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Old 05-27-2019, 01:42 PM #1
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Next-Generation Toyota 4Runner we can expect in 2021 - The Frisky

Toyota 4Runner is not slowing down. This off-road oriented SUV is perfect for your wild adventures. Well, a 4.0-liter engine is providing a lot of power. There are also a few TRD packages to boost performance. True enthusiasts will know all the advantages of the TRD Pro suite. It makes the 4Runner unstoppable. The competition will not find it easy to match its performance. Jeep struggles to do so, and we will see what the new Bronco can offer. Toyota’s big rig is very popular, but it needs a redesign. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner started the 11th year of the fifth generation. The changes are required, but we still don’t have a schedule of the redesign and updates.

Under the hood of the new 4Runner is a 4.0-liter engine. This is the largest V6 drivetrain Toyota has to offer. It develops 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. It is enough to tow 5,000 pounds. A five-speed automatic transmission sends power to rear wheels. All models are offering optional part-time AWD. The limited edition is bringing the full-time version. Downsides of this SUV is a poor fuel economy. With 18 mpg combined, 4Runner can’t cope with much more efficient rivals. With TRD Pro package the consumption goes even higher.

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One of the things we expect from the future 4Runner is a new engine. According to rumors, Toyota is after a straight-six unit. New Supra gets it, and the next one to update its engine room is 4Runner. This is not going to happen next season. The Japanese company pays more attention to other models, and this SUV is somehow in the background. Changes on the new Sequoia, which is joining the TRD lineup, and the redesign of Highlander, are priorities for next season. So, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is coming the same as the 2019 year model. However, in 2021 we expect redesign and a new engine.

So, a straight-six unit as the 4Runner’s drivetrain? Sounds funny, but a 3.0-liter powertrain creates 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque for the new Toyota Supra. It is more important, a turbocharged engine works almost perfect. Engineers say you will hardly notice turbocharging. Toyota has a ‘plan B’ – Tacoma’s 3.5-liter engine with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft.

SUVTrend.com reported that the 4Runner might get a new platform and a new V6 engine.

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The major change for the remaining models in the current generation will be Android Auto integration. Apple CarPlay is already available since last year and we will see these features on the new 2020 4Runner. Besides that, the company will improve the current infotainment system. Like the SUV, the Entune is going towards the new generation with more options and features. The 4Runner remains a 7-seat SUV. However, none trim above SR5 comes with a three-row configuration. The limited model offers more space for five passengers, while off-road oriented TRD models don’t need seven passengers.

With minor changes, the price of the upcoming 2020 Toyota 4Runner will be unchanged. That means to best offer is going to be around $35,000. A TRD suite with the least upgrades adds around $5,000 while the PRO version will cost just under $50k. 4Runner Limited will get the biggest price bump with new features and options. However, the difference might be a grand or two.
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I sincerely hope its not Tacoma's 2GR-FKS that has approximately 0 torque before 3000rpm and 265 lpb after 6000rpm.
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Its not gonna have a turbo straight-six. Toyota only used BMW power plant to minimize cost on the Supra knowing that they aren't going to sell a massive amount of units. The cost to design a new engine is in the billions and if it were to share the same with the Supra they would have done their own design and never let BMW cut into their profits. Which is leads into exactly why its not a BMW straight-six... Toyota will NEVER let BMW take a nickel from one of their best selling models.

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Until they come out with something better than the 2UZ in a 4Runner I'm not remotely interested in 'upgrading'.
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Until they come out with something better than the 2UZ in a 4Runner I'm not remotely interested in 'upgrading'.
I don't have any experience with the 2UZ, but I love the 1GR-FE. I also like how long it's been around haha.
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Its not gonna have a turbo straight-six. Toyota only used BMW power plant to minimize cost on the Supra knowing that they aren't going to sell a massive amount of units. The cost to design a new engine is in the billions and if it were to share the same with the Supra they would have done their own design and never let BMW cut into their profits. Which is leads into exactly why its not a BMW straight-six... Toyota will NEVER let BMW take a nickel from one of their best selling models.

