The future of the Toyota 4Runner has been speculated about for quite a while. While some sources claimed this body-on-frame SUV was slated for discontinuation, others suggested that the Japanese carmaker was planning a next-generation model for the very near future. So, the most recent reports reveal that the completely redesigned model is likely to make its debut sometime in 2017. In that case, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner will mark the sixth generation of this highly successful mid-size SUV. We expect it to adopt a more modern design and a more efficient engine range, while retaining its well-known off-road abilities as well as exceptional dependability.
We’ll be watching closely for any new information concerning the upcoming redesign. According to some reports, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner could hit the showroom floors in the second half of 2017.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Design
When it comes to the architecture, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner will ride on Toyota’s international Prado platform that already underpins the Lexus GX. It’s also expected to shed some curb weight due to a number of lightweight structural elements applied in its construction. As far as the sheet metal is concerned, the redesigned 4Runner will adopt a more contemporary styling, although it’s very likely to retain its current dimensions. Expect it to feature a radically different front fascia that’s more in line with the company’s latest design philosophy.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Side
Inside, the changes will be even more drastic since the outgoing model has often been criticized for its outdated cabin design. The next-generation 4Runner will come with significantly improved materials and a host of the latest technological amenities. More details on the upcoming redesign are expected to surface in the coming months.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Engine Department
Unofficial sources claim that the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is most likely to come with two different powertrains. The current 4.0-liter V6 making 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque is expected to carry over unchanged. Now, the more frugal engine option is expected to come in the form of the 3.5-liter V6 that powers the 2016 Tacoma. This direct-injected Atkinson-cycle engine produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of twist in the Tacoma pickup truck. Moreover, the 2018 4Runner is expected to receive a brand new transmission instead of the outdated 5-speed automatic that’s currently on offer.