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Could 2022 Toyota 4Runner Trailhunter Be on the Way?

Toyota’s recent “Trailhunter” trademark request may give us a clue about what is upcoming with 2022 4Runner.


Yesterday I wrote a Torque News story detailing plans to discontinue two grades for 2022 Toyota 4Runner. They will be replaced with something new.

But what?

2022 Toyota 4Runner news

2021 Toyota 4Runner Venture Special Edition Classic Silver profile view overhead2021 4Runner Venture Special Edition - Classic Silver Metallic

Toyota will be saying goodbye to 4Runner Venture Special Edition and 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition for 2022 model year.

Both vehicles apply to different market segments and have their place and specific customer base. However, Toyota has chosen to replace them with “something new.”

I do not feel Toyota will completely redesign 2022 4Runner for a couple reasons. First, we have not heard any news suggesting this is the case. If 4Runner plans to be released for 2022 model year around September or October, we would have learned something by now.

Also, if Toyota will discontinue only a couple of the trim levels for next model year, this more than likely means a total new body style is not in the short-term works.

Not surprisingly, I am not in the Toyota inner circle – not even close. This means there is also the potential for a redesign. We just do not know.

I will find out when everyone finds out.

However, we could possibly have been given a clue, though.

Toyota Trailhunter

Toyota Trailhunter trademark request

Several media outlets have already reported that Toyota filed a trademark request with United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 10th of this year.

The request was for the name “Trailhunter.”

Several motivations spring to mind here for this move by Toyota.

Trailhunter might be used for a brand-new vehicle that has not been announced yet. This could be a more rugged SUV-type model in the mold of a next-gen FJ Cruiser. I think we all know there is a huge Toyota void in that market segment.

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This could also apply to a new trim level for Toyota 4Runner and / or other popular Toyota models. Perhaps we could see this on Toyota 4Runner and Tundra and Tacoma and Sequoia.

Or, Toyota could have just been reserving the name in case it ever decides to use it on something worthy of the name.

You have to admit, Toyota Trailhunter sounds super cool, right?

Time for your Toyota 4Runner comments

I guess we will find out what will happen with 2022 Toyota 4Runner and the name Toyota Trailhunter when the time is right.

Sort of like the movie Wedding Crashers. When Todd said to Vince Vaughn, “I’ll pop out at the right moment.” Actually, it will not be anything like that at all. I just thought it would be fun to reference Wedding Crashers. What a great movie.

If there ever ends up being a Toyota 4Runner Trailhunter, what features do you think it should have? Should it be more off-road capable, or more utility, or more luxury?

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Rob (not verified)    May 12, 2021 - 11:03AM

Sounds like another Toyota ploy to offer another “Special Edition” model in an attempt to keep the line fresh while extending the current model as long as possible. They are squeezing every ounce of profit off this platform without a new redesign. I’m not expecting much more than a special badge, a “special” paint color, and possibly a “special” interior graphic or snazzy upholstery stitching.
I’ve just about given up on Toyota doing something special with this beloved model.I’m even expecting Toyota to give up on its long standing body on frame design in favor of some modified Highlander platform for its next overhaul.