Toyota definitely needs to update its portfolio, especially of the larger vehicles. Starting in 2022, we will see a series of new vehicles. The first models that will roll out from the plants are Tundra truck and 4Runer SUV. Both vehicles are based on the same platform, so there is no surprise why the rumors are mentioning them together. The 2022 Toyota 4Runner will be built on the new TNGA-F architecture, as body-on-frame SUV.
The entire process includes Tacoma, Land Cruiser, Lexus LX, Highlander. We will see a new debut every season. The project should finish in 2025 when the new Toyota Tacoma is going to debut. It is still early to talk about details, but the new platform promises better off-road skills. 4Runner is already one of the toughest models out there. But after the redesign, the new 2022 Toyota 4Runner is going to be meaner than before.
We can hear a lot of rumors recently. The company already filed for the new nameplate – Lexus LX 600. What’s more, the upcoming Land Cruiser could get a twin-turbo V6 instead of a V8 engine. Highlander is going after the plug-in version for its hybrid drivetrain. The new member of the TRD Pro family is Sequoia, and Tacoma could finally get a diesel engine.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Specs
Currently, the 4Runner is using a 4.0-liter V6 engine. It is huge, it is producing a lot of power, and delivers perfect off-road capabilities. However, the new generation could work on the electrification and a better fuel economy. Toyota will figure out how to get to 270 hp and 280 lb-ft with a new powerplant. But, the major concern is a towing capacity and how it is going to perform at various terrains. It is not going to be a surprise if the carmaker keeps a reliable and trusted V6 for another run.
Suspension and shocks setup makes this SUV so special. If you pick a TRD Pro package, things are becoming more interesting. The 4Runner is using a manual gearbox, which is the most likely the priority for replacement. Still, with more than two years until the new generation appears, we can’t claim too many things about the 2022 Toyota 4Runner.
This is just a theory. Well, some experts think this would be a good idea to consider. The Japanese carmaker is definitely preparing the raid on the market, but the offer of large hybrid SUVs is not huge, especially if you don’t want to pay a fortune for it. However, Toyota has experience. For a long time, Highlander was the only three-row hybrid in the segment. Now, the SUV relies on a smaller four-cylinder block. Whatsoever, the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will need more power and torque.
By adding a larger electric battery, engineers can create a powerful PHEV. It will keep high outputs and fuel economy. However, hybrids are not the best options for towing or off-roading. So, we take these rumors with a reserve. Anyway, the standard edition for an on-road drive could come with the new technology.
2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
We cannot imagine the new generation of the 4Runner without the TRD Pro package. Toyota Racing Development tuning section delivers a few different packages for the company and its vehicles. The toughest bundle wears the TRD Pro badge, and recently, the fourth model joined the lineup. Now, we find two trucks (Tundra and Tacoma) and two SUVs (4Runner and Sequoia). However, the mid-size model is more capable for tuning.
Seven-Seater SUV Interior
The changes in the 2022 Toyota 4Runner are not going to affect its total seating capacity. This is the seven-seater by default, while the TRD Pro version comes with two rows. The cabin is definitely old at the current model, although it received a few updates recently. A complete overhaul of the new generation is going to bring is something the 4Runner desperately needed.
It is hard to talk about options with too many unknown options for the SUV. However, Toyota is developing a new infotainment system. It will debut by 2022 and take place in the 4Runner. Before that, the company adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also a few new features announced for 2021 MY.
Release Date and Competition
The new version of the SUV is somehow caused by the arrival of the Ford Bronco. These two vehicles will compete in the same class, and Toyota doesn’t want to leave the market to the US carmaker. Well, it won’t be easy to get on the Bronco. The interest in its return is unbelievable, but Ford is not announcing the precise schedule of release and specs.
Still, the SUV will appear before the 2022 Toyota 4Runner. The Japanese off-roader won’t be unveiled until 2021 and the sales will start in two years.
Source: Toyota 4Runner Forum