move at speeds up to 60 mph. For low ratio, the vehicle must be stationary but selection is equally simple.

Other convenience features include remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped tiltable steering wheel and four electric windows on the Denver plus a single-disc CD and radio for all models which also have power steering, and anti-blind-spot door mirrors.

All Rodeos benefit from extensive cabin sound-proofing with insulation placed in critical areas to heighten refinement.

Interior space is also generous with the rear seat backrest on the Double Cab slanted at a comfortable angle unlike many competitors which have a near vertical rake. Rear seat legroom is also ample.

Equally, the rear doors are much wider than with the previous TF Pickup and can be opened up to 68.5 degrees allowing easy entry and exit.

Headroom grows from 970 mm to 1,004 mm for the new model with shoulder room up from 1,410 mm to 1,450 mm. In addition, the driver’s seat now has 40 mm more adjustment with up to 200 mm of travel.
continues... | Part Three
Published 22 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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