Next Generation Toyota 4Runner Might Lose Its Off-Road Abilities


The Toyota 4Runner is one of a few truly off-road capable SUV’s available on the market today. It’s been in production for a number of years, but rumors say that the production of this model will cease in 2017. It is expected that a brand new model will be released in 2018, which will be bigger and wider but may not be quite as capable off-road. So, the 2018 model year Toyota 4Runner concept might be changed.

Launch date and possible price

Some sources say that Toyota is in no rush to release a successor to the popular 4Runner, so we may not see anything until 2019, but others say that the debut of the new 4Runner will definitely happen in 2018.

Release date: 2018

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Prices are expected to remain the same, this should mean that the base model of the Toyota 4Runner 2018 starts around $36,000, although IF Toyota release a hybrid version, that will be significantly more expensive.

Brand New Design

The current generation 4Runner is styed aggressively, not something that we expect from Toyota, although its appearance does fit well with the rugged off-road capability.

Some say that the new 4Runner will be similar to the new Fortuner, or perhaps even built upon the same platform, although that surely means the loss of its character, making it similar to the RAV4, but bigger. Toyota 4Runner 2018 redesign is highly awaited thing among fans.

It really does depend on how Toyota see the market, and whether they feel the opportunities exist for such a model.

As for the interior, there has been nothing publicly announced, but surely Toyota will upgrade it to meet with the latest trends and styles; high-end media system, optional digital display dash and something a bit more… futuristic rather than the boring or staid version that’s available currently. So, at least there would be 2018 4Runner redesign for an interior.

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New 4Runner Powertrain and Specs

Toyota don’t like to be radical when it comes to powertrain, they just want reliability and a decent power output. We think the old 4.0 liter V6 will be replaced with a modern 3.5 liter V6, producing 300 BHP and giving good gas mileage for the 4Runner 2018. The 2018 4Runner V8 is not expected.

Having said that, all manufacturers are looking toward smaller engines at the moment, so perhaps Toyota will offer a small turbocharged engine option. It’s unlikely that they’ll offer a hybrid version, mainly thanks to cost, but also because adding the batteries to an already heavy vehicle will make the ride and handling terrible.

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro features the same powertrain, but slightly redesigned suspension and different overall design than Toyota 4Runner Limited.

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  • B Bennett

    Why mess with the design? The new exterior will lose its distinctive appeal and look like all the other mid size SUV’s out there ( specifically, it’s sibling, the Highlander). Have owned 2 4 Runners. LOVED them. Have had the latest for 10 years. It is a V8. REALLY loved this one. Because of the V8, been hesitant to upgrade. Been watching engine upgrades specifically. Now, with this new design possibility, I may need to re-think buying. Toyota – re-design your frame all you want, but please leave the body design alone! If it ain’t broke – why fix it?

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We hope 4Runner won't lose its unique capabilities and will be much better in its next generation.

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