What We Know About the 2023 Toyota 4Runner (And What It Could Look Like)

Isabel Armiento
· 4 min read
After a tough year of shortages, automaker Toyota will be back with a new 4Runner in 2023
Automotive engineer David Koichi Chao released his rendering of the 2023 Toyota 4Runner, giving us a glimpse into what this new model might look like.
Chao has proven himself an expert when it comes to the
Toyota 4Runner
, and has created several surprisingly accurate renderings of the popular Japanese SUV in the past. 
Need more proof of his prowess? Last year, Chao made a predictive rendering of the 2022
Toyota Tundra
that ended up being uncannily similar to the real thing. 
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What does Chao’s rendering of the 2023 Toyota 4Runner look like?

Chao created two renderings of the forthcoming vehicle. One depicts a vehicle similar to
Toyota’s Land Cruiser
300 series, sporting rear taillights and smoothed-out windows.
The other rendering depicts a vehicle more like the
Fortuner, a replacement for the Toyota 4Runner that was sold in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
In a
video with Automotive Press
, Chao reported that he’s interested in fan opinions about his two renderings.
“I made some changes to the rendering of the 4Runner,” Chao said. “I have asked you guys to let me know which of these two you like: The 4Runner that looks more like the Land Cruiser 300 series or the 4Runner that looks more like the upcoming next-generation 2022 Tundra.” 
Chao adds that he hopes to be one of the first owners of the 2023 4Runner, though he’s unsure of whether to choose the TRD or Limited model.
“I am so excited about the new generation 4Runner that I have already placed a deposit on the 2023 4Runner, which is going to be out in about a year to a year and three months or so,” said Chao in the video. “I believe I am the first person to put a deposit on the new 4Runner in the world.”

How will the 2023 Toyota 4Runner be different from previous models? 

Rumor has it that the 2023 4Runner will have an updated engine and exterior design. 
According to
Tamauto Rumors
, the changes are intended “to create a modern appeal while maintaining a tough and sturdy appearance,” as well as to enhance the car’s flexible performance on- and off-road
Some rumored interior changes to the car include an updated infotainment system and improved driver assistance features. 
In terms of the exterior, the model is predicted to have rear-wheel drive, 17-inch wheels, a black exterior badge, and new LED standard headlights. The Limited 2023 4Runner may come with four-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive.

When will the 2023 4Runner be available?

The 2023 4Runner is set to be released this year, likely in late 2022. “A lot more information to come on this model as I continue to dig and research and investigate what is happening with this model,” said Chao in his video with Automotive Press. 
“It is still going to be built in Japan,” he said, adding, “It is going to be converted, likely to a 4-cylinder turbocharged, which I know many of you guys won’t like.” 
Information on pricing, an official release date, and specs on the car itself all remain unavailable.
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