I have a 17 limited getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2020 limited
just wondering if I should wait. I want to get one before it goes unibody
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I have a 17 limited getting ready to pull the trigger on a 2020 limited
just wondering if I should wait. I want to get one before it goes unibody
I would wait, if the 6th Gen ends up having a unibody you can always buy the last model before the 6th Gen which the dealers will still have some of on the lots!!
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Its likely it will have the 3.5L 2GR-FKS from the Tacoma and the same 6 speed auto. Unfortunately we are kidding ourselves thinking it will come with a V8, Diesel, or I6. The only thing I could see Toyota doing is bringing the Manual over from the Tacoma, but even that is a stretch.
Due to rising MPG standards, diesel scandals and what people actually buy, it will probably be pretty basic drivetrain wise but have all new Infotainment systems and safety systems put in.
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I doubt Toyota will ever use a V8, or a standard transmission. As much as enthusiasts would live that, they’re selling to the masses. They’ll likely use the underwhelmed 3.5, which is just sad. Toyota love reliability and using things they can trust to last. That’s what the company is built upon, and why we all have these vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles. And then come back for more. I know I will.
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I doubt Toyota will ever use a V8, or a standard transmission. As much as enthusiasts would live that, they’re selling to the masses. They’ll likely use the underwhelmed 3.5, which is just sad. Toyota love reliability and using things they can trust to last. That’s what the company is built upon, and why we all have these vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles. And then come back for more. I know I will.
I could see them coming back to a v8 possibly but definitely not a standard transmission. The 4runner, like the land cruiser, built popularity with the exploring camping crowd and then it became popular with everyone because ofnthe reliability.

What seems has happened, to me at least, is that the 4runner shares some parts with the sequoia and some parts with the tacoma, which is nice because you get a mix of pure truck with family SUV. If this continues what this allows for is the enthusiasts to be able to build their dream without going overboard but doesn't necessarily offer the options straight out the gate. This keeps their liability low on the manufacturing side and regulatory side while getting the enthusiasts what they want....in a roundabout manner.

I certainly would entertain the idea of possibly putting an fj manual 4wd system in at some point or even exploring the possibility of some sort of aftermarket manual hub kit. The awd system is pretty nice in the snow though so there's that too.

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I don't see them ever going back to a V8. The 2UZ is great but has a few issues (I have one in my 05 T4R SE). MPG/emissions being one of them. Straight 6 is unlikely too cause it'll be a tight fit in the engine bay. Turbo diesel also not an option cause Toyota prides themselves on naturally aspirated reliability and longevity with their offroad vehicles (example Toyota Land Cruiser. Yes I know there's a diesel option but it's not as popular).
It will most likely be another V6.
Manual might be an option as that is offered on the 2020 Tacoma I believe.

Either way I'm looking forward to see what the 6th gen will be like. Hopefully it's not disappointing like the Supra (in my opinion).
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All models are offering optional part-time AWD. The limited edition is bringing the full-time version.
Okay, so other than the appearance that automotive writing has taken a real nosedive here... but isn't this statement an oxymoron? "optional part-time AWD"?

Lol, I'm sure they mean it has a transfer case with a differential as an option, but that is simply a terrible way to phrase it.

Regardless, it sounds like the 2020 is likely to be a 2019 with a few different gizmos at best.
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I don't see them ever going back to a V8. The 2UZ is great but has a few issues (I have one in my 05 T4R SE). MPG/emissions being one of them. Straight 6 is unlikely too cause it'll be a tight fit in the engine bay. Turbo diesel also not an option cause Toyota prides themselves on naturally aspirated reliability and longevity with their offroad vehicles (example Toyota Land Cruiser. Yes I know there's a diesel option but it's not as popular).
It will most likely be another V6.
Manual might be an option as that is offered on the 2020 Tacoma I believe.

Either way I'm looking forward to see what the 6th gen will be like. Hopefully it's not disappointing like the Supra (in my opinion).
My v8 got better MPGs than my buddy's v6 consistently and mine is all time 4x4 too with his being 2wd. It's not much of a difference at all if we are being honest...plenty of guys with 5th gens get the same as me too. The MPG argument is unfounded imo and most of the time its what v6 owners say to try and make themselves feel better and as far as emissions go, I don't get that argument either because there are plenty of Toyota and Lexus vehicles with a v8 offered.
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My v8 got better MPGs than my buddy's v6 consistently and mine is all time 4x4 too with his being 2wd. It's not much of a difference at all if we are being honest...plenty of guys with 5th gens get the same as me too. The MPG argument is unfounded imo and most of the time its what v6 owners say to try and make themselves feel better and as far as emissions go, I don't get that argument either because there are plenty of Toyota and Lexus vehicles with a v8 offered.
Real MPG depends on driving style and mods. But I've never heard of the V8 getting better MPG than the V6. Usually the V6 gets better MPG.
Yes the difference is negligible. I prefer the fulltime 4WD and benefit of more power and torque. But the MPG/emissions concern isnt between the 4Runner V6 vs V8. It's between the 4Runner/Tundra/Sequoia/LC/LX and other cars in the market today. Many owners and potential buyers have complained about the fuel economy in some of these Toyota/Lexus cars. Newer cars from other manufacturers are getting much better MPG. In order to compete with them and also meet and please EPA standards and consumers/environmentalists, Toyota will very likely try to make the new gen 4Runner more fuel efficient.
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I'm betting it goes unibody like nearly every other SUV type vehicle out there.
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