Equator RMZ-4 at the Chicago Auto Show brought
back memories of another lightly disguised concept truck from fifteen
Chevrolet Highlander (and you probably thought Toyota was the first
to use that name) also debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. It was a
sneak preview of the second-generation 1994 Chevrolet S-10 compact
RMZ-4, the Highlander came with a "hey-look-at-me" two-tone paint
job, integrated light bar and off-road stance. The Highlander's
aerodynamic profile, which carried over directly to the 1994 S-10,
was a radical departure from the square
and angular shape of first generation S-10 pickups.
from the nuclear green directional wheels and crazy paint job, I think
the overall shape and design details have worn well with age.
The Highlander still looks modern.
arrived six years before the introduction of four-door crew cabs
in the compact/mid-size segment. Only regular cab and extended cab
models were available then, and its coolest feature was
a sliding door that provided easy access to the back of
the cab. Three years later the 1996 S-10 arrived with an optional
third door that opened backwards, with conventional hinges, when the
driver-side front door was open.
Highlander were shown for the first time today, I don't doubt it would
have ditched the sliding rear door in favor of a crew cab configuration,
like the RMZ-4. I bought a 1994 S-10 extended cab 4x4 and was
disappointed the slider never made it to production.
features included a
built-in tool compartment on the left side of the bed, front and rear
winches, and a prominent front bumper guard.
forward to the 2009 Suzuki Equator through the RMZ-4 concept, it's
interesting to look back at the Chevy Highlander concept that played
a similar role years ago.