2017 Toyota 4Runner Redesign
Based on the previous rhythm of replacing the Toyota 4Runner with new-generation models, we expect the sixth generation to make its debut for the 2017 MY. Ever since its inception in 1984, the Japanese company has been releasing a new generation of this SUV once in seven years. So, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is expected to be the first model of the sixth generation. As for the upcoming changes, it is reasonable to expect a thorough overhaul that is going to put the 4Runner more in line with the recently redesigned Toyota’s models.
2017 Toyota 4Runner Changes and Specs
The 4Runner is a mid-size body-on-frame SUV that actually managed to increase the sales figures in 2014. Apart from a minor facelift that came with the 2014 4Runner, the model hasn’t received any substantial upgrades since its debut in 2010. According to some rumors, the 4Runner was going to follow in the footsteps of the FJ Cruiser which had been discontinued in the US, but that turned out to be incorrect. The company simply doesn’t have interest in discontinuing this SUV with great off-road capabilities. What is more, the 2015 Toyota 4Runner was available with the new TRD Pro trim level that made it even more appealing to its potential buyers.
The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is definitely going to receive a major update of its exterior styling. Its front fascia will get most of the changes including a revised grille, new headlights and a reshaped front bumper. It is very unlikely that Toyota plans to alter the 4Runner’s dimensions, nor its platform that has proven itself as one of the upsides over the years. The weight reduction might be accomplished through the use of lighter materials which should result in improved fuel efficiency.
The 2017 4Runner will retain the three familiar trim levels. Those are the entry-level SR5, the range-topping Limited as well as the Trail Edition. The latter was actually introduced with the fifth generation of the model. Unlike the base 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5, the Trail trim model will still be available with AWD only. Shortly after the fifth generation was launched, the 4Runner SUV’s engine lineup got reduced to only one option. It was the 4.0-liter V6 VVTi powerplant with an output of 270 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The 4.7-liter V8 engine that motivated the fourth generation got discontinued. Regardless of its larger volume, this unit was actually less powerful than the 4.0-liter engine but it did return higher torque numbers. Rumor has it that the 2017 model will offered with an additional powerplant, at least as an option. That may very well be the 4.0-liter V8 but available exclusively with the Limited trim. So far, the engine has been paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It is most likely that the upcoming model will use the same gearbox.
When it comes to models such as the 4Runner, the interior design has never been a deciding factor for the buyers. However, we expect the 2017 Toyota 4Runner to receive certain updates inside the cabin. Since the model hasn’t changed much over the last years, Toyota’s designers will have plenty of room for interesting new styling cues. Not only that, this five-seater could use a number of changes that will improve its functionality.
2017 4Runner Price
The model’s pricing remains in the realm of speculation, as is the case with most of the other information. However, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is expected to stay in the similar price range based on the scope of changes it is about to undergo. Thus the 2017 Toyota 4Runner SR5 could cost around $33.000, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner Trail around $$36.000, while the 2017 Toyota 4Runner Limited is expected to start at $41.000. Also, the Trd Pro trim is expected to carry over as well. The current Toyota 4Runner Trd Pro costs around $41.310.