Toyota's commercial vehicle range could share a platform derived from the LandCruiser 300 Series, with the HiLux and Tacoma tipped to share a TNGA platform with the Tundra and LC300 for future iterations, according to international reports.
The news comes from America's MotorTrend, who are referencing unnamed Toyota sources on the brand's shift to a new global platform that will underpin the new HiLux, Tacoma, and US-spec 4Runner, as well as the Fortuner, and possibly the next LandCruiser Prado.
The LC300 and the just-revealed Tundra both share the same underpinnings, and it's expected a version of the new TNGA-F platform will also appear underneath the brand's smaller commercial offerings.
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Toyota is yet to confirm the news, but it does tie nicely with expectations that the next HiLux will welcome a flagship GR model (the name has already been trademarked in Australia) which could be powered by the LC300's twin-turbo-diesel V6.
None of which would be bad news. Toyota says its new ladder-frame TNGA platform is more rigid, and more lightweight, than the architecture it replaces, and it appears no less capable either.
It also means the vehicles – all of which are now getting on (we're looking at you, Prado) – will also share engine options, cabin technology and safety equipment, though similar models, like the HiLux and Tacoma, should retain their own distinctive styling.
News surrounding the next Prado has already begun to surface, with reports from Japan pointing to the next model measuring in at 4825mm long, 1885mm wide and around 1850mm tall, with Toyota tipped to give the new Prado an early mark, unveiling the model in 2022 rather than 2023.