What comes after a new Toyota Tacoma? That’d be a new 4Runner, of course.

    After 15 years, the legendary Toyota 4Runner off-roader has been given a total overhaul for North America.

    As for Australia? “Toyota Australia is continually studying the market for new opportunities to offer exciting new products to Australian customers,” a spokesperson told CarExpert.

    “At this stage however, we have no announcements to make on the Toyota 4Runner for the Australian market.”

    Under the skin, it’s built on a version of the TNGA-F platform rolling out across Toyota’s range of utes, pickups, and off-road four-wheel drives, including the new LandCruiser Prado.

    Gone is the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated V6 engine from the old model, replaced by a turbocharged 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder engine making 207kW of power and 512Nm of torque.

    A hybrid version of the same engine is also on hand, with a handy 235kW and 630Nm. Both are mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, in place of the five-speed from its 15-year-old predecessor.

    Rear-wheel drive, a simple four-wheel drive system (2H, 4H, 4L), and a more sophisticated full-time four-wheel drive system are all offered.

    All models feature a limited-slip differential on the rear axle, with more off-road hardware available the further up the range you move. Approach angle starts at 32 degrees, and departure angle is 24 degrees.

    Nine trim levels are offered, with the Trailhunter sitting atop the range. It rides on 33-inch off-road tyres, has Old Man Emu remote reservoir shocks, and features an ARB roof rack and light bar.

    Inside, the 4Runner features an 8.0-inch touchscreen and 7.0-inch digital trip computer at the base level, while the range topper gets a 14-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital cluster.

    A full suite of active safety assists are standard range-wide.

    In North America, the 4Runner slots in under the new Prado, sold there simply as the LandCruiser. However, Toyota has yet to confirm pricing of the new model.

    Would you like to see the 4Runner in Australia?

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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