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Updated 2014 Toyota 4Runner to Debut Later This Month

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  • 2014 Toyota 4Runner to be revealed
  • Teaser images show new headlights, taillights
  • We'll know more on April 27

Toyota will debut an all-new 4Runner later this month. The automaker announced the updated 2014 4Runner will debut on April 27. Toyota is skipping the traditional auto show unveiling for the 4Runner, choosing instead to launch the SUV at this year's Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California.

While Toyota says the 2014 4Runner is redesigned for the new model year, the truck-based SUV is likely just face-lifted. That means drivers can expect new front and rear fascias, as well as a modified interior. The truck also may debut a new engine or transmission. This is confirmed in teaser photos from Toyota that show updated front and rear taillights but don't seem to reveal drastic changes.

It's also expected that the 4Runner will get only a modest update, as the current model isn't that old. Today's 4Runner -- the fifth generation -- debuted for the 2010 model year. Most automakers don't fully redesign cars until the fifth or sixth year of a design's life cycle.

In the teaser photos, we see that the new 4Runner will add more angular headlights than today's model. They also show the 4Runner adding clear taillights -- an increasingly popular design trend -- and LED lighting, which may be added to the SUV's front end, as well.

In terms of powertrain, the 4Runner likely won't change much. Only one engine is currently offered: a 4.0-liter V6. It makes 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. When the 4Runner launched in 2010, Toyota also offered a 4-cylinder that was canceled due to lack of demand.

The current 4Runner is the latest in a long line of truck-based SUVs that came out in the mid-1980s. A 2-door version was sold through the mid-1990s, while a V8 was available from 2003 to 2009. Today's 4Runner is one of the few SUVs still using a truck-like "body on frame" design. That's good for towing, hauling and off-roading, but it can sacrifice ride quality and fuel economy.

What it means to you: Check back later this week for more details on the 2014 Toyota 4Runner when it's revealed.

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Updated 2014 Toyota 4Runner to Debut Later This Month