The next generation Toyota 4Runner is right behind the corner, but in this moment there is nothing except the rumors about this mid-size SUV. What we know is that the all-new model arrives sometime next year, and that it will once again borrow a platform from the Hilux and Tacoma pickup trucks. In addition to the underpinnings, the SUV might get their new engines too, so if it happens, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner could easily feature a new gasoline six-cylinder engine with direct injection, and possibly one diesel option.
2017 Toyota 4Runner: The New Engines are Ready
The all-new 3.5-liter V6 gets optimized fuel injection and an Atkinson power cycle, which is a kind of hybrid system. The engine comes with both six-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmission, and it will feature improved fuel efficiency. Except of this one, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner will get a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, which will be able to produce 177 horsepower and astonishing 330 lb-ft of torque.
2017 Toyota 4Runner: Changes and Tech
However, the new engine options won’t be the only changes for the new-generation 4Runner. The reliable SUV will also receive the all-new exterior and interior styling, as well as some new technologies. Thanks to its similarities with the Tacoma pickup, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner should keep its off-road manners. It will get a new retuned suspension, which will make improve its on-road and off-road abilities, and moreover the new high-strength steel body will provide better rigidity and weight-shaving. Inside, the new design will be further complemented with a new center stack and touchscreen display that runs everything: entertainment, navigation and smartphone integration functions… Regarding the exterior redesign, we think that the Toyota doesn’t have an intention to cut back 4Runner’s toughness. They already have car-based Highlander SUV, so there is no need to turn the 2017 4Runner into one more “soft” crossover. Still, the carmaker would likely add a little bit more angular styling, which will whittle away truck-like look.
The 2017 Toyota 4 Runner is definitely coming next year, so as time goes by, there will be more and more information about this outstanding SUV.