Given Toyota’s recently rolled out a new Rav4 and Highlander in recent months, it’s not too hard to forget about the burly 4Runner – but the automaker announced it will reveal what appears to be a facelifted 2014 4Runner model next weekend at the Stagecoach Music Festival near Palm Springs, California.
The two official teaser photos show but a headlamp and taillight from the new 2014 4Runner, but we’re expecting a new twist on the existing SUV, which is now close to four years old. The blocky, rectangular headlamps and front bumper facsia appear to be things of the past – we can clearly see a thinner, tapered projector headlamp assembly that, depending on how you squint, looks a bit Audi-ish or like those on the Scion FR-S. A prominent (but likely false) air inlet runs vertically beneath the lamp assembly, and echoes the outline of what appears to be a blistered grille surround. New taillamp assemblies are the same shape and size as those on the outgoing 4Runner, but appear to use clear lenses, LED illumination, and a dark graphite surround.
For now, the rest of the sheet metal is up to your imagination, but we don’t expect the majority of the truck’s form to drastically change from today’s 4Runner. The same can be said for the 2014 4Runner’s mechanicals. The current 4Runner makes use of a 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 and a five-speed automatic, and is offered in both rear- and part-time four-wheel drive forms. Neither pricing nor availability for the new car have been announced, but expect those details – along with a look at the 2014 4Runner’s exterior in its entirety – to emerge shortly.
Toyota claims it’ll make some personal history on the 27th: this is the first time the company has launched a new product at a music festival. The festival in question is the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California, a three-day country-music event. Toyota says it’ll reveal the SUV on stage with SiriusXM personality Buzz Brainard and country star Dierks Bentley.