The Toyota 4Runner occupies first place among real off-road sport utility vehicles. The 2017 model year 4Runner updates are purely functional. The car will use an IMV platform, like the EU-spec Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Prado. However, the wider application of light alloys will decrease the car weight by as much as 190 lbs. The new Toyota 4Runner 2017 will have more aggressive features in the design, reminiscent of current TRD versions. The grille will become wider, as a continuation of the ribbed hood. Round LED fog lamps will be placed in the original vertical niches in the bottom of the bumper. The wheel arches will increase slightly in size.
In the interior an LCD Optitron display will replace the traditional dashboard. The steering wheel will have even more buttons and a slightly increased diameter. All seats will be improved, becoming more comfortable and getting effective lateral support. The multimedia system is represented by a 7-inch touch screen and six speakers. The top versions will have leather upholstery and wood trimming. The interior will be as spacious as before. The back seats would comfortably accommodate a person up to 6’2″ tall with easy access to the third row.
The 2017 4Runner’s seven seats will be arranged in the classic configuration: two seats on the first row, three on the second and two seats on the third. Just like in many other cars, the second row seats will have a 60/40 split-fold function while the third row will be foldable in 50/50 proportions. Cargo capacity will range from 7 cubic ft up to 38,1 if all seats are folded.
As for the power plants, the Toyota 4Runner will be equipped with only one type of engine: a 4-liter V-shaped six-linder petrol engine producing 240 hp, familiar to current generation 4Runner owners; The suspension is independent: four-link at the rear and two-link at the front. It is planned to equip the rear wheels with disc brakes. All versions will have the classic four-wheel drive layout.
It is expected that the car will be a direct competitor to the Nissan Pathfinder and CR-V from Honda. Unlike them, it is not only a family-friendly crossover SUV, but also a very off-road capable vehicle, comparable with legendary Toyota’s FJ70 and Jeep SUVs.
Pricing and release date
The price for the standard 2017 Toyota 4Runner will be around $35,000. Models with more features and options, better trimming and a more powerful engine will cost more with prices ranging up to $45,000.
The Toyota 4Runner 2017 SUV will appear on sale only at the end of 2016.
Release date: late 2016
2017 Toyota 4Runner redesign
If to speak about the appearance of the updated car, it is, in comparison with its predecessor, more aggressive thanks to a new enlarged grille, slanted front optics and restyled hood with vents. Also the new Toyota 4Runner is different from the pre-facelifted model in terms of the design of the rearlights, new light alloy rims and a different front bumper.
At the rear can be noted a door spoiler with integrated stop lights. The integrated body sills have stainless steel plates. The geometry of the third side window has changed with it now being adjacent to the rear door. The upper line of the rear wing and the entire rear section have also been redesigned. The basic model is equipped with 17 or 18 inch alloy wheels, depending on the trim level. The door handles have chrome finishing.
he appearance of the car differs depending on the trim level. Basic trims have a more simple bumper design, TRD has a non-painted plastic one, and top-trim versions of the car have luxury chrome trimming.
Exterior features have been enhanced in the new model to make it more attractive to buyers. The headlights will have LED lights, and the same method is used in the rear lights. The fog lights will use xenon lamps. This ensures excellent illumination in foggy driving conditions. The ground clearance of Toyota models, as they say, is higher than its competitors.
In the updates list for the 2017 Toyota 4runner SUV cabin there is a new Optitron instrument panel, Entune multimedia system and a new steering wheel.
One feature of the Toyota 4Runner 2017 is that the two rear rows of seats can be folded up fully to take advantage of the huge cargo space. The 4Runner takes on board 7 passengers accommodated in three rows. The front seats receive power adjustment over a wider range, and a memory function saves three variants of the position.
The interior design is based on leather seats, different trimming and the inside of the doors and racks decorated with high quality materials – wood, metal and leather. The standard package includes an enhanced sound system. The steering wheel has audio control buttons. A large 7-inch touch screen is on the center console and is equipped with various applications for navigation, entertainment and security. Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will be on the standard equipment list.
The carmaker has divided the level of equipment into three groups. The basic version will get seven airbags, a navigation system, a rear view camera, heating and a beverage cooling department.
Naturally, the more expensive the trim level is, the more it is stuffed with various equipment. Thus, the top version receives LED headlights, roof rails, keyless entry, power tailgate and parking sensors.
In addition, another 7-inch display for the navigation system will be optional. At official Toyota dealerships in the United States the restyled car will be available in three trim levels – SR5, Limited and TRD.
All cars will be optionally equipped with a four wheel drive system along with a five-speed automatic transmission standard for all models. Other features including Unit Traction Control (controls the dynamics), an anti-lock braking system, locking rear differential and a special Multi-Terrain feature – an intelligent car control system designed to help the driver in different conditions: on grass, snow, mud and sand. You may have found this feature in other Toyota vehicles such as the new Tacoma.
2017 4Runner engine
Previous versions of the Toyota 4Runner SUV have only had one powertrain available. This is a gasoline 4-liter V6, which develops 270 horsepower and 277 lb ft (376 Newton meters) of maximum torque. This engine is equipped with an automatic 5-speed ECT-I transmission. The all-wheel drive version of the car in the city has a fuel consumption level of 17 mpg, and 21 mpg on the highway. For FWD modifications of an SUV, the figures are 17 and 23 mpg respectively.
The new Toyota 4Runner 2017 keep this powertrain without any changes.
There is some speculation that the new 2017 model might get a diesel version, equipped with a 2.8L Cummins diesel engine. It is likely to be true, but only for a special TRD Off-road trim level, because diesel engines work better off the road.
This article about the 2017 Toyota 4Runner has been prepared on the basis of rumors and speculation on the Internet. The exact release date and the start of sales is unclear, but there is up-to- date information available.
|2017 Toyota 4Runner|
|Engine type||DOHC 24V V6, direct fuel injection|
|Power/torque||270 hp; 277 lb-ft|
|Transmission||5 or 6 speed automatic|
|Cargo volume||46.3-88.8 cubic ft|
|Top speed||115 mph (limited)|
|PRICE RANGE: $35,000-$45,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Honda CR-V, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder|