The Japanese manufacturer has just launched the new generation of the Tundra pickup, as well as the new Lexus LX600. So, we expect that the introduction of new BoF models will continue in the next year as well. According to the latest reports, the next year will be mostly about SUVs and from what we can hear, both Sequoia and 4Runner are about to come completely new. The latter will probably come in late 2022 or early 2023, according to the same reports, probably as the 2023 Toyota 4Runner.
At this point, it’s still early to talk about details but some things are quite easy to predict. For example, we have no doubt it will ride on a new platform, the same one that underpins the new Tundra. Of course, we also count on a completely new design but more importantly, a whole bunch of new technologies and engineering. Among them, we also expect to find a new engine, probably a turbocharged V6.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Redesign
The current generation of this mid-size SUV has been around for a very long time and it feels outdated by many standards. Its engine lacks torque and it’s incredibly thirsty, while the 5-speed automatic transmission belongs to the previous era of the automotive industry. However, this SUV somehow still makes impressive sales numbers. Around 125.000 units were sold in the last year, and the probable reason is the fact that this is one of the rare genuine SUVs in the segment. However, times are changing and the competition is getting tougher. The new Ford Bronco is here, while the Wrangler is as competitive as it always was.
That’s why the 2023 Toyota 4Runner is about to receive a complete overhaul and from what we can hear, changes and improvements will be significant.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform. It’s not hard to conclude that the new model is about to ride on the company’s new TNGA-F platform, a body-on-frame version of Toyota’s latest architecture. The new platform already debuted with the new Tundra and the list of improvements is pretty long.
Weight reduction is one of them and we have no doubt that the new model will be notably lighter than the outgoing version. Also, we expect to see a new suspension setup, which will improve on-road ride quality, without sacrificing the model’s off-road orientation. Finally, the new platform will open up a whole lot of new possibilities regarding powertrain options, so we presume that a hybrid version will be offered at some point too.
When it comes to the exterior design, we have no doubt the new generation will get a completely new styling. However, keep in mind that the outgoing version still looks cool, despite the age. So, changes will, most likely, be evolutionary.
The same thing could be said for dimensions. The current model is relatively small by the standards of today’s mid-size segment. However, that’s one of the reasons why it is one of the best off-roaders around. So, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Toyota 4Runner won’t change too much and that it will keep a relatively short wheelbase, along with short overhangs, which would ensure strong off-road performance.
On the other hand, the interior should be completely new. We expect to see nice materials, along with more attractive aesthetics. Also, we have no doubt that Toyota will introduce a whole bunch of new tech and safety features, just like it did with the new Tundra.
As the new model probably won’t be significantly bigger than its predecessor, we presume that the amount of passenger and cargo space, with minor improvements only. However, a better organization of interior space should make it more practical than before.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we have no doubt that the old 4.0-liter V6 will be replaced. Most likely, the new 2023 Toyota 4Runner will come with a turbocharged V6, with a max output of 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Some sources also speculate about the possibility to see a turbo-four engine in most basic variants. That would probably be a new 2.4-liter unit, found in the Lexus NX, which puts out around 275 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Finally, we expect to see a hybrid version at some point.
The old 5-speed automatic transmission will be replaced too. We presume the new model will use the same 10-speed unit from the new Tundra.
2023 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
At this point, the best we could say is that the 2023 Toyota 4Runner will probably hit the market sometime in late 2022 or early 2023. The base price should go slightly under 40.000 dollars.