Next-gen Toyota Prado to come with a hybrid electric powertrain [Update]

Update: A new report from creative311.com says that there were rumors that the all-new Toyota Prado could debut this year, much before the originally reported November 2022 schedule. However, a credible dealer source told the website that there is no such intimation from the company and that it is not on the list of new models this calendar year.

Despite global emission norms tightening with every passing year and the heightening emphasis on BEVs, some gas-guzzling off-roaders are hanging on. Such is the case of at least Toyota’s go-anywhere SUVs Toyota Prado and Toyota Land Cruiser. According to a report from Japanese auto magazine bestcarweb.jp, the company plans to also renew the smaller of the iconic 4×4 SUVs for another generation.

The current, fourth-gen Toyota Land Cruiser Prado was introduced in September 2009. It has received two facelifts so far, and would remain on sale for two more years. The all-new, fifth-gen Toyota Prado would debut in November next year, as per Creative311.

The Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Prado would retain their heritage of die-hard body-on-frame SUVs. However, they would move to Toyota’s TNGA modular platform, which underpins most of the latest Toyota models in the marketplace. Toyota is engineering a new version of the TNGA called TNGA-F for its upcoming large SUVs.

The next-gen Toyota Prado would have “a clean exterior design”, says BestCarWeb. Chances for a 3-door version look slim, while the 5-door version is expected to measure 4,825 mm in length, 1,885 mm in width and 1,830 mm height and have a 2,790 mm wheelbase. For reference, the current model (5-door version) has all the same dimensions except for the height (1,835 mm/1,850 mm).

Like the dimensions, seating options would be the same as today’s model – 5- and 7-seat. The all-new Toyota Prado would be available with a new parallel-hybrid powertrain comprising a 2.7-litre gasoline engine and electric motor(s) it is reported. Customers would also get to opt for an improved version of the 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre diesel engine, which produces 150 kW (204 PS/201 hp) and 500 Nm in the current model. As for the bigger Land Cruiser, a 3.5L V6 is the candidate reported to receive electrification.

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser rendering
A next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser is also in the pipeline, but it’s reportedly not planned for the U.S. market.

Toyota doesn’t sell the Prado in the U.S., and it is highly unlikely to change its mind in the next generation. What the renewal of the Prado could mean for Americans is the possibility of the Lexus GX remaining in showrooms for another generation before facing the axe or going all-electric at the turn of the next decade.