As the countdown to its official unveiling continues, Toyota's ongoing teasers have fed a new set of renders that give us our most accurate look yet at the long-awaited off-road SUV.
But first, a brief recap: Toyota set the internet alight on Wednesday evening when it pushed out a new series of teasers across its social channels, confirming the new LandCruiser Prado would be revealed on August 2, and giving us some zoomed-in angles of the blocky new model.
Those teasers made their way to Kolesa.ru, where they have been transformed into the image you see above.
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Much like the Lexus GX, we expect the new Prado – called the LandCruiser or LandCruiser 250 in some markets – to adopt a blocky and angular body styling, dialling up the tough factor for this all-new model.
That includes a squared-off grille and letterbox-style front lighting, a bonnet that swells upwards at the edges, and a blacked-out GR Sport-style grille treatment.
The long-awaited replacement for the ageing Prado now looks set to launch in late 2023, and the latest reports from Japan point to the 'junior' LandCruiser adopting hybrid technology that will increase performance and reduce fuel use.
Those reports point to the new model receiving up to three engine options, two of those borrowed from the Lexus GX – a 2.4-litre hybrid-assisted turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as well as with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6.
Petrol is a non-negotiable in the USA – an important market for this vehicle – and so Toyota's 'Hybrid Max' powertrain, which debuted Stateside in the new Tacoma pickup truck, is expected to appear.
It pairs a 2.4-litre four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine with an electric motor on the rear 'eAxle' for a combined 243kW and 630Nm.
Not enough grunt? Option two is the twin-turbo V6 from the Lexus GX, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic and designed to deliver "performance that furthers the Lexus Driving Signature".
In Australia, a diesel power plant remains a near-certainty, too. Most likely, then, is a continuation of the current Prado's 2.8-litre turbo-diesel, though likely fitted with the same 48-volt hybrid technology that will soon appear on select HiLux models.
Either way, electrification is coming – something which Toyota has already heavily hinted at.
"It makes sense that the LandCruiser, the Prado, the HiLux and other commercial vehicles are going to have to adopt some sort of electrification as we get closer to 2030," Toyota Australia's VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, has told us previously.
All will be revealed soon enough as the Prado countdown continues.