Pure off-roaders are rare to find these days as buyers who want a SUV purely for off-road reasons are just that bit rare and more. Other than the Jeep Grand Cherokee, there are no SUVs produced purely for off-roading and this is for a fact. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is the latest victim being one of the leading off-roaders since decades.
But Toyota is a master of innovation so expect them to mix the best of both classes in this upcoming 2018 Toyota 4Runner.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Exterior Changes
Rumors are that the Japs will not change much in this new model entering its 6th generation as far as the exteriors are concerned. Styling basics in itself is aggressive and that is just how every other full-size SUV in this genre is being remodeled.
This vehicle is already large and beastly. A pumped up all-black mesh grille is where the eyes get stuck at first sight. Following through from the extended contours of the grille are to signature Toyota 4 Runner fog lamps powerfully clamping in the grille from wither side with a strong black hedge-line extending down the sides.
A huge front fender caps the grille and is contrasted by sharp egoistic LED clusters as headlamps. Extending from the hood, this SUV itself has that sturdy rugged truck-like aura to it, echoes of an off-roading past.
Utilitarian side-body and roof rails make sure this SUV is taken very seriously. There is nothing fanciful about this car with the rear sporting work-man like rigid rear lamps, a spoiler attaché, a protruding rear fender and a mid-body placed rear exhaust.
It is for a fact that this SUV will be larger and wider than before to accommodate 7 passengers. Expectations are that Toyota is aiming for class-topping space and interior specs although this will depend on where the Japanese manufacturers will place this model in the full-size SUV category.
There are no specific specs released by Toyota given that it will be a long time before this model hits showrooms. The interiors will concentrate on in-cabin luxury and leading infotainment. An improvement on the 6.1 inches multi-info screen is expected coupled with an 8 or 10 speaker audio system. Toyota will for surely open its array of cabin techs for this model.
Toyota may just look to keep a bit of its off-road performance DNA intact to give this model a USP unlike other full-size SUVs in the market. Although, given this change of genre, it still has to look to other performance stats such as fuel economy and so on so forth.
- Engine Type – 3.5 L V6 VVT.
- Max Output – 300 HP. [Estimated.]
- Max Torque – 260 lb-ft. [Estimated.]
- EPA – 21 mpg [Expected. Combined.]
- Transmission – 6-Speed Auto.
- Drivetrain – RWD/AWD.
This 2018 Toyota 4Runner will run with an all-new naturally aspirated 3.5 L replacing the ancient 4.0 L engine which although did have a cult following. There are rumors that the transmission will come with a manual shift-ability option. Whether Toyota will include a hybrid setup later on is worth a watch.
Whatever this car might turn out to be, Toyota will look to check all the boxes with this re-continued model. It is for a fact that it will not be an off-roader per se, but this 2018 Toyota 4Runner will look to mix and match. Stay tuned for more info and specs on this upcoming full-size SUV.
Release Date and Price
2018 Toyota 4Runner expected price is around – $35,000 to $45,000. Premiere of the new updated model will most likely be in the fourth quarter of year.