Toyota’s super-capable SUV is finally about to get a redesign. The current generation has been around since 2009 and it’s about time to see some updates, even though the current model has made record sales in the past few years. The 4Runner is on a swing and the Japanese manufacturer wants to use this trend and make even better sales numbers with the next generation, which will arrive in the next year, as the 2024 Toyota 4Runner.
The officials are still quiet about the new SUV but can predict some of the main design characteristics, starting from the platform and overall layout. We also expect novelties under the hood, which will make this SUV more capable and also more efficient. Just like the current model, the new generation will remain a genuine BoF SUV, with excellent off-road performance. Moreover, rumors suggest an even more capable TRD Pro model for the new generation.
We believe that the 2024 Toyota 4Runner will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2023.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Design
The upcoming redesign is about to bring a full load of novelties and we have no doubt that one of the most important upgrades will be the new platform. Just like the rest of Toyota’s BoF lineup, the 2024 Toyota 4Runner will also switch to the new GA-F platform. It should bring improvements in many aspects, starting from notable weight reduction, improved comfort and ride quality etc. Speaking of the ride quality, it looks like the new 4Runner will feature an independent front suspension, while the rear end would include a solid axle with new multi-link coil springs.
Naturally, the new generation will also offer excellent off-road performances. Base versions should already come with respectable ground clearance, rear locking differential, two-speed transfer case etc. The TRD Pro models, on the other hand, should bring a couple of additional off-road features, such as an upgraded suspension, additional locking differentials, upgrade tires, skid plates and many more.
When it comes to the exterior design, we don’t expect to see any radical changes. The overall layout should remain the same. We count on a classic SUV shape, with boxy lines and a rugged appearance. The new generation should look even bolder, while we will also see a completely new front-end design. We presume that the design language will have a lot in common with models like Tundra and Sequoia.
We presume that the Japanese engineers don’t want to sacrifice the 4Runner’s excellent off-road performance, so dimensions should remain pretty much the same. This refers to the wheelbase, which currently measures around 110 inches, while the total length should go around 190 inches. Naturally, the TRD Pro model would come with all kinds of exclusive styling details, which would accentuate the model’s off-road potential even more.
Naturally, this redesign would also bring a completely new cabin layout. Considering that the current interior hasn’t changed much since 2009, we expect to see significant upgrades, not just in terms of aesthetics, but also in terms of materials and attention to detail. Furthermore, we are about to see a full load of the latest tech features, including a massive infotainment screen, digital instrument cluster, and new connectivity features.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new generation probably won’t feature bigger changes in terms of size. Therefore, we presume that the amount of passenger space will remain pretty similar. Due to the relatively short wheelbase, the third row probably won’t be too generous with space. On the other hand, the first two rows will be spacious and comfortable, able to accommodate adults with ease.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Engines
Big changes are expected under the hood as well. Although the officials are still quiet, there is no doubt that the good-old 4.0-liter V6 will be retired. The replacement will probably come in the form of the company’s new 2.4-liter turbo-four. This engine puts out around 275 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque. The engine would come in pair with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Some sources also speculate about a hybrid version. That model would come with a new system that is based on a turbo-four engine, with a combined output of nearly 350 horsepower.
One of the biggest benefits of the new engine will be better fuel economy. The current V6 is super-reliable but also very thirsty. It returns around 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. We believe that the new turbo-four would be able to provide around 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Of course, the hybrid model would be even more impressive.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
We believe that the 2024 Toyota 4Runner could arrive in the second half of the next year. The base price should go around 40.000 dollars.