The curious case of the Toyota 4Runner is something that has been bothering marketing experts in the last several years. The problem lays in the fact that, as this model gets older it also gets more popular. While some wonder why, we believe that things are pretty simple. There aren’t many genuine SUV models anymore, especially in the mid-size class. Practically, models like Wrangler and the upcoming Bronco are too small, while models like Tahoe or Expedition are too big for many drivers. The 4Runner seems like a perfect balance. Add to this excellent off-road performance and everything becomes perfectly clear. However, it looks like the current model won’t remain in production for too long. It looks like the redesign is on the way and that it will come as the 2022 Toyota 4Runner.
Those are the latest reports we are getting from our insiders. However, all of them are unofficial and mostly based on rumors. That’s why we can only speculate about the new generation, which could arrive already in a year or two. For now, the only thing that seems certain is that the new model will keep that genuine SUV layout and ride on a traditional body-on-frame platform.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Redesign
The current generation has been around since 2008. That’s way too long by modern standards, so it’s no wonder that the current model seems outdated in many ways. So, despite the popularity, it’s time for changes. The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is about to come completely new, according to the latest reports. At this point, we don’t know too many details about the new model, but we know for sure it will continue to ride on a body-on-frame platform. Of course, we will see a new one and that will be a downsized version of the new TNGA-F platform, which is about to debut in the new Tundra. Of course, the platform will be used for other BoF models as well, including models like Sequoia, 4Runner and several with a Lexus badge.
When it comes to the exterior design, we presume that there won’t be too many changes in terms of size. While crossovers are getting bigger and bigger with every redesign, we expect that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner won’t become much bigger. Simply, a too-long wheelbase would compromise the model’s off-road performance and that is definitely one of the model’s key selling points.
In terms of aesthetics, it’s still early to talk about details. Of course, we are about to see a completely new styling. Still, the direction of the new 4Runner is still unknown. Naturally, it will take some inspiration from the crossover lineup, particularly from the new RAV4. Still, we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer will bring a lot of new details as well, which will make this model look very rugged and capable.
If you look at the current model’s cabin, you can notice a lot of outdated details, especially on the dashboard. Simply, aesthetics belong to the previous generation of vehicles, while most materials are low-rent and hard to the touch. Also, you can easily notice the lack of numerous advanced tech goodies and safety features.
All this will be changed with the new 2022 Toyota 4Runner, which should arrive with a far better cabin layout, full of quality materials, attractive design solutions and loads of tech goodies. When it comes to the interior space, we count on some improvements but definitely don’t expect to see the significant ones. The third row will most likely remain tight and for children only, though the first two rows should come with some improvements in terms of comfort.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Engines
This is where we expect to see some interesting novelties. The current model comes with a reliable but pretty outdated 4.0-liter V6, which is capable but also quite thirsty. Therefore, it will probably be replaced with something smaller and more efficient, probably with a 3.5-liter V6, the same one that can be found in Tacoma.
However, this probably won’t be the only powertrain option in the offer. We also count on a hybrid version, which will sit at the top of the offer. The exact details are still unknown, but we expect a lot of power in a combination with solid mpg ratings.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
The exact launch date is yet to be announced but there is a big chance to see the 2022 Toyota 4Runner already in the next year. We don’t expect significant changes in price, so base versions should go around 37.000 dollars.