The time for a full redesign has finally come! After so many years of waiting, the next-generation 4Runner is on the way and even though the outgoing model still marks some pretty impressive sales results, it’s obvious that it needs massive changes to remain competitive in this specific niche of off-road SUVs. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the latest reports suggest all kinds of significant changes for the 2025 Toyota 4Runner, with massive improvement over the current generation, which has been around since 2008.
At this point, the Japanese carmaker still tries to keep things a secret, but some aspects of the new model are pretty easy to predict. For example, it’s quite obvious that the new model will switch to the new platform and that the old V6 will finally be replaced with something more efficient. Of course, this redesign will also bring a completely new styling, along with the all-new interior and loads of new technologies.
2025 Toyota 4Runner Redesign
As mentioned, the outgoing model still makes impressive sales results, mostly due to the fact that there aren’t many genuine SUVs left on the market. However, the current model has been around since 2008 and it definitely needs updates to remain competitive, in the segment where key rivals are models like Wrangler and Bronco.
For that reason, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner new generation will be completely new, starting from the switch to the new TNGA-F platform, the one that already underpins most of Toyota’s body-on-frame lineup. In the case of 4Runner, we expect most similarities with the new Tacoma, as well as the new Tundra, which had a premiere last spring and now is coming to the market to reconfirm its dominating position in the segment.
Of course, benefits from the new platform will be numerous, starting from the major weight reduction, improved torsional rigidity and better on-road manners. But most importantly, the new platform means the adoption of new technologies, something that the 4Runner needs so badly.
As for the exterior design, the new styling is coming, of course. At this moment, the exact look is still a mystery but we have no doubt that the new model will look even more rugged than before. What’s worth mentioning is that dimensions probably won’t change much. Toyota doesn’t want to follow the current trend of oversizing and it’s rather willing to compromise on the third-row passenger space than to sacrifice off-road potentials, which is the thing that usually comes with stretched wheelbase, longer overhangs and similar things.
Speaking of off-road performance, it’s also worth mentioning that the new 4Runner will once again come with a couple of off-road dedicated models, starting from the well-known TRD Pro model. But, we also expect a big novelty – just like the new Tacoma, the next-generation 4Runner is expected to come in the Trailhunter version, with all those overlanding upgrades.
As for the interior design, there’s no argument that the current model looks pretty outdated and that it needs a comprehensive interior design. The dashboard looks old and utilizes low-rent materials mostly, so this will change first. Most likely, the dash will adopt a lot of Tacoma’s aesthetics, though we also expect to see a good portion of exclusive solutions. A big part of this redesign will be the adoption of new technologies, starting from the massive infotainment and instrument screens, new connectivity features, advanced safety systems and more.
As mentioned, the overall dimensions probably won’t change much, so we expect a similar amount of passenger space. This means that the third row won’t be particularly spacious and that Toyota will once again prioritize off-roading over comfort, as we already mentioned.
2025 Toyota 4Runner Engines
Finally, a word about 2025 Toyota 4Runner specs. The long-living, pretty much bulletproof 4.0-liter V6 will finally go into well-deserved retirement. And, the replacement will come in the form of something much smaller and efficient, but equally capable. Of course, we are talking about the new 2.4-liter turbo-four, with a max output of 278 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, which seems on par with the old V6. More importantly, the outdated 5-speed automatic will finally get a replacement, most likely with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
But this won’t be the only powertrain option available in the new 2025 Toyota 4Runner. It will also come in a hybrid variant, equipped with the same system as Tacoma, based on a 2.4-liter turbo-four. That system puts out around 326 horsepower and, more importantly, offers a tremendous amount of torque, which goes up to 465 pound-feet, which is something that guarantees excellent driving dynamics and way higher off-road potential than before.
2025 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2025 Toyota 4Runner will arrive sometime in the second half of 2024, with the starting price going a little bit over 40.000 dollars.