The fifth-generation 2020 Toyota 4Runner was officially revealed at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show earlier this year with a number of comprehensive updates. Today, 4Runner has become one of the oldest mid-size SUVs on the global market, since the SUV has entered its 11th model year. As we know, the fifth-generation Toyota 4Runner was introduced for the first time at the State Fair of Texas on September 24, 2009. This SUV was later sold on the U.S. market as a 2010 model year.
So far Toyota is also still silent about the next-generation 4Runner, although the Japanese manufacturers are expected to immediately prepare successors for the fifth-generation 4Runner with full redesign and total makeovers. Considering that the current 4Runner SUV lineup has received significant updates in 2014 (sold as a 2015 model year in the United States), including the 4Runner TRD Pro Series with its exclusive off-road package. After that there were only a few minor revisions especially for the TRD Pro version, adds new packages along with updated features and standard equipment.
Basically, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner has a design style that is almost unchanged from the 2014 model years – with an upright, muscular look, sharp angle, and has a big boxy-shaped body design. That may be more in demand by old-school SUV buyers who appreciate the simple design of truck-based SUVs, although today’s crossover buyers can be disappointed. Toyota also seems to prioritize the TRD Pro Series variants, as evidenced by the Japanese manufacturer placing the new grille design on the 2020 4Runner TRD Pro in order to accommodate radar sensors for its new safety equipment.
The interior design is mostly almost the same as the previous model and relatively unchanged. However, Toyota has provided some small changes for the 2020 4Runner TRD Pro, including adding some interior features such as a new 8-inch touchscreen, updated infotainment system, new keyless ignition, two USB ports for rear seats, and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto. As for standard safety equipment, the entire 2020 4Runner lineup is now equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection system, and automatic high-beam headlights. Obviously this is a significant safety equipment upgrade for the 2020 Toyota 4Runner, considering the previous model has long been outdated in terms of advanced safety technology.
Under the hood, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is powered by a 4.0-liter Dual VVT-i V6 engine paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox capable of producing 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. This is the same powertrain as the one offered in the previous model, and Toyota currently has no plans to offer a new powertrain for the fifth-generation 4Runner. The 4.0L V6 unit can be combined with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations, depending on buyer interest. Toyota claims that the latest 4Runner still maintains its maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
There’s no exact release date info yet, but the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is likely to reach U.S. dealerships later this year (around October 2019) with production starting this August. The 4Runner is set to compete with several of its key competitors in the mid-size SUV segment, including the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Toyota Highlander. Well, speaking of price, the new 2020 4Runner is likely to go on sale at a similar price tag with the current model’s MSRP, starting at $35,705 for the base model and $47,295 for the upper trim level “TRD Pro”. Given that Toyota doesn’t offer many changes to the new 4Runner, but it’s only a minor revisions.
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