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2022 Toyota LandCruiser Prado to look like a baby LC300! Is this our best look yet at the new Prado?

The Toyota LandCruiser Prado is taken shape in new renders. (image credit Instagram)

The new Toyota LandCruiser Prado has taken shape in new renders, with the long-awaited seven-seat SUV looking like a baby LandCruiser 300 Series.

While an unofficial render, it does look like a realistic approximation, with the Prado taking on cues from the LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport to look like a slightly smaller member of the same off-road family.

The image, put together by the land__cruiser__prado fans on their Instagram page, looks a little like a cross between the regular version and a GR Sport model, as it borrows the latter's black mesh grille, split by a chrome bar that meets the new headlight and DRL clusters.

Reports also point to the new Prado measuring in at 4825mm long, 1885mm wide and around 1850mm tall, and the rear render show's plenty of rear overhand to accomodate the third row of seats.

We should find out how accurate these images are soon enough, with Toyota tipped to give the new Prado an early mark, unveiling the model in 2022 rather than 2023.

The model is expected to launch with a new version of its 2.8-litre turbo-diesel, with the new twin-turbo engine to be billed as a "clean diesel" that ups the grunt while reducing fuel use and emissions.

A petrol version will also be offered, at least internationally, but the big news is rumours a detuned version of the LC300's 3.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel power plant finding a home in the new model, producing reduced power and torque, but still considerably trumping the current model's outputs of 150kW and 500Nm.

The big question is just what it will be riding on. While some reports point to the new Prado adopting the LC300 TNGA ladder-frame platform, the web sleuths at Japan's Creative311 claim the new model will persevere with its current decade-old architecture.

Time will tell, and that time is coming soon. So watch this space.