The all-new North American Toyota Land Cruiser has finally been unveiled so what does it tell us about the new-generation Prado?
We know that the next Prado for Australia is very likely to be an iteration of this US-spec Land Cruiser, though some small differences are expected.
This new ‘Land Cruiser’ is not to be confused with the Land Cruiser 300 Series we have right here in Australia – the new Land Cruiser will be smaller in dimensions and is not likely to feature the V6 turbo-petrol engine found in the closely related Lexus GX if previous reports are to be believed.
The US-spec Land Cruiser features two different front ends, with one featuring more retro-inspired aesthetics. It’s uncertain just yet which look Australia could receive.
We’re created a full spec-for-spec comparison with the new model and the 300 Series, current Prado in a separate article.
The Australian-specified Prado is set to be announced shortly, before it likely goes on sale on local shores during 2024.
When compared to the current generation of the Australian-delivered Toyota Prado, the new Land Cruiser is 94mm longer in length, and 21mm shorter in height but 253mm wider – although its unsure whether the measurements given are with or without side mirrors.
Both vehicles have identical 220mm ground clearance, however the new Land Cruiser has a 59mm longer wheelbase.
The new Land Cruiser has an approach angle of 30 degrees and a departure angle of 22 degrees, with a breakover angle of 25 degrees.
Meanwhile, the existing Land Cruiser Prado in Australia has an approach angle 30.4 degrees and a departure angle of 23.5 degrees, with a breakover angle of 21.1 degrees.
While the US-spec Land Cruiser will be exclusively powered by a 243kW/630Nm 2.4-litre I-Force Max hybrid engine, this may not be the case for Australia.
It’s likely that Australian-delivered Prados will also use an updated version of the current 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine found in the current Prado and Hilux ute, and could even feature mild-hybrid assistance (as has been confirmed for the diesel-powered current-generation Hilux).
As seen with the change over to the 200 to 300 Series Land Cruiser, the grade lineup is likely to remain familiar, with the usual GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu models likely to be joined by newer grades, with the most likely option being a retro-styled GR Sport.
Chasing Cars predicts that the rumoured retro styling of the US-market Land Cruiser could come to Australia, but not on every variant.
The Australian-spec Prado has not yet been confirmed, however we can look at what the standard features are on the US-spec Land Cruiser which could also be available on Australian-delivered Prados:
High spec Prados could come with the following features:
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