We know when the next generation 4Runner will be making its way to you. Correction. We think we know when the next generation 4Runner will be making its way to you. I say it this way because in the automotive industry, things are more fluid and can change from news report to news report.
Look at the new Tundra redesign as an ideal example. For the entire last year we thought it would be a 2021 model year, and now reports coming out of the Toyota world claim we will be seeing a next-gen 2022 Tundra to be released at the end of 2021.
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How about our beloved 4Runner though? This huge SUV has a well-earned reputation for long-term toughness and dependability. It also has a wide range of trim levels designed to satisfy people looking for practicality, for luxury, and for off-roading ability. And then throw in new Nightshade and Venture grades as well. Toyota 4Runner has it all.
Or does it? How about a new redesign and when will we see it?
The latest on next-gen 4Runner
Again we look to one of Toyota’s most beloved SUVs of all time to see just how quickly things change, and also just as much how they stay the same.
Here is what we know about time frame. I have heard enough reports within Toyota circles over the last year to be 90% sure we were looking at a newly redesigned 2022 Toyota 4Runner. However, just like Tundra, this timetable seems to be flexible and has changed (which is fine, by the way).
As of today, I feel we are looking at a sixth generation 2023 4Runner. This will be released to the public sometime in 2022, more than likely in the second half of the year.
Look for new exterior and interior styling, along with plenty of technology and safety additions as well. Also, one of the biggest changes will be to the powertrain. Currently 2020 4Runner uses a combination of a 4.0-liter V6 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. This produces 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. torque.
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Why change 4Runner anyway?
For many fans and enthusiasts, there is no urgent need to completely overhaul 4Runner. New owners are buying an SUV that should last hundreds of thousands of miles, be trustworthy while offering peace of mind, and hold its value better than just about any other vehicle sold in America.
On the flip side, we are in the midst of the longest continuous same generation Toyota 4Runner in its long and storied history. This current fifth-generation was first launched for the 2009 model year and refreshed for 2014 4Runners. We are obviously in the 2020 model year now.
It will soon be time to redesign.
Potential buyers in the market for a 2020 4Runner should be pleased with new additions and upgrades, though, to this year’s model. Look for standard Toyota Safety Sense, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto with larger multimedia touch screens, a modernized multi-information display, and rear-seat USB ports. It is a very good time to buy a 4Runner.
Time for your thoughts on Toyota 4Runner
I am of the mindset that Toyota is working to make sure they hit a home run with this next-gen 4Runner offering. It will be worth the wait. First and foremost, we all want Toyota’s quality and reliability to continue with 4Runner. Next, let’s see a new powertrain that improves power and gas mileage. I would love to see what a 4Runner Hybrid would look and perform like as well.
What do you think? What is the ideal new powertrain for next-gen 4Runner? Would you be open to considering a 4Runner Hybrid? What other features would you like to see?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you in the next story when I detail potential powertrain choices for the next-gen 2023 Toyota 4Runner.
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