2019 Toyota 4Runner Rumors, Redesign, Release date, Changes, Limited

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The 4Runner is a medium-size crossover which managed to impress its buyers with its great off-road capabilities. The car is as good as it is thanks to a separate chassis and a really rugged design. However, it is unfortunately not perfect. The current model is very heavy and its engine is one of the worst out there. In order to change things, it looks like the manufacturer might release a new model in the near future. Rumors about the 2019 Toyota 4Runner started to appear more than 2 years ago. Unfortunately it looks like Toyota decided to focus on some of their other cars. Luckily though, now that they finished the development of most of their new vehicles, it is finally the time for the new 4Runner.


Highs

We expect robust looks, excellent offroad capabilities and of course, new equipment.

Lows

Lousy fuel economy
Price rises rapidly with options


Latest news

“Toyota will unleash its next batch of trail-ready four-wheelers at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show”

According to tfltruck.com, Toyota announced its arrival at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, with upgraded pick-up models.

In essence, Toyota has announced a new series of off-road vehicles and has posted an image that shows Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner in the distance. Tacoma and 4Runner already exist in the TRD Pro version and we expect new equipment and improved features from them.

Tundra does not have a TRD Pro option for its 2018 model, so what can we expect from this model? Off-road package? It remains to be seen on February 10th in Chicago. – Update: 2/2/2018


2019 Toyota 4Runner Rumors and News

At first most rumors suggested the new 4Runner will be based on a unibody platform.

This would have allowed the car to be lighter, better to drive on the road and also considerably more comfortable. There are some drawbacks to this design though. Here you can read the review about the new 2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Toyota 4Runner

It would take away from its off-road prowess and it is not nearly as rugged as a body-on-frame design. Because of that, we would suggest that the 2019 version of the car will actually still use a ladder frame.

This is likely going to be a new boxed in frame which will be more rigid and also lighter. The suspension components are also likely going to get better.

2019 Toyota 4Runner
Image Source: motortrend.com – 2015 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Expect new shocks and springs that will give the car more suspension travel than ever before. The brakes, one of its weakest links, will more than likely be upgraded as well. The end result should be a car better in off-road that will also be more polished. Read about 2019 Toyota 4Runner on Wikipedia


Redesign

Unlike the current model, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner is likely going to feature a more conventional design.

This would allow Toyota to sell it to a far larger market than before and it would allow them to perfect it in the future. The design of the new 4Runner will likely be inspired by the Tacoma or the upcoming Tundra.

We can expect a large hexagonal grille, slim headlights and a new bumper which will give it a better approach angle than before. The rear of the 4Runner might take design cues from its predecessor in order to give some form of continuation to their customers.

2019 Toyota 4Runner
Image Source: youtube – Toyota 4Runner Limited

Even so, the car should be a lot closer in design to the upcoming Tundra than to its predecessor. On top of that we can also expect a high performance TRD Pro version at launch which would allow Toyota to directly take aim at the new Wrangler.


Colors

Exterior colors:

Barcelona Red Metallic, Cavalry Blue, Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Nautical Blue Metallic, Super White

Interior colors:

Black Graphite, Redwood, Sand Beige


2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review


Interior – Concept

While functional, the current interior looks and feels old.

The upcoming 2019 Toyota 4Runner will definitely sport an entirely new cabin. Even though there aren’t any official details available about this, it is safe to assume the car will be really similar to the new Tacoma.

Expect the really minimalist look, the cleaner button placement and even the clearer instrument panel to all be carried over to the SUV.

2019 Toyota 4Runner
Image Source: allstartoyotaofbatonrouge.com – Toyota 4Runner Interior

Unlike its truck counterpart, the 4Runner might receive a different seating layout where the front seats would be spaced further apart. This would give the car a wider center console which will likely feature the controls for its highly capable four wheel drive system.


Competition

Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Highlander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Subaru Outback


Engine and Specs

The new 2019 Toyota 4Runner will not feature the same 4.0 liter engine it did in the past decade.

Even though this is still highly capable, it is one of the worst on the market when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Industry experts are saying the new model will receive a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6. This engine, despite being smaller, should be able to deliver around 300 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque.

 

2018 Toyota 4Runner SR5 2WD

Price $34,450

Engine – Regular Unleaded V-6

Displacement – 4.0L

Gas Mileage – 17/21 mpg City/Hwy

Drivetrain – RWD

Transmission – Electronic 5-Speed Automatic

Body Style – Sport Utility

This is also more than what the Tacoma has to offer. The added power would come from an improved intake and exhaust system as well as a different cam-profile.

2019 Toyota 4Runner
Image Source: motortrend.com – 2015 Toyota 4Runner Limited Engine

The engine should allow the 4Runner to become more efficient and also more capable, both on and off the road. Early reports are saying the car will tow more than 5,000 pounds while also being with up to 15% more efficient.

The latter will also be improved thanks to the car’s new 6 speed automatic which will be faster and smoother than the old 5 speed gearbox.

2019 Toyota 4Runner
Image Source: motortrend.com – 2015 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Safety

2018 Toyota 4Runner 2WD SR5 Safety features
Air Bag Frontal Driver yes
Air Bag Passenger Switch (On/Off) no
Air Bag Side Head Front yes
Brakes-ABS yes
Traction Control yes
Fog Lamps yes
Parking Aid no
Tire Pressure Monitor yes
Rollover Protection Bars no
Stability Control yes

2019 Toyota 4Runner Release date and Price

We expect that 4Runner will be unveiled during last quarter of 2018.

Sales should start at the beginning of 2019. Stack of green bills that you will need to put aside for this beast will be approximately $35,000 for base model while richer versions will cost significantly more.


Video

2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited 7-Passenger

Comparison

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