Current 4Runner was launched in November 2009, whereas they launched this in October 2002 and this one below, in January 1996 as a 1996 model. Combined, it's not there yet at exactly 11 1/2 years. as those ran 13 years and 10 months combined. Current gen will run exactly 13 years.This thing has been out for as long as the previous two generations combined.
It has been discussed ad nauseam and verified well over a year ago, it is coming for MY 2023. There's no reason to throw that around, when the launch time frame is a defined entity, unlike maybe 5 years ago.This is how Toyota updates their vehicles...let’s use a hood from a different model, maybe color match the plastic...at this rate new 4Runner will be out in 2032 and it may still come with 5 speed auto and same engine.
This is not accurate, with the 3rd in bold being glaringly so. Factoring in sales performance, month to month, I recall that the current generation went on sale on November 23, 2009, followed by the major mid-cycle changes in September 2013. Pedantic, but important to get right, as the month by month and quarter by quarter changes mattered a hell of a lot.They sold around 130K 4Runners in the US last year, of a model first released in 2010 and refreshed in 2014. Not bad, and they're on track to sell about the same in 2021. Anyhow, the 6th gen is around the corner. Fwiw, it won't be build in Japan, and will be available as a hybrid.
The sales jump starting 6 months later in March 2014 made a HUGE difference over a nearly 2 year period ending in December 2015, which guaranteed the future of the nameplate. As of December 31, 2014, Toyota had no plans to ever redesign the 4Runner, while finishing a 2016 Tacoma for launch in just 8 months. Everyone expected a new 4Runner for 2017, but nope it wasn't in the cards.
Both 4Runner and Lexus GX were going to die by 2017, that those updates for 2014 were developed as a farewell during the awful sales years of 2010-12 Toyota has often (allegedly) been gunning to replace the 4Runner with the Highlander, since about 1997.
That decision has been reversed 3 times internally, upon making a case for the nameplate's future in 1998, 2006, and 2015. Global Prado seems to be the golden child, in never being at risk of cancellation and updated frequently. Per Akio's desires, Sequoia was due for cancellation as well (until US dealers begged in 2015 to not do it).
In a shocking turn of events, buyers oddly responded to the facelifted 2014 very well, in spite of so many critics on the web (especially VWVortex) calling the changes "garish" and "predator face" upon reveal in April 2013. That sales renaissance prompted an internal rethink, while trying to brainstorm TNGA-F for the bigger utilities during the mid-2010s.
Development of a new 4Runner began by January 2017 for MY 2022, shifting to MY 2023 about 2 years ago due to some delays with TNGA-F.This is the last MY, until further notice (see chip shortage). Design of the next 4Runner was completed at the beginning of 2020 and will be available for the 2023 MY. Prototypes have been built already, but are kept privately at this time. You'll see them in camo in a few months (if not kept hidden longer into early next year).
It will not be built in North America for the time being, as there is no capacity at TMMTX San Antonio and TMMGT Guanajuato will cover Tacoma production only, as it hasn't been tooled for any additional production. Nor has Baja's TMMBC plant.