The Wait for the New Toyota 4Runner Just Got Longer
We don’t have the best news for Toyota 4Runner fans. We’ve all been waiting for the next generation to arrive, and it looks like we could be waiting for a few extra months. New rumors suggest that the 2025 Toyota 4Runner will be redesigned, not the 2024 model.
When could the Toyota 4Runner be redesigned?
The next-generation Toyota 4Runner could arrive in 2024 or 2025. While some people expected to see the new model in 2023, there’s not much information to back it up. The new 4Runner may have been delayed until 2025.
Toyota has a lot going on right now with the new Land Cruiser, Prius, and Grand Highlander. There might not be time to add the updated 4Runner in the mix yet. The primary focus could be on global models instead of options primarily sold in North America.
According to Gear Patrol, Toyota could be prepping for the launch of the Land Cruise Prado in America, which could push the 4Runner back.
Plus, rumors suggest that the new Toyota Tacoma was delayed by a few months. It may not enter production until the beginning of 2024 instead of the end of 2023. That means the 2025 Toyota Tacoma will be redesigned, not the 2024 truck.
Also, the new Toyota Tacoma is expected to come out first. If it’s delayed, then the 4Runner probably has a delay too. We’ve seen spy photos of the Tacoma getting ready for testing, but clues about the 4Runner are harder to find.
Why would the 2025 4Runner be delayed?
Multiple factors could cause the 2025 Toyota 4Runner to be delayed. The ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage and other supply chain issues have impacted the entire automotive industry.
Without chips, vehicles lose electronic features for climate controls, cameras, cylinder deactivation, and safety features. Plus, rubber for tires, foam for seats, materials for hard tops, and upholstery have supply constraints.
Also, the new TNGA-F platform was in short supply. This may have caused each new model release to be postponed by a year. Both the new Tacoma and 4Runner will ride on a smaller, modified version of this platform.
Last but not least, Toyota can afford to wait. The Toyota 4Runner is still incredibly popular, with too much demand to keep up with.
How much power could the sixth-generation 4Runner have?
The 2025 Toyota 4Runner should leave the current 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque behind for something more fuel efficient. The outdated five-speed automatic transmission will probably be replaced as well.
Rumors suggest that the 4Runner could get the turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four engine from the Lexus NX350. It cranks out 275 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque.
Don’t forget about the Toyota 4Runner Hybrid. If the 4Runner goes partially electric, then the 2.4-liter Max Hybrid powertrain with 340 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque would be exciting. This setup is currently paired with the Toyota Crown.
An electric 4Runner model could arrive later as part of a mid-cycle refresh or the seventh generation. The 4Runner might share the same engines as the new Toyota Tacoma. Maybe we will get more clues when it finally comes out.
We are tracking the six-generation Toyota 4Runner for updates, so stay tuned for the latest news.