The 4Runner is Toyota’s crossover aimed at people wanting more than just a larger hatchback. It comes with excellent off-road prowess, a powerful engine, and a tough look. However, the car has been around for more than half a decade now, and an update is already in the works. Unfortunately, there are quite a few reliable sources saying that the new 2018 Toyota 4Runner will go to a unibody design.
This move is less likely to happen. The chances are bigger that Aichi-based company won’t change its off-roader all that much. Their plan will probably rely on 4Runners loyal customers sticking to 4Runner as they are accustomed. Staying on Toyota Prado platform rather than shifting to a TNGA means that they will, despite rumors claiming otherwise, stick to the body-on-frame chassis.
The changes will mostly be aimed at design upgrades rather than on improving the platform. Toyota will necessarily replace some of the parts on the outside where some of the steel parts are going to be substituted by an aluminum but will nonetheless be placed on a steel frame. There was no news about Japanese manufacturer developing an exclusive platform for this model, and putting it on one used by RAV4 or Highlander would make 4Runner lose its purpose. With making it lighter, Toyota would anyway succeed in making it more fuel-efficient, reduce the price and satisfy the market all at the same time.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price
With the changes on exterior and improvement on the inside, future 2018 Toyota 4Runner aims to be the best one ever made. It won’t be an all-new model as we all were expecting, but it will be improved just as much it was needed. At this moment it is hard to estimate whether it will be better in off-road handling than the previous model ( which would be a feat worth admiring), but Toyota will be working on that.
In any case, the price will go up. This model is held in very high regard by Toyota’s head honchos, and they will look to cash in on its popularity. The current model starts at little under $33,000 while the most expensive 4Runner goes for $42,500. These numbers are just right for the quality this SUV offers but expects an increase in price in the region for $2,000. The increase is going to be justified by all the improvements that will 2018 4Runner undergo in not so distant future.
Moving onto the date of release, there is not even one substantial information regarding the exact time. The model will probably be thoroughly tested at first, so we should expect to see test mules any day now. Considering that for 2017 MY Toyota only introduced new trims for this model and the rest of the lineup was transferred unchanged from the previous year, this SUV deserves and improvement. Expect late 2017 presentation of a new Toyota 4Runner 2018 while the first models are going to be delivered in dealerships with the start of a new year.
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When it comes to the exterior of 2018 4Runner, there won’t be too many changes. The thing is all of those who are in awe of this model love it for its square-like look and its rough appearance. The outgoing model was well accepted, and its design lasted for quite a while, and in that period Toyota decided to keep changes to a minimum. This time around they will also try to preserve 4Runners authentic look, but some improvements will be made. Expect that the upcoming model borrows some design cues from the current generation of Tacoma especially up front.
The grille should be bulky and standout just like on Toyota’s popular pickup with a little longer hood. Some of the differences between current edition and 2018 Toyota 4Runner will be seen on the rear end. This part of the vehicle is by far the most outdated. The changes will be made by creating 4Runners back a little more rounder with wider taillights. There is a possibility that Toyota is going to try to make it a bit more sportier by lowering the rear part of the SUV compared to the flat line currently present.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Specs & Dimensions
|2018 Toyota 4Runner|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Wheelbase||109.8 inch; 2788.92 mm|
|Length||190.7 inch; 4843.78 mm|
|Height||70.1 in; 1781 mm|
|Width||75.8 in; 1925.32 mm|
|Weigh||4525 lbs 2.052 kg|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||3.5 liters naturally aspirated V6|
|Power/torque||300 hp and 270 lb-ft|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic transmission|
|0-60 mph||7,5 sec|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|2018 TOYOTA 4RUNNER PRICE RANGE: Starting at $30,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Grand Cherokee Limited.|
Interior of Toyota 4Runner 2018
The largest changes for the new 2018 Toyota 4Runner should happen inside the cabin. Here, the new model, thanks to the new platform, there should be a lot more space. As standard, the 4Runner will likely get seven seats and unlike the previous model, will feature a much lower floor. This will not only offer more space, but it will also give the driver a much better driving position. 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro comes with a bold grille and black bezel headlights. It is equipped with specially designed all-terrain tires for maximum traction on-road and off-road. The cabin is delivered with iHeartRadio, Pandora and Destination Search. The Entune Premium Audio System takes the audio system on a completely another level. The shift knob is covered in leather and provides greater durability.
TRD Pro Variant
The TRD Pro variant features sliding rear cargo deck that can carry up to 440 pounds. It is most likely that a 4.0-liter V6 will be placed under the hood. The V6 delivers around 270 hp which is close to the base model. Every year TRD Pro comes in exclusive color. There were Inferno Orange, Quicksand and Cement, while the color of the 2018 model is still being kept off the record.
The move to a uni-body design won’t meant only good things. The engine will get smaller, likely less powerful and it might offer the torque at higher revs. This means that the car will get worse at towing. However, the result should be a better on-road vehicle which a smoother ride than before. The engine will most likely be Toyota’s 3.5 liters naturally aspirated V6 which just recently received a direct injection and a few other upgrades. The output might be around 300 horsepower and less than 270 lb-ft of torque. This should be more than enough for a seven-seat crossover.
However, because the torque will be moved closer to its redline, the fuel consumption while towing will increase dramatically. The good part is that the engine will be more efficient. This will also be improved with its new eight or nine-speed gearbox. In any case, the new 2018 Toyota 4Runner might end up offering as much as 30 MPG on the highway in which case most of these tradeoffs should be well worth it.
There three main competitors of the 4Runner: Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Grand Cherokee Limited. One of the most important things is costs, so we’ll focus on the price and fuel economy. The Toyota’s SUV has the lowest price, but not significantly. It is only $500 cheaper than Pathfinder and the price of the most expensive one, Grand Cherokee Limited, doesn’t exceed $40,000. In terms of fuel consumption, it is once again leader among these four SUVs. With 20/27 mpg is far more efficient than the Explorer and Pathfinder which fuel economies stand at 17/21 and 17/24 mpg. They are all Sport Utility Vehicles and come with a V6 under the hood. The horsepower and torque vary, but differences are more than subtle.
However, when it comes to towing capacity Pathfinder and 4Runner are way better than the other two. All transmissions are automatic while the Japanese automaker was the only one who decided to use variable transmission. If you are looking for a vehicle with seven seats, then don’t choose Grand Cherokee and Nissan’s SUV. The safety equipment is standard on all cars, and there are no major differences among them. In conclusion, when you compare all important features of these four SUVs it is easy to realize the 4Runner gives you the best at that price.
What do you think about this upcoming 4Runner? Would you drive it?