The current generation of the capable mid-size SUV has been around for a pretty long time. However, it still makes impressive sales numbers, mostly because of the fact that most carmakers don’t have such a vehicle on their offer. Most of the automotive market is about crossovers, but there is still a niche that prefers genuine off-roaders, based o a body-on-frame platform. The 4Runner is one of the rare birds at the moment but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing changes in the future. The 2023 Toyota 4Runner could already come completely redesigned.
If this redesign happens, we are pretty sure that the Japanese manufacturer won’t change the recipe too much. The body-on-frame layout will remain, as well as the model’s rugged nature. On the other hand, we count on all kinds of new technologies and design solutions, whether it’s about the powertrain, safety and something else.
We believe that the all-new 2023 Toyota 4Runner could arrive already in the next year, though the officials are still quiet on this matter.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Redesign
The expected 2023 Toyota 4Runner redesign will certainly bring all kinds of novelties. At this point, it’s still early to talk about details but we are pretty sure about the most basic design solutions. Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the platform. We have no doubt that the new model will switch to the new, body-on-frame version of the TNGA platform, which is commonly known as the TNGA-F platform. Compared to the current model, we expect to see improvements in various aspects, starting from a massive weight reduction, new drivetrain possibilities etc.
Of course, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner will also put focus on off-road performances, but the new generation will also bring big improvements in terms of the on-road ride quality and overall comfort. This means a new, more sophisticated suspension setup than before.
When it comes to the exterior design, we don’t expect that the 2023 Toyota 4Runner will feature much bigger dimensions than before. Simply, longer wheelbase and overhangs mean less off-road potential. Of course, you may count on typical off-road features, such as high ground clearance and all kinds of off-road goodies. Of course, the TRD Pro model will come with most of them, including standard four-wheel drive, locking differentials, two-speed transfer case, skid plates and more.
The new styling will probably adapt this SUV to the company’s new design language. We expect a lot of influence from the new Tundra, so the 2023 Toyota 4Runner should also come with a massive grille and futuristically designed headlights. On the other hand, the overall shape shouldn’t change significantly, while the TRD Pro model will certainly come with a couple of exclusive details.
Big things are expected on the inside as well. Simply, the current cabin hasn’t changed since the initial launch in 2009, so it’s quite obvious that it feels outdated in every aspect. This particularly refers to the dashboard design, which features old-school aesthetics and, mostly, hard plastics. Of course, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner will come with a much more attractive look, as well as with much nicer materials. Furthermore, we count on a full load of the latest tech features, including a new infotainment system, smartphone integration, wireless connectivity and all kinds of advanced driver aids.
The new model shouldn’t feature much bigger dimensions, so we are pretty sure that the interior won’t be much more spacious. Base models will probably come with two rows of seats, while the third will be optional and probably pretty tight. The same thing goes for the cargo area.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Engine
The current model uses a good-old 4.0-liter V6, which is thirsty and feels a little bit underpowered. That’s why we count on a completely new powertrain. Most likely, that will be a new V6 with a turbocharger. Some sources even speculate about a turbo-four, similar to the one found in the new Lexus NX, which puts out around 275 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.
Another big change will be the transmission. The current model uses an outdated 5-speed unit, while we expect that the new model will use the same 10-speed unit as the new Tundra.
Also, there is a chance to see a hybrid version of the SUV, though it’s still early to talk about details. We expect to get more information on this matter in the near future.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
Although the officials are still quiet, we believe that the 2023 Toyota 4Runner could hit the market already in the second half of the next year. When it comes to the price, we expect that the new model will be slightly more expensive compared to the current one. Most likely, base models will go around 40.000 dollars.