The upcoming Toyota LandCruiser Prado, due late next year, may receive turbo gasoline-electric hybrid power to lead a US market launch, according to a new report.
New evidence has pointed to the Next-generation Toyota LandCruiser Prado it will adopt turbo-gasoline hybrid power when it hits dealerships in 2023 or 2024.
US websitereports the the badge will return to the US showrooms for the 2024 model year (MY24) after it disappeared with the end of the larger Toyota LandCruiser 200 series in that market last year.
The latest report claims that the Toyota LandCruiser name will return to the US, but with what is believed to be the Prado model instead of the full-size Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series.
Furthermore, the report adds, the next generationIt is expected to have the option of a new turbo gasoline-electric hybrid system.
The US motoring website claims the hybrid system could combine a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motors, as seen in the Lexus RX500h family SUV, with output of approximately 261kW (350 horsepower) and a 10-speed automatic transmission. .
The new model is reportedly expected to hit US showrooms as a 2024 model year vehicle, suggesting it will hit the showroom between mid-2023 and mid-2024.
The US news lines up with Japanese media reports of a 2.4-liter turbo-gasoline hybrid powerhouse, and a mid-to-late 2023 launch, for the next-generation Toyota Prado in our region.
The upcoming model is expected to be supported by a smaller version of the Toyota LandCruiser 300 series frame as the Japanese auto giant aims to streamline its heavy-duty body-on-frame models that include the Toyota LandCruiser 300 series, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Prado, Toyota HiLux and Toyota Fortuner.
Although these vehicles differ from one another in size and capability, the new generation platform is reportedly designed to scale each model accordingly.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear for now whether the planned Toyota LandCruiser revival in the US will be a carbon copy of the next-generation Toyota Prado bound for Australia and Japan, or if it will be reworked for the US market. With new sheet metal, among other style changes.
The fast lane car The website reports that the upcoming model “may be exclusive to the United States,” but this is believed to refer to it not being the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, but rather a North American-specific model.
The current Toyota LandCruiser Prado is not sold in the US; but its V8-powered luxury twin, the Lexus GX, has been on sale in North America for two generations.
It would be unprecedented for Toyota to market the Prado simply as the ‘LandCruiser’ in the US: the auto giant already does so in Europe, where full-size 200 and 300 series models are not sold.
Citing an inside source, the US motoring website claims that Toyota is targeting 30,000 annual sales of the new LandCruiser for the US market, more than the reported 3,700 examples of LandCruiser 200 Series vehicles. as sold there last year.
However, it’s unclear how the US market’s Prado would differ from the North American 4Runner, which is related under the skin to the similarly sized Prado and saw 144,000 examples sold in the US last year. .
Reports from Japan don’t line up on what other engine options will be available alongside the 2.4-liter turbo-petrol hybrid system.
Options featured by various Japanese magazines over the past 18 months include 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter turbodiesel hybrids, a version of the 3.3-liter turbodiesel V6 from the LandCruiser 300 series, and a non-turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder from 2.7 liters. -cylinder.
However, there is widespread speculation abroad that the new Prado will be underpinned by Toyota’s new global chassis for body-on-frame vehicles, TNGA-F, shared with the LandCruiser 300 series, US-market Tundra and more. but with dimensions similar to the current model.
The next-generation 2024 Toyota Prado will be in Japanese showrooms in mid-to-late 2023, according to overseas reports.