Toyota is preparing to change generations of the second “junior” Land Cruiser in its line – the Prado SUV. Recently it became known that the release of new items was postponed from 2022 to 2023. Now other details about this project have become known.
According to new information, although the car will move to the new TNGA-F platform, it will retain the frame structure. The wheelbase should increase by 50 mm. At the same time, the body length will be reduced by 15 mm – up to 4825 mm, the width will add 30 mm – up to 1885 mm, and the height, on the contrary, will be lower than that of the current model by 60 mm, amounting to 1835 mm.
As part of Toyota’s promise to electrify every model in its lineup by 2025, a hybrid powertrain is planned for the SUV, which will be based on an updated 2.5-liter “four”. The Prado 2022 engine list should also include the same 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel with 204 hp. and 500 Nm, which is now equipped with a Toyota Hilux pickup. Whether the SUV will get the 3.5-liter V6 from the older Land Cruiser 300 remains to be seen.
The change of generations will imply improvements in terms of safety, and will not leave the new Prado without technological changes, which should enable it to compete successfully with other models in its segment in the future. At the very least, we should expect the appearance in the cabin of large touch screens with improved integration with smartphones, as well as modern driver assistants.
The premiere of the new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado should take place in late 2022 – early 2023, that is, about a year after the debut of the Land Cruiser 300.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 from the FineAuto team: