While it is not officially confirmed yet, but there is a big reason why the internet is currently in a state of uproar regarding the new 2018 Toyota 4Runner. The whole situation with this particular hatchback is becoming a hot topic among automobile enthusiasts on the internet, but why do they are confident that there will be official confirmation about this car soon when there are not even 2018 Toyota 4Runner spy shoot available yet? Here, we will discuss everything we know regarding this rumored upcoming entry to the ever famous Toyota 4Runner brand line.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Information and Rumor
It’s been almost a decade ago where the first entry to this famous Toyota 4Runner line was introduced and ever since then, this brand has become one of the best choices when it comes to hatchback SUV. The anticipation that we are seeing from the enthusiasts proves that even after all these years this brand is still going strong; for your information the last year alone, the current Toyota 4Runner model sold for more than 110.000 units.
That number is very impressive considering that when this brand was first introduced, there are other famous hatchback brands like Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer or Nissan Pathfinder. Those names are very difficult rivals to compete, but the Toyota 4Runner does not falter while those brands sales are still good. The Toyota 4Runner increase in unit sold means the directions that they are going with are actually in line to what the consumer wants.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Release Date and Price Information
Unfortunately, because the new Toyota 4Runner is not yet officially announced, then we got no information to show regarding the 2018 Toyota 4Runner release date and price, but that does not mean that there is nothing available for this. We can only speculate the price that this hatchback SUV is going to be available and looking at its past models plus their release price, we predict that this newer model of the Toyota 4Runner hatchback standard trim level is not going to be that much different to the price of the current model. One thing that is for sure though, the price is going to be increased due to more modern features and available gadgets.
This new car is going to be available for $36,000 or more for the standard model alone, and you can be sure that there will be a lot of trim levels and optional features available. There will be difference in price depending on the drive-train that you prefer as well, and we are sure that there will be 4WD version available. But due to the fluctuations to Yen, the price might change in the official release.
As for the release date, we also can only speculate, but more sources stated that this new Toyota 4Runner hatchback is going to be available this year. But do not expect that it will be available in the market soon. The most realistic prediction would be the hatchback SUV to be available on the market at the very least in the second half of this year so if you are already a fan and want to get this new version, you have to start saving now.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Exterior and Interior Designs
To start with the 2018 Toyota 4Runner review, we got to start with how the hatchback SUV will look and we are going to start with the exterior. For the overall exterior body design of this new 4Runner hatchback, expect some changes made, but those changes are probably not going to be that significant.
This is one problem that this rumored vehicle might face, there is many people who consider that this hatchback SUV looks very unusual for its kind and does not look like its competitors. While being different is certainly something to go for, we can only hope that there will be changes made to this 2018 Toyota 4Runner exterior design or at least makes it look like regular hatchback SUV. They probably can take inspirations from their mid size pickup trucks for the design.
Also regarding the exterior, there are many people that are hopeful that Toyota is going to use the frame of their successful mid size pickup truck line. While there is possibility that this kind of thing to happen, it will drastically change the overall looks of the vehicle, so we are not really sure that it is going to be the case.
Although the exterior body of this new car is not going to have significant differences with the current model, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner interior design is probably going to go with different route than what you can get from the interior of this year’s model. Even though the looks of the interior might not be very different, but you can be sure that there will be more gadgets and features available. Those new gadgets and stuffs will require different kind of space to the current available features so the interior will feel different. But we cannot be sure whether or not it’s going to be significantly different or it is only negligible differences.
The interior will be covered using new material which will be an upgrade to the current model, while they are using higher quality material; we do not know the exact material that is going to be sued, so the comfortability factor is still a question for all of us.
If they are really going to what those hopeful fans above wished for; which is using a new platform for this year model then we can expect a lot more space available for the cabin. This new platform also allows this hatchback to carry up to 7 adult passengers and still have a lot of space to offer. Obviously, this is one thing that makes the fans becomes very hopeful to the next Toyota 4Runner model.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Engine and Performance
Now, it is time for the most fun part about this new hatchback SUV from Toyota, what kind of engine that they are going to use this time. For most of the time, the Toyota 4Runner line has used several variants of the 4.0 liter V6 engine, while this kind of engine is not weak or any kinds, people are expecting something more, something like a new V8 engine that will be able to generate a lot more power and provide better engine noise.
Truth to be told though, a V8 for the 2018 Toyota 4Runner engine is probably going to be available as optional engine for some trim levels only. So, what are they going to use for the standard engine for the standard model? Will they going to use an upgraded 4.0 liter V6 like the past Toyota 4Runner used? We expect they are not going to use such engine anymore while they are still going to use a V6 engine. However this time there is high possibility that they are going to be using a smaller 3.5 liter version of V6 engine. But this 3.5L V6 engine is not a regular V6, it is now equipped with direct injection so it’s actually a huge upgrade compared to the current bigger engine, that 3.5L V6 engine is going to be the same engine that you find on the current Tacoma model.
That 3.5L V6 engine that the current Toyota Tacoma is using is capable of generating 278 horsepower and 278 pound feet of torque. This smaller size engine will make the hatchback SUV a little bit lighter compared to its predecessor, but with this engine as well, this new Toyota 4Runner is going to be able to tow a lot of stuff. While being lighter and has the ability to tow 5.000 pounds easily, this new hatchback SUV is also going to be more fuel efficient due to its supposedly new engine in which the engine is rated for 24 mpg on the highway.
As for the available drivetrain and transmission, expect the new Toyota 4Runner to be available with the rear wheel drive as the standard model, and the 4 wheel drive available as optional features. For the transmission, it is highly unlikely that Toyota is going to use the old transmission system, as the newer and more modern 6 speed transmissions is a lot better than their old 5 speed transmission system.
2018 Toyota 4Runner Competitors and Conclusion
So, with all those information what kind of competition that this hatchback is going to have in the market? With the availability of the new Nissan Pathfinder, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Durango, Kia Sorento, Ford Explorer, and Hyundai Santa Fe, this car is going to be in a big competition for the market. Those vehicles shares similar price points and some are even cheaper than this new 4Runner. We also could not forget about the GMC Arcadia All Terrain and Land Rover Discovery Sport as well, although they are expensive those are the vehicle to get if you want more luxury inside.
Fortunately, seeing the recent increase in sales and popularity, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is going to perform just fine on the global automobile market.