After the new 2023 YM came out without changes, we are sure now that the 2024 Toyota 4Runner is going to launch the new generation. Even the leading automotive magazines are receiving hints about the upgrade. However, the only missing part is an official statement. A favorite off-road SUV is very old. The company updated the styling and interior a couple of times. But, the new generation is required to keep pace with new arrivals.
Fans, experts, enthusiasts… well, everyone, already expected to see the new model at dealerships. Toyota disappointed them and left more room for rivals. After the release of the new Ford Bronco, we thought it might trigger the reaction. Now, if 2024 4Runner remains unchanged, fans can become very worried about the future of the iconic SUV.
Another reason to believe in the big redesign is the announcement of the TRD Pro lineup revisit. With the fresh look and even tougher TRD gear, the 4Runner could finally catch up with the Jeep Wrangler.
Fresh Power, Hybrid Engine
Let’s start off with the powertrain choice or choices. The current model is using a big V6 displacement. A 4.0-liter mill is not available elsewhere in the lineup for other Toyota vehicles. Also, if you take a look at what is going on there, it is easy to spot that carmaker is downsizing the powertrains. Toyota Tundra is not using a V8 engine anymore, neither do Land Cruiser, nor Lexus LX. The Lexus RX is the latest SUV to replace a V6 with a turbo-four unit. Highlander is a pioneer here.
So, can you imagine the 2024 Toyota 4Runner with a four-cylinder engine? At some point, fans were thinking about a V8 plant. But, a four-banger needs to be special. One of the configurations available for other vehicles in Toyota’s family can do 366 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque thanks to a hybrid setup. It might be one of the options for the 4Runner. Still, the question is how such a system would maintain the superb off-road skills the SUV is famous for. At least, less frequent visits to gas stations are certain in this case.
Trim Levels and Optional Upgrades
The company will change how the SUV looks. There will be plenty of novelties, but the main trims will be there again. The offer starts with the SR5 model. The entry-level version won’t impress. We assume that Toyota will save a bit to keep the price as low as possible. On the other hand, the vehicle can’t be plain just to make buyers think it is affordable. You can upgrade the base package with the Premium bundle. More advanced options are there. But, the most packed trim level is the 2024 Toyota 4Runner Limited.
The 4Runner is a favorite off-roader with a reason. Immediately after the SR5, you can buy one of the TRD models. The base one is the TRD Sport with an adaptive suspension system that provides a smoother ride. Also, upgraded interior upholstery makes it cozier. The TRD Off-Road brings multiple driving modes, specialized for tough terrains. The current edition features Rock, Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock and Mud&Sand modes. The new version will revisit existing configurations and bring new ones.
2024 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
The best off-road experience in the world is coming with the 2024 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro. Yes, some other companies are introducing stunning features, but buyers are still keeping the last word. Besides the all-new styling and drivetrains, the SUV also brings a revisited TRD Pro package. We can’t wait to see the 4Runner in action with so many novelties. However, the main question is if the turbo-four plant can deliver exceptional performance as a big V6. We hope so. Otherwise, the company risks losing a valuable base of fans.
The 2024 4Runner TRD Pro is all about performance. Suspension and shocks are even tougher than for other editions. Plus, this bundle packs all-terrain tires, a 4×4 drive, skid plates, and several TRD Pro badges on the body of the SUV. We are sure that the price of the new SUV will go up, as well as for the versions with the toughest equipment.
Spy Photos: When Will All-New 2024 Toyota 4Runner be Available?
The new 2023 YM has just rolled out from the plants. Engineers and designers will have more time to fix everything on the 2024 Toyota 4Runner. The debut of the next-gen SUV will be a banger. It will steal the show from other debuts and the Japanese company is waiting for the right moment. Anyway, the schedule is packed with all other premieres announced for next few months. The sales start in the second half of the 2023 season. The new price will start above $40,000 for the SR5. The TRD Pro and Limited can upgrade the SUV by $20,000.