It was about time for this refreshment, the 2024 Toyota 4Runner. The fifth generation of the 4Runner has been around for quite a while. Since 2009 to be exact. Now it is about time for a redesign and some much-needed improvements. Toyota saw an increase in sales recently when it comes to the 4Runner. This is probably because it is one of the few rare body-on-frame mid-size SUVs on the market. Most manufacturers wouldn’t change a damn thing about the 4Runner in this situation. Why change the winning formula? Well, not Toyota. The manufacturer decided to build upon the current success and improve the current 4Runner.
There is much to be changed and improved on the current version of the SUV. The design language used on the previous 4Runner is out of style. Technology is almost obsolete. But where most changes might happen is in the engine department. The extent of changes coming up is not known as of yet. But we expect some drastic changes in all portions of the SUV. Perhaps even a change in body design is due to happen.
Whichever might be the case, let us dig deep into the review and find out more about the new 2024 Toyota 4Runner.
What’s New Inside?
There are many updates to be done on the current 4Runner. We might as well start from the cabin. This is, after all, the place that got the most complaints. It is outdated when the style is concerned, and the technology is obsolete. The seats are the first to go out. They need much improvement, and they need it now. First of all, using different materials is of interest. The 2024 Toyota 4Runner will be offering leather, suede, and fabric for upholstery. This will enable drivers to fully customize their SUVs. Also better cushioning is needed and this will help with comfort concerns. Lumbar support is something ignored when the previous 4Runner was made. So addressing these concerns should allow Toyota to win some hearts and affection of drivers. No one likes a stiff back or discomfort during their ride.
The instrument panel will be two-colored, it will be lined with the same material as the upholstery. Four air vents seamlessly fit the panel. In the middle, there is an infotainment system. Hopefully, it will be at least 13 inches so the back row of passengers can join in on the fun. The 4Runner is a 2-row vehicle. There will be no 3rd row as per some reports. That space is for cargo exclusively.
The dashboard is also digital, which is a big step up from the previously analog display. This display can track whatever information about the car driver wants. This makes it easier to stay focused on the road. Also, there are some buttons on the steering wheel, which is not a surprise. This helps the driver look up front at all times and not scramble for changing settings to the side.
The safety aspect of the 4Runner is also better with the addition of certain features. These are nothing new, you have your regular automatic braking, lane change alert, pedestrian detection, and collision alert. Hands-free driving might also be part of standard equipment. This technology is quite the hype at this point. There are manufacturers like Ford and GMC that have successfully put this feature in their vehicles. Per reports, Toyota is also working on a system of its own. It will be interesting to see how many miles of pre-mapped roads their software will have.
We must emphasize that drivers can’t fall asleep behind the wheel. But hands-free driving will allow them to relax a bit. A panoramic or electrochromic roof would be an excellent asset for the 2024 Toyota 4Runner. Also, ambient lighting is nice to have but not a necessity.
Will the 2024 Toyota 4Runner Be Redesigned?
There is going to be a new platform for the 2024 Toyota 4Runner. Reportedly it is the TNGA-F platform that is also available in the Tundra and Sequoia. This will greatly improve the ride quality and the smoothness of the ride. The wheelbase is now 110 inches. The body shape should remain the same with some stylistic changes.
The designers are planning to make it modern and contemporary. So less blocky look and more curves on the body. This also improves aerodynamics and ergonomics. Further making fuel economy better and giving the SUV better handling. There are going to be 20-inch rims as standard. It is a question of whether beefy off-roading tires come as standard. But if they do, we know that the 4Runner is still an offroading beast. Bumpers are prominent and noticeable, giving the SUV a menacing look. There is also a big mesh on the front to let a lot of air under the hood. This way, air circulation is better and you don’t have to worry about overheating issues.
2024 Toyota 4Runner Engine Specs
As far as the powertrain is concerned, the 2024 Toyota 4Runner won’t disappoint. There is going to be a 2.4-liter turbo-four engine to replace the old 4.0 liter V6. The new engine produces around 275 horsepower and 309-pound feet of torque.
It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Rear locking differentials are available. A hybrid version is in the works as well. The system might consist of a 2.4-liter turbo-four and several electric motors. They combine for a total of 350 horsepower, also with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Price and Release Date
Starting price for the basic version should cost around $40.000. With some amenities and better technology, it will spike up without a doubt. We might be able to see the new 2024 Toyota 4Runner on the road as early as the second half of 2023.