Toyota is one of the leading car manufacturers in the world, and the hype around their models is always present. The new 4Runner is one of those SUVs that will always polarize the public. The downside of its popularity is that we will encounter a lot of fake information before the release date is due. Before we continue, the question that needs to be asked is just how much do we know about the new 4Runner model, and is it due in 2024?
When Will a New 4Runner Hit the Market?
At this moment, the better question would be if it will hit the market. Of course, it will, as the 4Runner is one of the best-selling Toyota models. Its popularity simply requires a new model. While we would love to tell you that it’s on the way, that’s simply not the case. The way things stand today, Toyota has no plans of launching this model in 2024 MY. Instead, they will push its release date to 2025. According to motortrend.com 4Runner is due in 2025 and it will be a completely new vehicle.
Now, this is some good news. The same outlet claims that the new model will be just that – a brand-new SUV. They will remodel everything starting with the platform, overall design, and of course, the powertrains. All of this is needed as the 4Runner, despite its popularity, started to fall behind competitors in departments such as fuel economy, technology, and engine department.
The goal is to top Ford’s Bronco and pack their body-on-frame SUV with potent turbo-four mills and super-strong V-6 hybrid powertrains. MotorTrend also notes that in the not-so-distant future, we might be looking at a fully electric 4Runner.
Why The Drastic Change?
It is a well-known fact that the 4Runner is a popular model from Toyota. They sold 120 thousand units just last year. Compared to 2021 that’s a massive drop despite being an impressive number. They’re no longer the leader in the domain as that spot belongs to the Jeep Wrangler and is closely followed by the Ford Bronco.
With the expectations that the new Toyota Tacoma will steal the show this year, the 4Runner should come out during the fall of 2024 as 2025 MY. This is a big disappointment for fans of this model but Toyota needs to work hard on both redesigning the existing model and staying ahead of competitors. With brand new interior and exterior it should be an eyesight for every car enthusiast.
The Package Under the Hood
While we have a long way to go until the new 4Runner hits the roads, TopSpeed has a few predictions regarding its future powertrains. It is speculated that the main package under the bonnet is going to be the 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain that is also present with the new Tacoma. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission which should work as a charm on the 4Runner.
While this is good news for some, the old fans of 4Runner are not convinced with the new hybrid option touted as the standard powertrain for future models. Everyone and their mother are in love with the standard 4.0-liter mill that powers the current model.
At the moment of writing this article, the new 4Runner is just a pipe dream for car enthusiasts. It is very hard to tell when it will come out and how much it will be priced. With all the drastic changes that will most likely happen we can expect a shift upwards in price.
Count in the yearly inflation and the trend of overpricing new models in the year they come out, and you already know that the new 4Runner won’t be cheap. As for its release, let’s wait and see before we jump to conclusions and make false statements. More news and concrete facts will come our way sooner than later.