Toyota Reveals New 4Runner Lineup with 326hp Hybrid Trailhunter Option

Toyota has unveiled the new 4Runner lineup, refreshing the popular platform that last received an update well over a decade ago. The new 4Runner,which spans nine model variants, offers a powerful new hybrid drivetrain and a more off-road-ready Trailhunter version.

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Pricing was not immediately announced, but according to a Toyota press release, the new 4Runner models will be available this fall. The model line should include an OEM flavor for most tastes, including SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Sport Premium, TRD Off Road, TRD Off Road Premium, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter variants.

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Most will get power from Toyota’s i-FORCE turbocharged 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder gas engine, which will make 278 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. Upper-tier models, including the Trailhunter, will receive the i-FORCE MAX hybrid system, which increases output to 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Most lower-tier models will be able to upgrade to the hybrid powertrain as an option. The hybrid system comes standard on the TRD Pro, Trailhunter, and Platinum model trims. The 4Runner will use a “mild” hybrid system with a small battery pack and a 48-horsepower electric motor integrated into the drivetrain. The system is designed to increase power and improve gas mileage. There will not be any electric-only driving capability or range. All models will include an 8-speed automatic with clutchless manual gear selection capability, but a true three-pedal manual will not be offered.

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The Trailhunter trim is likely top of the list for most overlanding fans, and it will come with factory-fitted parts that include ARB’s Old Man Emu 2.5-inch forged shocks with rear external piggyback remote reservoirs, an ARB-designed roof rack, 33-inch Toyo A/T tires, snorkel air intake, rock rails, skid plates, RIGID 20-inch LED light bar, a retro grill, and dual 2,400-Watt A/C voltage inverters. Additional optional equipment can plug into the Trailhunter’s three pre-wired auxiliary switches. The Trailhunter will also come with a push-button disconnecting front anti-roll bar as standard and include a low-speed “CRAWL” rock crawling drive mode. The rear differential can also be locked remotely. The TRD Pro version will include Fox QS3 suspension dampers. All models include 4WD-High and Low modes as well as Mud, Dirt, and Sand drive modes through the Multi-Terrain Select system.

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The suspension upgrades give the Trailhunter two inches of lift up front and 1.5 inches out back. Toyota says the 4Runner will have a 32-degree approach and 24-degree departure angles. Breakover was not specified. Ground clearance was also not listed in the company’s press release.

Additional tech includes a standard 8-inch touchscreen or a 14-inch touchscreen, a head-up display (HUD), a tow package, heated rear seats, and a Platinum trim package. There will also be wireless phone charging, Apple and Android infotainment compatibility, numerous USB-C powerlets, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display for the driver. Different trims will have different standard features, of course, but remote start via a Smart Key System is standard on all trims. There will be an optional ability for others to access and drive the 4Runner via a phone-based Digital Key the owner can control.

Additional tech includes Toyota Safety Sense and Proactive Driving Assist, including pre-collision and pedestrian detection, lane departure, blind spot detection, smart cruise, and a system to detect if the driver is having a medical emergency called the Emergency Stop Driving System. The tech will also read and notify drivers about road signs.

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Interior options range from the practical to opulent, especially in the top-tier Platinum variant, which is perhaps the more city-oriented version opposite the Trailhunter. A small JBL Bluetooth speaker that fits in the dash is an option on some trims and is included with others.

The new 4Runner is based on Toyota’s TNGA platform, which it shares with the Tacoma pickup and recently resurrected Land Cruiser. Fun features making a return to the 4Runner include the power rear window for easy access to the cargo area without opening the tailgate and rear windows that wrap slightly into the roofline as on 4Runners of old. Due to the platform change, the new 4Runner is about 3 inches longer and slightly wider than the old model.

“This all-new 4Runner has incredible versatility and capability that nicely rounds out our truck family story,” Dave Christ, Toyota group vice president and general manager, said in the press release. “We’ve sold over 3 million in the 40 years it has been on sale, and this sixth-generation model offers a cool new look and incredible features yet retains the rugged style and capability our customers love about this icon of adventure.”

We will update with pricing and other information as we receive it from Toyota.

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