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Forget the 2024 Land Cruiser 70 Series, this is the tough-as-nails Toyota ute we really want!

This Prado-based ute looks the absolute business in new renders (Image: @Theottle)

Toyota has been on a LandCruiser rampage of late, unveiling the new Prado (or 250 Series in some markets), as well as a "heavily updated" 70 Series that will finally see the order books reopen for the brand's iconic workhorse.

But already we're pining for a new model, with new renders of a Prado-based ute doing the rounds and making us want to campaign Toyota to make it so, ASAP.

And with an all-new HiLux just around the corner, you'd hear few complaints if this was the design direction the Japanese giant went in.

These images are digitally created, but they do paint a pretty alluring picture of life for the Prado beyond the boxy four-door SUV that will be launching soon.

This month we met the new Prado for the first time, and learned Toyota will launch the long-awaited model (which is called the LandCruiser 250 in other markets) with several powertrain options around the world, of which Australia will receive only one at launch.

Our cars will continue to be powered by the existing 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine also shared by the HiLux, only now with the addition of a 48-volt mild hybrid system that the brand says will "help improve fuel consumption in urban settings".

Outputs, then, are still 150kW and 500Nm, with power sent to all four wheels via a new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic.

The most powerful engine option, though, lives in the USA, where the LandCruiser 250 will be fitted with a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol hybrid powertrain that produces an impressive 243kW and 630Nm.

At 4920mm long, 1988mm wide and 1860mm tall, the new Prado is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces, and it rides on a 2850mm wheelbase, which is 60mm longer.. It will be home to five or seven seats.

The digitally created render paints a pretty alluring picture of a Prado based ute. (Image: Theottle)

Toyota is promising the vehicle will be more capable off road, too, with better wheel articulation, a new stabiliser bar disconnect function, better terrain roads and a terrain monitor.

"Australian customers appreciate the vast capability of the LandCruiser Prado, from use as a family vehicle, to off-roading, towing and long-distance touring, which is evidenced by its huge popularity," says Toyota Australia's VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley.

The new LandCruiser Prado will launch in Australia with 2024, with more details to come. This ute, however, remains to be seen.

In the meantime, the order books for an updated four-cylinder 70 Series will open soon (but not for the V8), with the new LandCruiser offering a new look, and more tech inside. 

The significantly upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series maintains its rugged appearance with a redesigned front end that references the design of the iconic LandCruiser 40 Series with a new open-mesh black grille.

Inside, there's a new 4.2-inch driver display, as well as a bigger 6.7-inch central screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The safety kit also includes lane departure alert, road sign assist and automatic high beams.

Andrew Chesterton
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