• Is the Next Toyota 4Runner going to happen, Mahindra coming to the USA and Chevrolet Sonic’s future? [Ask Nathan]

    2015 Range Rover Evoque vs 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

      • Will they build the next Toyota 4Runner – or kill it?
      • Mahindra is coming to America?
      • Chevrolet Sonic’s future?

    The first question comes from a fan who wants to know if there will be a next Toyota 4Runner, or will it be killed off.

    The Toyota Fortuner (sold overseas) may hint at the next generation 4Runner.

    Q:Greetings Nathan and crew! I have a big question for you.

    Is it true that Toyota will stop building the 4Runner!? I am a huge 4Runner fan and between me and my brother, we own six! I was thinking about heading to Colorado and showing you guys my favorites. Anyway I head the rumor from more than one source that the sales are tanking and they are seriously considering cancelling it like they stupidly did with the FJ Cruiser.

    Thanks Nathan and GO STEELERS!


    2015 toyota 4runner trd pro white
    [Photo: TFLcar]
    A: Hi Wayne!

    Thanks for the email!

    I haven’t heard a single peep out of Toyota regarding the 4Runner. There have been no official statements one way or the other. Usually, something this big would be regurgitated throughout the internet.

    A few folks are saying things on boards, but there’s no validity to anything they speculate.

    Here’s what I do know. In 2017 thus far, Toyota is selling more 4Runners than they did during the same months in 2016. They are easily selling around 10,000 every month. That ain’t too shabby.

    Why kill something that’s selling so well? I think, at the very least, the Toyota 4Runner may be updated soon. It’s possible that they may change the running-gear to make it more efficient or perform better. It’s such a damn good performer, maybe they will update some internal goodies as well.

    The TFL team will be in California for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and we’ll have a chance to talk to the Toyota folks in person. Maybe we can glean more information about the 4Runner then.

    As for your Toyota 4Runner collection; we would love to see it! Send some information to info@tflcar.com. Please include your contact information and a few photos would be nice.

    Cheers & go Steelers!!


    This next question comes from a longtime fan who heard India automaker Mahindra is coming to the United States.

    Q:Did you hear about Mahindra coming to the States?

    I don’t mind, drove a Mahindra Loadking for a while and was chuffed by its ability.

    Via Twitter (Nathanadlen@Twitter.com)

    A: Thanks for the email/Tweet!

    That’s a good question. It looks like Mahindra will build a 400,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in Detroit. This will be one of the first “new” plants in the city for decades. While it’s a welcome concept, there are a ton of questions.

    About a decade back, Mahindra looked at bringing their mid-sized pickup truck to our market. It never happened. After that failure and the subsequent lawsuits from dealers who were going to sell Mahindra trucks, I thought they were finished with the USA.

    Apparently not.

    Mahindra has scheduled a press conference for Monday, November 20th (tomorrow) and we should have a better idea what product(s) they are planning on building. There is a rumor that Mahindra is considering building South Korea’s Ssangyong vehicles alongside its own in Detroit as well.

    It would be great if they brought a competitive small truck here. It might force other automakers to compete in a less expensive market. One can hope!


    The last question comes from a fan who thinks the Chevrolet Sonic will be replaced soon.

    Q:HI! I think you guys are the meowing cats!

    So I had a thought. With Chevy going gung-ho for electric cars, will they kill the Chevy Sonic? My sister loves hers and I like it too. Why kill a good car like this? I mean I know that Ford is killing their smallest car, wont Chevy follow suit?

    Electric cars are too expensive Nathan! It’s still easier to own a gasoline car right?

    Yours very truly



    A: Hi Luna!

    You’re right about Ford removing the Fiesta from our market, but I don’t think Chevrolet will be so quick to kill off the Sonic. Last year, GM sold around 60,000 units in North America (the USA and Canada). The Ford Fiesta sold a lot less.

    I truly like the Chevrolet Sonic and it represents a good bargain considering what you get for the money. Still, it will need a significant update soon. Perhaps GM will reset the G2XX platform and build something we’re not expecting.

    We’ll see.


    Nathan and The Fast Lane Car team are here to answer your (reasonable) questions. Interesting and/or entertaining emails will be posted to this column. If it’s relevant in the automotive universe, there’s a chance we may know something about it. The author’s email address and name will be omitted – leaving your initials or nickname, your preference.

