The 4Runner is one of the few body on frame SUVs currently on sale. This is because most other manufacturers moved their SUVs to unibody designs which are more efficient and less costly to build. However, it seems Toyota is likely going to carry on with this old but proven design. Even though not official, it seems a new model is already in the works. The upcoming 2018 version is likely going to be the all new 4Runner we have all been expecting. With it, they will also release the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, the off-road specific version of the SUV which will come with quite a few extras over the usual model.
Excellent off-road capabilities
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The ongoing TRD Pro is one of the most expensive trim levels of the 4Runner starting at over $42,000. If the rumors are true then the 2018 version will likely cost even more than that.
The end result should be one of the most capable four-door SUVs in off-road on the market
However, the new model is also expected to come with more gear as standard as well as with a higher performance engine.
The chassis and running gear
The outgoing version of the car used the same chassis and running gear setup as the FJ Cruiser. The new 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is expected to depart from that aging design.
Instead, it will likely be based on the same platform as the new Tacoma. This boasts a high strength steel chassis wrapped in a high strength steel body.
The running gear will likely use an all independent suspension setup
The 4Runner might also receive some aluminum parts in order to keep the weight down. Thanks to the new chassis the torsional rigidity will increase by a good margin. Also, its overall performance on and off the road should be improved by a good margin.
While not ideal in off-road it should be the perfect compromise for its intended purpose.
Toyota 4Runner Limited First OFF-ROADING
2018 Toyota 4Runner Exterior
One of the major drawbacks of the current generation of the 4Runner has always been the way it looks. The new 2018 version of the SUV is expected to depart from the odd-looking front end to something a bit more conventional.
At this point, it seems Toyota might end up giving the 2018 4Runner a front end more similar to that of the Tacoma.
Together with a new rear end and the TRD Pro additions, the car should be quite impressive
It is also worth mentioning that the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is expected to come with larger 18-inch rims, new off-road tires as well as the different grille and set of headlights over the regular version.
Here the 4Runner TRD Pro is expected to be quite similar to the Tacoma. Just like the truck, the SUV is likely going to receive a less vertical design scheme, better materials as well as more kit in the base trim level.
Also, the leatherette upholstery found on the current model is likely going to be carried over due to its high quality.
Other standard features will include Toyota’s latest infotainment and navigation system, a surround audio system, an automatic climate control system this time around as well as a connected package which should include a Wi-Fi hotspot.
With the help of a 6 speed automatic, the all wheel drive 4Runner should be able to get to 60 MPH in just under 8.0 seconds
Engine 2018 Toyota 4Runner
The aging 4.0 liter V6 is finally going to be discontinued. In its place, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro will boast a smaller 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6.
However, thanks to direct injection and variable valve timing, the smaller engine should be good for 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The fuel consumption will likely be improved slightly thanks to the lower weight and new engine.
The fuel consumption is also expected to be right around 21 to 22 MPG on average which is not ideal but still better than before.
|Engine||Naturally aspirated V6|
|Power / Torque||278 hp / 265 lb-ft|
|EPA Fuel economy - City (MPG)||17|
|EPA Fuel economy Hwy (MPG)||21|
|Fuel System||Sequential MPI|
Some also suggested that with this generation Toyota might start offering a new engine. However, we find this very unlikely, especially when we take a look at its predecessor.
They might start offering a supercharger-package for the TRD Pro in which case we can expect more performance at the expense of fuel consumption.
Release and Price
The price of 2018 Toyota 4Runner will be in the region between $35,000 and $45,000. The current model is priced similarly and that shouldn’t change with the upcoming 2018 4Runner.
This SUV is one of those that changed very little over the years and that’s why people loved it too much. The Japanese manufacturer will stay loyal to its customers by keeping the 4Runner same in every aspect.
|Toyota 4Runner||$35,000 - $45,000|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||$31,000 - $54,000|
|Jeep Wrangler||$25,000 - $38,000|
|Ford Edge||$29,000 - $41,000|
|Nissan Murano||$30,000 - $42,000|
|Dodge Durango||$31,000 - $45,000|
|Kia Sorento||$26,000 - $46,000|
Although we love to think that 4Runner is without competition that’s just not the case. Evidently, it’s superior in off-road ability but as a car that has more purposes, it has some adversaries.
Most notable rivals include Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, Ford Edge, KIA Sorrento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Wrangler.
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