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Is this the electric Toyota Prado Australia has been waiting for? Toyota LandCruiser SE electric car concept breaks cover with seven seats, next-gen EV architecture, advanced battery tech and more

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Despite wearing one of the most hallowed badges in history, the LandCruiser Se is very different to the coming Prado 250.
Despite wearing one of the most hallowed badges in history, the LandCruiser Se is very different to the coming Prado 250.

Disappointed you won’t be able to buy a Prado 250 next year with a hybrid petrol engine? This might just make your day!

Toyota will pull the covers off a battery electric vehicle (EV) version of its all-new LandCruiser 250/Prado at the Tokyo Mobility Show in Japan this week, and it is not what we were expecting.

Longer and larger than the coming 2024 Toyota Prado, the LandCruiser Se also switches to a monocoque body, rather than the usual body-on-frame construction, revealing a depth of change never before experienced in – or expected from – a vehicle wearing the iconic badge.

Furthermore, when the production version arrives from 2026, it will usher in Toyota’s next generation of battery technology. Whether this means the vaunted solid-state battery packs that promise dramatically more range and shorter charge times is not yet known.

In fact, Toyota is not saying anything at this stage about the LandCruiser Se, except that it sits on a longer wheelbase than the 250/Prado, has three rows to seat up to seven people, and that its electric motor will provide a “high torque driving experience.”

Music to traditional Australian LandCruiser fans, then, despite the loss of internal combustion engine and separate chassis.

The renders supplied also reveal a very different design language for a Toyota 4x4 wagon, with sharp edges and boxy proportions contrasted with taut surfacing and horizontal LED lighting effects, for a very contemporary and urbane-looking vehicle.

To that end, while generous ground clearances and approach angles speak of strong off-road capabilities, there is no doubt that the LandCruiser Se would be aimed at well-heeled families seeking an adventurous SUV.

Total length and wheelbase of 5150mm and 3050mm respectively makes the Tokyo concept the longest Toyota SUV in history, easily surpassing even the North American-market Grand Highlander, that is a stretched version of the Kluger.

Factor in the expected flat floor and other packaging advantages that EVs provide, and this could also be the roomiest.

Stay tuned, as we’ll deliver more information about the LandCruiser Se at Wednesday’s Tokyo Mobility Show.

Byron Mathioudakis
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Byron started his motoring journalism career when he joined John Mellor in 1997 before becoming a freelance motoring writer two years later. He wrote for several motoring publications and was ABC Youth radio Triple J's "all things automotive" correspondent from 2001 to 2003. He rejoined John Mellor in early 2003 and has been with GoAutoMedia as a senior product and industry journalist ever since. With an eye for detail and a vast knowledge base of both new and used cars Byron lives and breathes motoring. His encyclopedic knowledge of cars was acquired from childhood by reading just about every issue of every car magazine ever to hit a newsstand in Australia. The child Byron was the consummate car spotter, devoured and collected anything written about cars that he could lay his hands on and by nine had driven more imaginary miles at the wheel of the family Ford Falcon in the driveway at home than many people drive in a lifetime. The teenage Byron filled in the agonising years leading up to getting his driver's license by reading the words of the leading motoring editors of the country and learning what they look for in a car and how to write it. In short, Byron loves cars and knows pretty much all there is to know about every vehicle released during his lifetime as well as most of the ones that were around before then.
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