All-New Toyota 4Runner to Debut Next Week, Here’s What to Expect

One of the most anticipated debuts of the year is just around the corner. On April 9, we’ll finally see the next-generation Toyota 4Runner, which will arrive as a 2025 model.

A couple of teasers were posted on social media in recent days, first showing the bottom part of the liftgate and the rear bumper, then the top half of the liftgate with the power sliding rear window.

The venerable 4Runner will stick around in Toyota’s growing SUV lineup, which added a pair of models for 2024 including the Grand Highlander et Land Cruiser. While the latter is also aimed at off-road driving enthusiasts, the new 4Runner will serve as a more affordable alternative.

Fundamentally speaking, it will remain closer to the Tacoma midsize pickup, with the same chassis and likely the same powertrain options. These include a turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine producing 278 horsepower, as well as a combination of that engine with electric drive for a total of 326 horsepower and as much as 465 lb-ft of torque.

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The outgoing 4Runner’s 4.0-litre V6, remember, generates 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. It’s definitely not known for delivering good fuel economy, something that the new model’s smaller displacement and electrification will help fix.

Another major change will be found inside, with brand new displays and Toyota’s latest infotainment system, as teased in the picture at the top of the page. Naturally, we expect designers to retain large physical controls for easy use, just like in the Tacoma, while also maximizing versatility and utility for adventure-minded drivers.

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Hopefully some 4Runner models will be available with Toyota’s awesome new IsoDynamic front seats, which add a shock absorber system to counteract body movements in off-road conditions and ensure driver and passenger comfort.

With increased sophistication, performance and capability, prices for the 2025 Toyota 4Runner will inevitably go up quite a bit. However, given its track record for dependability and durability, you can bet it will still be a sound investment in a market segment where most of the attention is turned to the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler. Come back on April 9 for all the details and pictures.

Watch: A Closer Look at the 2024 Toyota Tacoma

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