Toyota’s Next Gen 4Runner: Off-Road Evolution

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Toyota's Next Gen 4Runner
Toyota's Next Gen 4Runner

Toyota recently introduced the latest Land Cruiser family and is gearing up to retire the aging 4Runner, replacing it with an entirely new generation. The current 4Runner, a fifth-gen model, has been around for almost 15 years since its production debut in August 2009. Built on the same underpinnings as the old Land Cruiser Prado, Tacoma, and FJ Cruiser, the 4Runner remains a true body-on-frame off-roader, unlike many of its contemporaries.

While its on-road performance may not turn heads, the 4Runner excels off the beaten path. To enhance its capabilities, enthusiasts often opt for upgrades such as chunky tires, new suspension, lift kits, auxiliary lights, and even snorkels. A skilled driver and a tank full of gasoline are essential for conquering the great outdoors in this rugged vehicle.

Toyota's Next Gen 4Runner
Toyota’s Next Gen 4Runner (Credit: Toyota)

The upcoming generation of the 4Runner is expected to maintain its body-on-frame construction, in line with its heritage. It will share this platform with other Toyota models like the Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, and Lexus GS. Anticipated to mirror the Land Cruiser’s performance, the new 4Runner will differentiate itself through its design and powertrain options.

Official teasers hint at a quirky yet updated design, featuring modern technology such as a large tablet-like infotainment system and power-operated roll-down windows. Renderings suggest evolutionary changes, retaining the iconic boxy appearance. Toyota is set to reveal the new 4Runner on April 9, and enthusiasts await eagerly to see how it will fare after all these years.


By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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