Trends are changing rapidly in the automotive industry. Not so long ago, the SUVs with truck-based underpinning and off-road ready hardware were the very popular segment. But the lack of comfortable ride and not so good fuel economy probably affected their popularity and many buyers turned toward unibody-based SUVs which can deliver almost car-like ride quality and features. That fact probably left only a few traditional SUVs on the market. One of them is Toyota 4Runner and its closest competitor the Jeep Grand Cherokee. There is also Lexus’ interpretation of the 4Runner, the GX460. But despite being the rugged truck-based machine, the 4Runner still manages to be good-seller. That is the reason why Toyota wants to invest in this model and it might offer the 2018 Toyota 4Runner as the all-new model.
New for 2018:
The 2018 model of the 4Runer is currently just the matter of speculations as Toyota hasn’t made an official announcement. As per speculations, the 2018 4Runner should bring more refinement to its on-road ride and improved fuel economy as the priorities. However, there should be some visual and interior changes as well.
2018 Toyota 4Runner: Design
The 4Runner is the true off-roader with exceptional capabilities, ready to attack all kind of terrains and followed up with Toyota’s reliability. The model was redesigned for the last time in 2010 and also a few changes were for the 2013 model year. Toyota also added TRD Pro version for the 2015 model year and there have also been incremental upgrades of tech features over the years.
As for the new 2018 Toyota 4Runner, it should bring some upgrades but it seems that Toyota would be very careful with them. There are strong indications, that model will stay based on the body-on-frame architecture but will bring some enhancements which will add more refinement to its ride.
On the other hand, the model will also introduce some changes to its appearance but reports don’t suggest radical cuts. The new 4Runner will preserve much of its visual ruggedness but will also add some degree of modernization. Improved aerodynamics, reworked grille and lighting clusters will be in the list of changes alongside with new trim details and color options.
Interior design will stay oriented toward the practicality and durability. However, it will also bring improvement in materials quality and comfort. The model will again seat the five passengers in its standard version but will also offer a seven-seat arrangement.
Toyota will also offer upgraded infotainment system and safety features. There will be the latest Entune interface with smartphone integration. It will also include a navigation system, HD and satellite radio, strong sound system, voice controls, etc. The model will also offer comfort-oriented features like leather upholstery, heated seats, power functions, automatic climate control, and so on. It will also upgrade the safety rig.
2018 Toyota 4Runner: Performance
The new 2018 Toyota 4Runner is expected to improve the ride quality and fuel economy but it should not come at cost of the off-road capability. Namely, the upcoming 4Runner should replace the current 4.0-liter V-6 engine with the smaller displacement. As the new engine is suggested a 3.5-liter V-6 unit. It should be capable of delivering around 300 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque. However, it is also possible that the old engine will remain as the option.
The new engine option should also come with new transmission unit which will also help to improve the fuel economy. There will also be rear- and four-wheel drive options. The new 4Runner will also be available low-range gearing, rear locking differential, crawl control, switchable terrain modes, upgraded suspension in the higher trims, etc.
2018 Toyota 4Runner: Arrival, Price
As we said earlier, Toyota hasn’t made an official announcement about the 2018 Toyota 4Runner. So, we will have more reliable information soon but before that, we have to rely on the other sources. According to them, this model will come in late 2017 and price range will start from around $34, 000.