Although it’s been around for nearly 14 years, the current generation is still among the best-selling mid-size SUVs on the market. The reasons are obvious, starting from the fact that this is one of the few remaining true SUVs, with the body-on-frame platform and relatively reasonable price. Therefore, the expectations from the 2024 Toyota 4Runner high in every aspect. At this point, the officials are still quiet but after the recent presentation of the new Land Cruisers, which is coming back to North America, it’s just a matter of time before we see the all-new 4Runner.
Despite the lack of information, some things are relatively easy to predict, starting from the overall design approach. Of course, things won’t change much in this aspect, but the 2024 Toyota 4Runner will come based on a new platform, significantly improved in every aspect. This refers to the powertrain as well, considering that the new generation is finally about to drop the super-thirsty 4.0-liter V6 and get something more efficient.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2024 Toyota 4Runner will be redesigned after 14 years, so it doesn’t surprise that everyone expects significant changes. The first thing that comes to mind is the platform and there is no room for surprises in this aspect. Just like the rest of the BoF lineup, the 4Runner will also switch to the new TNGA-F platform but if we are about to go into more details, we presume that most of the parts would be shared with the new Tacoma, as well as the revived Land Cruiser 250.
This refers to the similar suspension setup, which is expected to be completely independent on the rear end. Furthermore, we count on serious off-road features, just like in the current model. Besides the suspension, this would include a rear locker, while some sources also speculate about the center locking differential, which will be standard in the new Land Cruiser.
As for the exterior design, we expect to see a completely new styling, with a more rugged approach than before, especially at the front. Still, the overall shape shouldn’t change drastically, because the current model already offers well-balanced proportions for an off-road SUV.
This leads us to dimensions, which are expected to remain similar. The wheelbase could be slightly longer, but we don’t expect to see anything radical in terms of length, width and height. Furthermore, the company will certainly offer TRD-badged models but we are also getting some hints about the Trailhunter. To remind you, such a version of Tacoma has just been presented and it features a little bit different approach to off-roading than the TRD Pro, with a different suspension setup. This is more of a rock crawler, and also an overlander, so there is a full load of accessories, along with exclusive styling details.
As for interior design, anything but radical changes would be a surprise. Simply put, the current model looks extremely outdated in this aspect, so any kind of change seems monumental. We presume that the overall design approach, at least when it comes to the dashboard design, will be quite similar to the new Tacoma. The dash could look pretty similar and also include the same tech features, including the optional 14.0-inch infotainment system.
As for the seating configuration, base models are expected to come with two spacious and comfortable rows of seats. The third row would be optional, and we expect it to be typically tight for the segment. On the other hand, the current generation is pretty generous with the cargo space, so anything less than that in the new model would be a bit of a disappointment.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Engines
This is just another aspect where monumental changes are about to happen. As mentioned, the outgoing model features an outdated, not particularly efficient V6 engine that should go to a well-deserved retirement. The replacement is expected to come in the form of the new 2.4-liter turbo-four, the same version that powers the new Tacoma, with a max output of 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Besides the new engine, we also expect to see to archaic 5-speed automatic replaced with a new 8-speed unit.
Higher trim levels, such as the TRD Pro and the Trailhunter, would probably come with something peppier and, of course, the new hybrid system is what comes to our mind. That system puts out around 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
So far, the company has been pretty successful in keeping details about the new model a secret and the same goes for the launch date. Officials are still quiet but if we can rely on insiders, the new model will most likely come in the first half of the next year. As for the price, base versions are expected to go around 42.000 dollars.