    From day one, The Fast Lane Car has made it our policy to answer as many questions and comments as we can. We get thousands of emails and comments and feel that, as part of a tight-knit automotive community, having an open dialogue with you keeps things fresh and exciting.

    Got a question for Nathan? Drop him a line at: asknathan@tflcar.com.

    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    18 thoughts on “Is the Next Toyota 4Runner going to happen, Mahindra coming to the USA and Chevrolet Sonic’s future? [Ask Nathan]

    1. Hard to make the 4-Runner more indestructible than it is now without taking away the transmission and rear end and transaxle and putting in a generator and electric motors by the wheels.

      So let the gas engine (or better yet a Toyota diesel), provide the electricity for the electric motors.

      Try to break that kind of 4-Runner. And try to stop it too!

      1. Hi nathan I am truley a 4 runner fan as I am eagerly waiting for a good redesign as in the pic of the Toyota fortuner which is one of the best seeking suv in foreign countries ,please do find out more details and update us ..and Tfl make awesome videos

    2. “Electric cars are too expensive Nathan! It’s still easier to own a gasoline car right?”

      The above question from Luna was never answered??? To me an electric car is easier to own depending on each individual. There is a lot to consider. Resale, how many miles you do depends on how much you save by not buying gas, government incentives, safety, reliabilty, whether or not you have a dealer around to seevice it, do you have the range you need and is it possible to recharge and I am sure there is a ton more reasons like options available and the benefits one car brings an individual vs another individual.

      I need a truck and hopefully Workhorse, Bollinger or Tesla builds an electric truck because for me I am bored with the truck industry. My greatest want is to drive something that represents and supports the future and the cleaner emissions is a bonus. Money wont be a big factor for me and range will not be a factor.

        1. Of course he doesn’t. Which makes you a weirdo for even saying he may, when you think about it.

          You are just too dumb to get it.

            1. You absolutely did in word. So unless you expect us all to read your mind despite your words that you write, you are wrong twice on both comments. So maybe you ought to go back to school, because I can guarantee you by reading your line of logic, you are not only a pest, but you are an emotional thinker. So man up, because you think and write like a woman. Which is good (and I prefer for a woman) for a woman, but I bet you being a man might not want to think emotionally.

              And if you are bored with others’ comments about electric elements in autos, you are going to get much more bored every day for the next seven years, as all the auto companies electrify their entire lines of vehicles.

              Volkswagon just announced they put 40 billion to electrify all of their cars.

              Ford just announced they have put 4.5 billion onto their autos coming out in the next two and three years.

              And trust me, if I took you for a ride in a modern top race race car, which has electric motors driving the wheels, you would be much more excited with its ability to torque vector around a turn and go 0-60 in 1.5 seconds, rather than driving in a combustion only race car that can’t keep up in today’s racing.

        2. Jim the question was par course for the article. EV cars are the future and it has never been so aparent as now. Every year manufacturers are changing there tool and dies to support electric. It also sells articles like this as it gets all the attention now. Many people are onboarding with electric. Imagine hard acceleration without the fumes, thats another awsome advantage. Of course a lot of you are upset, you may not want to be wrong or you may have a love for petrol or hold stocks in the oil industry. Many of us with common sense know whats coming regardless and I am not bias, I just want change and change for the better from my belief on the subject. Battery waste can and will be contained if and when needed, you cannot contain emissions, it goes into your lungs and affects everyone else around you. From a green perspective that is huge. But the advantages of electric drive is going to open up a world of oppurtunity from a design perpective for designers and new and refreshing vehicles can therefore be built, like back in the old days when new ideas ran rampent and it was exciting to be in the auto industry. With an ICE engine the ideas have tanked, its all the same crap since the start of the 2nd millenium and many of us are bored of it.

          1. I agree with you about the future potential for ev’s. It’s just the axe grinding against oil is getting old. Both can co-exist to give us options.

            1. The new Tesla roadster does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and its basically a sedan. Has 4 seats and storage and thats the base model. A hyper version of the car is still coming after that release.

    3. I love my red hot 16 sonic 1.8 sedan I get 36 mpg after year of ownership it’s been a great decision a great car and everybody loves mine I only paid 21k yes I could have gotten a fiesta st at that price but I hate hatchbacks and if fiesta had a sedan st I may have gotten one but I still prefer the sonic great car worst buying experience.

    4. I like the GTI hatch and older svt focus hatch but I prefer trunks over hatches for security purposes and usability but to each their own jay h in okc hopefully things are ok on side god bless all.

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