All New Rodeo Pickup | Part Four

Three-Point Seat-Belts Plus ISOFIX Child Seat Mountings

The front seat-belts have impact load-limiting pretensioners and are height-adjustable as are the two outer rear seat-belts on the Double Cab.

Every Rodeo occupant also benefits from a three-point seat belt – even for the centre passenger on the Double Cab.

Even more unusual is the fitment of an ISOFIX child seat mounting on the front passenger seat of every model and also on the two outer rear seats of the Double Cab. This makes the new Rodeo ideally suited for use as a ‘lifestyle’ family vehicle.

Car-Like Security Features

Passenger car-like security features include an engine immobiliser for all models plus a warning reminder should the ignition key be left in the vehicle inadvertently.

Meanwhile, the top-spec Denver also has an alarm and central door locking with a keyless entry facility featuring a rolling code for even greater security.

This works by changing the code between the key and the vehicle every time the Rodeo is locked and unlocked – like shuffling a pack of cards.

New Rodeo Really Measures Up

Cargo dimensions, payloads and towing weights are among the best available with, for example, a maximum loadfloor length of 2,270 mm for the Single Cab and 1,380 mm for the Double Cab.

The Rodeo 4x2 Single Cab has a highly competitive 1,135 kg payload, with the 4x2 Double Cab boasting a useful 1,110 kg payload.

Meanwhile, the Rodeo 4x4 Single Cab can carry 1,095 kg and the 4x4 Double Cab 1,055 kg – all comfortably within the tax-critical 1,000 kg threshold. Even the top-spec Rodeo Denver automatic has a 1,045 kg payload.

Towing weights are equally impressive, being 2,000 kg for the 2.5 litre models – the same as for the previous TF Pickup – and a class-challenging 2,500 kg for the new 3.0 litre 4x4 models.

The new Rodeo 4x4’s ground clearance is a generous 225 mm in Denver-spec and 210 as a normal 4x4 Single or Double Cab. Approach and departure angles are 35 degrees and 21 degrees for the Denver and 34 degrees and 21 degrees for all other 4x4 Rodeos.

Even the standard 4x2 models can clear most building site obstacles and tractor-churned furrows, with ground clearances of either 190 mm as a Single Cab or 195 mm in slightly bigger-tyred Double Cab form.

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Published 22 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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