The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is the only midsize SUV which still uses a body on frame construction mostly because it offers it a great advantage in off-road. However, considering most people are now looking at crossover SUV vehicles at bigger city cars in which they can get their family around, Toyota is in a pinch with the current generation of the 4Runner. There have been rumors that the next Toyota 4Runner 2016 will become a 7 passenger crossover SUV with a unibody construction which would make sense but it would also mean that the 4Runner as we know it will disappear.
2016 Toyota 4Runner redesign
On the inside, the 2016 Toyota 4Runner is going to borrow a few things from the Land Cruiser, such as the seats or the great navigation unit which has its own app environment. This will allow the driver to customize it to his own preferences which is a major step up over the previous one. Just like before, leather and soft touch plastic are going to be standard while the satellite navigation unit will come as an option on the base model only.
The exterior of the Toyota 4Runner 2016 is also expected to change, but not as much as its interior or the engines. The facelift it will get is going to give it a fresher look with a new set of headlights and tail lights as well as a coupled of different set of wheels.
2016 Toyota 4Runner specs
Engine wise we might have a surprise. Toyota already started removing the old 4.0-liter V6 engine from the market due to the fact that it wasn’t really fuel efficient and it didn’t offer as much power as most people wanted it to. In its place a new 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 should come with more power and better fuel consumption. This engine would provide 300 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque which is a 10% improvement over the previous generation. The older gearbox is also going to be replaced with a brand new 6-speed automatic transmission which will send its power either to the rear- or to an all-wheel-drive system.
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner hybrid was also rumored but considering its type of construction this wouldn’t make much sense mostly because the car wouldn’t be as fuel efficient as some other hybrid cars out there.
Toyota 4Runner 2016 release date and price
There is a small chance for the Toyota 4Runner 2016 though to be an evolution of the current model, so the body on frame would be kept. However, this new model would receive new engines, a new transmission as well as a lot more interior equipment. The release date for such a model might be closer than it seems with a predicted release in November 2015. The price of the 2016 Toyota 4Runner will likely stay around $35,000 for a base model which is right where the sweet spot is in its class.
More info: http://www.toyota.com/4runner/