The current 4Runner has been on the market since 2009 but the actual truck remained pretty much unchanged ever since the 2002 model which really shows, especially on the road where the 4Runner is simply not as good as the competition. However, instead of going to a uni-body design, Toyota decided that it might be the right time to update one of the better SUVs, so they are going to release a new model with the 2017 Toyota 4Runner which is going to share a lot of its components with the new Tacoma.
This means that it will get a stronger but lighter chassis than before, new engines, a brand new design for its body as well as a more sophisticated suspension system that will allow it to travel better at highway speeds while keeping its off-road prowess unchanged. The price or the release date are unknown at this point but we could bet that the new truck will be released at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and its price when it will hit the market will be similar to that of the ongoing model.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Design
Just as we said, in terms of exterior design the new 2017 Toyota 4Runner will very likely feature a very similar look to the new Tacoma or the upcoming Tundra and this is to be expected considering that the trucks are part of the same family. However, the new 4Runner should receive a nicer rear end that this time around will not look like a pick-up truck with a bed cover installed on it.
The interior will be a bit more upmarket as well and the new model should receive not only a new design but a lot of new features as standard. It will now include all the usual safety features found on all the other models, it will get more space inside the cabin thanks to the new chassis and it should also receive Toyota’s latest technologies in terms of entertainment.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Specs
Engine wise, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is likely going to boast a single engine choice, just like the current model is. However, instead of the old 4 liter V6, the car is now going to get Toyota’s new 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is not a normal petrol engine because it also runs in a modified Atkinson cycle, so it is a lot more fuel efficient than before. This will be mated to a standard four wheel drive system and a 6 speed automatic and thanks to its direct injection unit, it will be able to provide an impressive 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, or just as much as the Lexus GS.