When it comes to body-on-frame SUVs capable of tackling any terrain, the 4Runner TRD Pro is among top choices. It may not be the most handsome vehicle but it’s definitely one of the most reliable models currently available. Now, rumor has it that the 4Runner TRD Pro could undergo a number of exterior and interior upgrades for 2018. The changes are expected to make Toyota’s SUV fresh and relevant for a few more years. Some reports also suggest that the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro could offer improved fuel efficiency. According to unofficial sources, the upcoming model could arrive in the second half of 2017.
2018 4Runner TRD Pro Design
In terms of exterior styling, expect the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro to feature a revamped front end. It is likely to receive a slightly reshaped grille as well as new headlights. However, the model will retain most of the familiar styling cues that set it apart from standard 4Runners. So, expect its front end to sport TOYOTA lettering on a matte black grille. Also, the TRD Pro version will feature darkened headlights and taillights. Compared to the standard model, this capable off-roader is raised by an inch and comes with thick skid plates. The end result of these additions is a menacing look that distinguishes the 4Runner TRD Pro from ordinary SUVs.
Apart from familiar TRD Pro styling cues, the upcoming model’s interior will get a number of updates. Expect it to offer an enhanced version of Entune radio as well as improved materials. The seats will come covered in black cloth with contrasting red stitching, with the shift knob and floor matsfeaturing TRD Pro logos.
2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Specs
As for the mechanical department, the 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro will use the tried and tested 4.0-liter V6. Toyota’s capable powertrain will once again churn out 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be matched to a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. Four-wheel drive and locking rear differential will come standard. One of the drawbacks in case of the 4Runner SUV is its quite poor fuel economy of 17/21 mpg. However, it offers a decent towing capacity of up to 4,900 pounds.
Pricing and Competition
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is likely to start close to $42,500. Some of its proper off-roading rivals include the Nissan Xterra and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. As for the car-based crossover SUV competition, it includes the likes of Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer and Kia Sorento.