The current-generation 4Runner has been around for more than a decade. However, it still makes some pretty impressive sales numbers, especially in the last couple of years. The main reason lays in the fact that most competitors have switched to a modern unibody layout, even though there is still a big number of drivers that perfect something that doesn’t just look like an SUV, but also drives like an SUV. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many enthusiasts are eager to see how the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will look like.
At this point, we still don’t know the exact details about the next-generation model. It is still early for details, but we know for sure it will ride on a genuine BoF platform and that will be really capable in terms of off-road performances. Of course, we count on a completely new design, both in terms of aesthetics and mechanics. The new cabin will be introduced as well, while a long list of latest tech goodies is also a certain thing. Finally, novelties are expected under the hood, where the current V6 should be replaced with something more efficient. We presume the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will hit the market sometime in the next year.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Redesign
Without any doubt, the upcoming redesign will bring a plethora of novelties. Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the platform. The good news is that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will certainly carry on with a genuine body-on-frame design. As you may presume, it will ride on Toyota’s new TNGA-F platform, which is about to debut in the upcoming next-generation Tundra. The new architecture will be downsized for this occasion and expect it will be both lighter and stiffer. Naturally, big improvements are expected in terms of the ride quality as well, especially on the road.
Big things are expected in terms of exterior design as well. At this point, we don’t know much about the size, but we don’t expect that things will change too much for the next-generation model. The wheelbase probably won’t be significantly longer, as we presume that Toyota engineers will tend to keep this SUV super-capable on the road. The same things go for the overall length and other dimensions.
It’s still early for details when it comes to styling. The new model is still far away from production so we are yet to see a test mule. Still, we have no doubt that the 2022 Toyota 4Runner will keep a typical SUV, boxy shape, with lots of rectangular design solutions and bold overall design. On the other side, the front face will follow the brand’s latest design language. So, you may count on a lot of influence from models like the new RAV4, Highlander etc.
If you look at the current model, interior design definitely looks like one of the weakest points. Simply, it is tight and looks outdated. The latter is particularly critical, as the dashboard features mostly hard plastics and comes with really old-looking aesthetics. The new 2022 Toyota 4Runner should bring significant improvements in these aspects. We count on modern aesthetics, much finer materials and a more car-like overall layout. Of course, the long list of the latest tech goodies will make the dash look even more opulent.
When it comes to the interior space, we definitely expect to see a little bit more space for passengers and cargo. Still, this increase probably won’t be too significant, as the overall dimensions won’t change too much. The third row will certainly remain tight.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Engine
Another big change we expect to come with this redesign is the powertrain. The current 4.0-liter V6 certainly delivers a sufficient amount of power, but we have no doubt that Toyota engineers will tend to make this SUV more efficient. Also, a little bit more power definitely won’t harm. Most 4Runner lovers would probably like to see something with eight cylinders, but we have no doubt that the new model will come with something smaller and more efficient. A turbocharged V6 is one of the things that come to mind, but we have no doubt that Toyota will offer some form of electrified powertrain as well. A hybrid powertrain seems like a certain thing in our opinion.
Besides the new engine, we expect from the 2022 Toyota 4Runner to come with a new transmission. The current 5-speed automatic gearbox should be replaced with something newer. It could be an 8- or even 10-speed automatic gearbox.
2022 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
The 2022 Toyota 4Runner should hit the market sometime in the next year. We don’t expect more significant changes in price, so base versions should go around 37/38.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, the new Runner will continue to compete with both compact and full-size SUVs. So, the list would include both models like Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler, and large models like Chevy Tahoe, Nissan Armada etc.