The 2024 Toyota 4Runner is being prepared for a redesign work as the vehicle is set for new updates. After all, the vehicle has been around for quite a while so it’s only logical if newer updates and improvements are expected. But will the updates make the new 4Runner better – at least cooler than the previous models?
About the 4Runner
There are many reasons why people love 4Runner so much. This is a charming SUV that has impressive ‘bulletproof’ quality. It’s solid. It’s capable. It has a very cool look. However, its fifth gen whose launch date took place in 2009 has become outdated and ‘worn’. With auto 5 speed transmission and only 20 mpg on the highway, the 4Runner doesn’t seem appealing anymore. It’s a good thing that Toyota decides that they are going to upgrade the 4Runner and they are going to do it soon.
The Updated Plan
The 2024 Toyota 4Runner would be coming as the sixth gen vehicle, but Toyota has been quite swept up with their own production planning. The company has been busy with their SUV and offroad truck lineup. The entire process began with Tundra 2022, continued with the Sequoia 2023. In theory, it should be the 4Runner next, but the company hasn’t mentioned any launch date.
Toyota revealed their updates for the 2023 model, so there is big possibility that the new 4Runner would be coming in 2023 (no time date has been specified) as the 2024 year model. According to reports, Toyota has been preparing the Land Cruiser launch in the US with design inspiration of Land Cruiser Prado. If it truly happens, then it’s possible that 4Runner would postpone the 4Runner refresh until 2024, which means that it would be coming as the 2025 model.
Design and Construction
The company has been switching to TNGA-F (truck) platform for their new body on frame SUVs and trucks. The same platform has been used by the new Sequoia, Lexus LX 600, new Tundra, and also new Land Cruiser J300. The smaller (and more compact) version can be used for the Tacoma pickup and 4Runner.
If following the traditional schedule, the 4Runner has been constructed in Japan. However, with Toyota switching to the new platform has made a question arise: Is it possible that Toyota shifting the production to the US? If they are, will they shift only some or the entire production?
Powertrain and Performance
Toyota has been changing the size of their engines all through the SUV and truck lineup. They are mostly doing the downsize, such as switching the V8 to the V6. The 4Runner is running on V6 unit with 4.0 liter capacity currently, and it would likely switch to a four cylinder unit.
The base model would be coming with inline four turbocharged unit with 2.4 liter capacity, which is the favorite option. This unit would be taken from the all new (Lexus) NX 350, which is able to generate 275 hp and 317 Nm of torque. This is basically able to deliver more torque and punch than the currently running V6.
There is always a possibility of a hybrid power. After all, Toyota has claimed that all models would have a minimum hybrid unit before 2025. The Hybrid Max unit with 2.4 liter capacity can be the upgrade option for the performance orientation pick. This unit is able to generate 340 hp and 400 Nm of torque, and it’s already be installed in the Crown. This would be the perfect option if the 4Runner wants to compete against Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler.
The information about the 2024 Toyota 4Runner is very limited and scarce, so let’s for the company’s official reveal and announcement.