One of the best off-road vehicles you can buy is heading to the new generation. We knew Toyota is updating the 4Runner, but we expected it earlier. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made all the companies revisit their plans. The Japanese manufacturer brings a lot of novelties for the 2023 Toyota 4Runner. A new look is something we won’t miss. The SUV is going to be inspired by the latest Tundra truck. The front fascia will be pretty much the same. Also, the interior is getting updates. The TRD Pro package is about to introduce a few novelties.
That is not all. The 2023 Toyota 4Runner is coming out with a new lineup of engines. For some while, we can hear plans of downsizing the displacements. It is about to happen on the new SUV, which is going to use turbocharged four-cylinder units. Power outputs will be on the current level, but the gas mileage is getting a boost. Our sources also claim the new model is going to feature a hybrid model, probably the 4Runner Prime. This configuration is on the way for the new Highlander and we can see it doing a great job on the Rav4. Finally, the performance edition might feature a turbo-six powerplant.
Original source: Toyota of North Charlotte
Toyota is Moving Production, Increases Capacities
The 2023 Toyota 4Runner is going to start the sixth generation of the vehicle that debuted four decades ago. Well, the current series is quite old, dating back from 2009. Even for such a big and iconic nameplate, it’s too long between two huge updates. Now, designers are going to build the new 4Runner in the US. It is a promising move since previous owners are praising vehicles delivered from domestic plants. But, some recent moves might indicate the opposite, with a few models had decreased production in San Antonio. Or, it can be clearing the room for the new 4Runner and other arrivals.
New Platform: TNGA-F
This is not hard to guess. Toyota already announced that the new architecture is going to underpin Land Cruiser and Tundra pickup truck. Both vehicles were using a body-on-frame platform, which means other units will go the same way. Since the 2023 Toyota 4Runner needs off-road capabilities, the SUV is definitely going to use fresh architecture. The TNGA concept is using unibody chassis for all models. So, it will be interesting how Toyota is going to make it up for the lack of durability and toughness the ladder frame is bringing.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Will Replace V6 with Turbo-Four
The SUV needs something to spark sales and give an advantage over the competition. Jeep Wrangler is not the biggest rival anymore, not after the comeback of Ford Bronco. Still, the Japanese company is ready for a battle. Engineers are testing a couple of options for the new 2023 Toyota 4Runner. We can hear that a turbo-four is about to replace an old V6. It should be a 2.4-liter displacement, and turbochargers will help it achieve around 280 horsepower and more than 300 pound-feet of torque. Experts analyzed the possibility. The general opinion is the 4Runner will return more than 20 mpg combined. A new transmission could boost the gas mileage to the mid-20s. Towing capacity is staying put, around 5,000 pounds, which is a good result for a four-cylinder engine.
A hybrid version might not be there at the arrival, but in the foreseeable future, the 6th-gen 4Runner will definitely introduce such a configuration. The same 2.4-liter four-banger will pair electric batteries to crank out 330 ponies and 400 lb-ft. The big SUV is going to need a strong push, meaning the PHEV system is the best choice. The 4Runner Prime sounds attractive, and hard-core fans are already asking about the availability of this model. The ultimate rumor is mentioning the performance-oriented package. The centerpiece will be a 3.5-liter twin-turbo unit, also being prepared for the Tundra and Land Cruiser. The new engine is called I-Force Max.
While We are Waiting for the 2023 Toyota 4Runner, What’s New for the 2022YM?
The redesign is delayed, but the SUV is going to get a few updates for the upcoming season. The TRD Sport is a lighter version of the TRD Pro edition, and it is more street-oriented. Hydraulic adaptive dampers and 20-inch wheels are definitely going to improve the ride quality. Do not mix the 2022 4Runner TRD Sport with trucks using the package of the same name. Those are not as attractive as the upcoming SUV. At least not yet. The first images are showing an attractive vehicle that gets some features from the top of the range Limited edition. But, the TRD Sport is going to be slotted just above the entry-level SR5. Synthetic leather is covering seats, special TRD features are inside the cockpit, and an 8-inch infotainment screen sits at the center of the dashboard.
Read more about changes for 2022 YM at Car and Driver
When Will 2023 Toyota 4Runner Come Out?
This is all we know about the 2023 Toyota 4Runner, for now. Toyota is not coming out with an official statement yet. However, our sources are confident the sixth-gen of the SUV is going to make a stunning appearance. The release date is planned for 2022, probably the second or third quarter of the year.