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Tougher looking than the LC300? This 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado GR Sport would reset the off-road SUV bar

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How good does this Prado look? (Image: TopGear Phillipines)
How good does this Prado look? (Image: TopGear Phillipines)

With the Lexus GX just revealed, we've now received what could be our best look yet at what the next-generation Toyota LandCruiser Prado will likely look like, and this render of an epic GR Sport version has got us very excited indeed.

Just a render for now, produced by TopGear Phillipines, this GR Sport-trimmed Prado is based heavily on the angles and dimensions we've already seen from Lexus, suggesting it's as accurate as it's currently possible to be.

We will know for sure soon enough, with the new Prado now heavily tipped to launch in 2024, with an unveiling likely before the end of this year.

We also know from the Lexus that a hybrid-petrol powertrain is all but a certainty for the 300 Series' little brother.

The Lexus GX, for example, will be offered Stateside with a 2.4-litre hybrid-assisted turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as well as with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6. One or both of which are expected to make it to the Prado.

The brand hasn't confirmed outputs or capabilities yet, but we already know the hybrid powertrain configuration, because it also appears in the Toyota Tacoma. In that truck, the 2.4-litre hybrid delivers 243kW and 630Nm.

The V6, on the other hand, is good 260kW and 650Nm, and will be the first engine available in international markets, with the hybrid to follow.

Diesel is still on the cards for the Prado in Australia, though it's unclear at this point whether it will be a version of the model's current engine, a detuned version of the LC300's diesel donk, or something else entirely.

A technology overhaul in the cabin, improved performance on and off the road, and more power sounds like a winning combo.

But the big news in these digital recreations is the appearance, with the Lexus GX acting as the perfect design inspiration, especially in this GR Sport configuration.

In fact, if it looks like this, the new Toyota LandCruiser Prado will no doubt temp some buyers out of the LC300 queue.

For now, though, watch this space.

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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