We are not here to talk about the hyped-up crossovers. Toyota’s marketing department has asked us not to even mention the 2025 Tacoma midsize pickup truck. It is hiding teasers and playing hide-and-seek at everyone’s request. Hopefully, they’ll soon tire of releasing so many teasers and let us see what lies behind the Tundra-inspired styling, the iForce Max hybrid engine, and the Trailhunter Adventure trim. It’s likely to be another top-seller despite the D41 Nissan Frontier and all-new Chevy Canyon, GMC Canyon as well as the upcoming Ford Ranger.
Some people are already looking past the horizons of the Tacoma 2024 to the sunrise that could be the Toyota 4Runner SUV’s sibling in 2025. They also took matters into their own hands. The digital content creators of car-related digital content can create some amazing images with their CGI brushes. Here are some of the folks at the AutoYa information channel on YouTube, who have created the unofficial look for the upcoming 2020 4Runner. This includes both the inside and outside, as well as (many hypothetical) TRD Pro accessories.
Take everything with a healthy amount of sand until we receive official confirmation from the Japanese automaker. Here’s the thing. The resident pixel-master has been drawing sixth-gen Toyota 4Runners for a long time, as you can see from the CGI presentation we’ve embedded below. And the virtual offroad SUVs look better and better each time. They have more ideas to work with now that they’ve seen the constant stream of teasers for the 2024 Tacoma and possible DNA links to the 2023 Tundra, Sequoia, and Sequoia.
Let’s not forget the many POVs, the unofficial trim and colors, or the quick peek inside the cockpit. What do you think? Is this 2025 4Runner deserving of our CGI pass or should it go back to digital school and study more?
2025 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Model
It would be a pity to lose the current Toyota 4Runner. The fact that it has trouble-free mileage is probably its most famous feature. Its incredibly simple foundation is the main reason for its reliability. The 4.0-liter V-6 engine produces 270 horsepower. Toyota has used this naturally aspirated engine for many decades. It has a very small number of components, so it is unlikely to fail. It’s the same with the old-fashioned five-speed transmission, which is a technology that was mostly used in 1990s vehicles. It’s old but reliable.
The drivetrain is similar with an independent front axle and a solid rear axle. The 4Runner, and most Toyota trucks for the last two decades. The interior continues the old-school feel with a dated screen and large buttons for climate control. The dashboard feels old and upright. This doesn’t bother buyers, given the demand for this model. Toyota has not released any information on the new 4Runner. How on earth can there be so many updates? Recently, the Japanese automaker unveiled the all-new Tacoma, and even more exciting, the all-new Lexus GX. Why is this important?
The Lexus GX is, in fact, a more luxurious and rebadged version of the Land Cruiser Prado. This vehicle is very similar to the 4Runner. The underpinnings of these three vehicles are similar. By looking at Toyota’s latest releases, we can learn a lot about the 4Runner. All other Toyota off-road models will be based on the TNGA-F, which is found under the 300-series Land Cruiser, Tundra, and Sequoia. The next 4Runner will be included.
Toyota did not doubt keeping the 4Runner’s independent front suspension and solid rear. The 4Runner has been positioned as a more capable but less comfortable vehicle than the Wrangler for many years. The suspension system of the TRD Pro 4Runner should be almost identical to the new Tacoma TRD Pro, which offers Fox QS3 and a disconnectable sway bar.
Tacoma will undergo some minor modifications to allow it to tow more weight. The 4Runner’s tires may be bigger than the 33-inch size available on the Tacoma, as it now has to compete with vehicles such as the Bronco Sasquatch that can have 35-inch wheels.
The new Tacoma TRD Pro comes with crawl control, multi-terrain select, steel rear bumpers, skidplates, rear lockers, disconnectable a tire bar, and a low range. The 4runner will likely have similar features, but it is hoped that the SUV could go a step further.
Since this vehicle is meant to compete with the Bronco, and Wranglers, an addition of a locker in the front and larger tires will be welcomed. Toyota cannot continue to sell its 4Runner in its current form. Manufacturers have reached the limit of what is possible with factory-built off-roaders.
Toyota announced the Trailhunter Package will be available in Tacoma. If you didn’t know, the Trailhunter Package offers accessories that are factory installed for Toyota 4×4 owners who want to go on overland adventures. These accessories are primarily designed for long-distance travel, not extreme off-roading.
This package comes with a mid-size truck that has a different Old Man Emu shock absorber, a steel bumper at the rear, additional underbody protection, and rock sliders. It can also be ordered with bed racks and other accessories. It is worth mentioning that the majority of these accessories are manufactured by ARB, a well-known Australian 4×4 accessory maker.
The Trailhunter trim may also be available on the 4Runner, as it is the most popular overland vehicle in the United States. This package should include a similar Old Man Emu suspension system, a steel back bumper, a roof rack, underbody protection, and other overland accessories. This is an excellent idea, as it allows customers to purchase a modified vehicle that is guaranteed and financed in one unit.
New vehicles are characterized by downsized engines. To meet fuel economy and emissions standards, power plants are being designed with smaller engines that use turbos to produce horsepower numbers similar to larger engines. In some cases, the addition of electric powertrains can increase power while reducing fuel consumption.
MotorTrend reports that the next-generation 2025 4Runner is expected to have a hybrid engine. The new 4Runner is likely to receive the same 2.4-liter hybrid engine paired with the eight-speed transmission found in the Tacoma. The new 4Runner is a major concern. The smaller hybrid 2.4-liter turbocharged engine is more complex and stressed than the 4.0-liter naturally aspirated of the current model.
The new 4Runner may not be as reliable, which would be a shame because reliability is the 4Runner’s identity. As of right now, reliability concerns are only rumors. Toyota will make every effort to make the new 4Runner as competitive and as good as it can be, as the market for 4x4s with rugged terrain is more fierce than ever.
We do not yet have specific information about the highly anticipated 2024 Toyota Tacoma, which will be revealed on May 19, 2019. I can make an educated guess as to some of the colors that will be available in 2024 for the Tacoma TRD Pro. I’d assume a shade of white – most likely Ice Cap.
Perhaps a dark paint color like Midnight Black Metallic. It’s hard to say what the third color will be – maybe a gray or silver shade. The unique signature color is still up for debate and remains as controversial as ever. I would choose the palettes of black cherry, brick red, and yellow.
The 2025 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro will have all the latest driver-assist and active safety features. The Toyota Safety Suite will include adaptive cruise control at full speed, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and road sign recognition. It could also include the somewhat strange Proactive Driving Assist system that is included in the new Prius.
Toyota has made significant technological advancements since the fifth-generation 4Runner’s infotainment screen of 8.0 inches. The 2025 4Runner is likely to offer an infotainment system similar to what’s offered in premium Toyota models today, such as the Crown’s 12.3″ unit or the Tundra’s 14.0-inch screen.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other wireless features will be available, but some, like the built-in GPS, may require a subscription. It is possible to have a digital gauge that can be reconfigured. Wireless charging pads and multiple USB ports are likely to be used to charge devices. The sixth-generation 4Runner TRD pro should have a premium audio system, just like the current model.
2025 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Price & Release Date
The sixth-generation 4Runner is expected to be released in 2025. Toyota may release the 4Runner TRD Pro with the other models, or they could wait until 2026 to reveal it. It’ll be more expensive, no matter when it arrives. The current model costs around $56,000. And that’s even before the dealers add a hefty markup.