Car enthusiasts have big expectations from the next generation of this amazing SUV. Unfortunately, this complete overhaul won’t happen in the next year or two. Meanwhile, Toyota will try to keep this model competitive in different ways. One of them is a new version with a diesel engine. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel has been rumored and we believe it has a lot of potentials.
With an oil-burner, it should attract a lot of drivers who search for something more efficient compared to a thirsty V6 gasoline engine that currently powers this capable off-roader. Other than a new engine, things should remain the same. We count on the same overall design, on familiar styling and interior layout. On the other side, it is still unclear in which trim levels this engine is going to be offered. Expect to see 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel sometime late in the year.
2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel Engine
This will probably be the only distinctive feature of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel. The current gasoline model comes with a well-known 4.0-liter V6 which delivers plenty of power. The new version will be rather economical than potent. Latest reports suggest we should see a familiar 2.8-liter turbodiesel, which used for several models outside North America. With its 177 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, this unit successfully powers iconic legendary models like Hilux and Land Cruiser Prado.
There are also reports that this engine could get a slight boost for this occasion. Same reports suggest a max output of around 200 horsepower. The same version of the engine should find the place under the hood of the popular Tacoma mid-size truck. In any case, this engine will provide much better fuel economy, as well as higher max towing capacity. It will most likely come paired with a manual transmission.
2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel Design
As we already mentioned, this model shouldn’t feature too many differences in terms of base design characteristics. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel will come with a familiar exterior layout, which was introduced a decade ago. Of course, we saw a couple of updates and the major one was five years ago. For that occasion, this SUV came with a new front end. Biggest revisions were made on the front bumper, which was completely redesigned, with new shapes, air intakes, and fog lights. Also, headlights have been reshaped slightly. On the other side, the overall layout is pretty much the same as on the initial model that came in 2009. We don’t expect to see any distinctive detail on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel either. Despite it will feature an oil-burner, it will come with the same styling and mechanics.
2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel Interior
Once again, don’t expect any important difference compared to the gasoline version. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel will come with a familiar cabin layout, which is still strong in some aspects, despite the age. First of all, the cabin is very spacious. Standard models come with two rows of seats that are very generous in terms of the legroom. A third row is optional but doesn’t offer too much comfort. It is best to leave this row for children. When it comes to the dashboard design, this model clearly shows its age. It is rugged and pretty straightforward, without many attractive dashboard lines and shapes.
Also, most materials are hard plastics, though the overall quality is on a very high level and leaves an impression it could last for ages. Finally, there is a pretty generous cargo area. You can count on more than 47 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall volume goes up to 90 cubic feet. These are definitely above-average numbers for the class.
2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel Features
The current gasoline model comes in several trim levels in the offer, and the latest reports suggest a new diesel engine should be offered across the whole range. Therefore, base 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel should be equipped with tech features like 6.1-inch touch screen and satellite radio. Higher trims are equipped with a bigger touchscreen, as well as with goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, a moonroof, and a 15-speaker premium JBL audio system.
When it comes to safety features, 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel won’t be very generous. Base models will come with a rearview camera only, while in higher trims you can get front and rear parking sensors. Pretty modest for Toyota’s standards.
2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel Release Date and Price
The 2020 Toyota 4Runner Diesel should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of next year. The base price will go around 35,000 dollars.