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Prado goes electric: New 2023 Toyota LandCruiser Prado to feature 294kW hybrid powertrain - reports

Prado going hybrid? (Image credit: Spyder7)

The new Toyota LandCruiser Prado will introduce a new petrol-hybrid powertrain, according to new reports out of Japan, with the brand's mini-LC300 to follow the brand's well-word electrification pathway.

The reports, which surfaced in Japanese scoop site Spyder7, suggest the all-new Prado will launch – in Japan, at least – with a new 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder motor that will pair with an electric motor for added grunt and improved efficiency.

According the site, the new engine will deliver 184kW on its own. But when paired with a new 110kW electric motor, combined outputs could increase to 294kW.

The site also says the new Prado will adopt the brands TNGA platform, and will feature improved off-road capability, too.

When those new powertrains will appear is yet to be made clear. Earlier reports from Japan suggested the large SUV would be offered with 2.8-litre twin-turbo diesel and 2.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines initially, while diesel- and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains would follow around 2024.

Other reports have also pointed to 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.

All will be revealed soon enough, with a new LandCruiser Prado expected to be revealed next year.