The new Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series and Prado won’t be dramatically different in size to today’s cars, but both will have longer wheelbase according to new reports from Japan.
BestCarWeb reports the 300 Series, set to be revealed this year, will measure 4980mm and 1980mm wide with a 2900mm wheelbase.
In contrast, the current Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series is 4990mm long and 1980mm wide, and has a 50mm shorter wheelbase.
Minimum ground clearance is 225mm.
The 300 Series is expected to be released in Japan this May, though there’s still a possibility Coronavirus-related supply issues could push the launch date out further.
The next-generation Toyota LandCruiser Prado is expected to arrive two years later during our winter, despite previous reports indicating it was set for a 2022 launch.
It’s likely to be 4825mm long, 1885mm wide and 1835mm tall on a 2840mm wheelbase, with minimum ground clearance of 220mm.
The current car is also 4825mm long with the flat tailgate option and is an identical 1885mm wide, though it’s 50mm taller and has a 60mm shorter wheelbase.
The current Prado’s 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine will be carried over, according to the report, with a naturally-aspirated 2.7-litre petrol four continuing to be available in other markets.
The Prado will also continue to use a six-speed automatic transmission, as will the larger LandCruiser.
A turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder hybrid will reportedly arrive around 12 months after the initial launch.
Inside, the 300 Series will have a choice of a two-row, five-seat interior layout and a three-row, eight-seat layout.
Technology will be upgraded significantly, with a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the latest Toyota Safety Sense suite of active safety technology.
Prices are set to rise 500,000 yen in Japan, which equates to an A$6237 price bump. Orders have already closed for the 200 Series in Japan as the 300 Series waits in the wings.
Both the LandCruiser 300 Series and Prado will use a new TNGA-F body-on-frame architecture that’ll also feature in the next-generation Tundra pickup.
Recent reports have indicated the LandCruiser 300 Series’ new 3.3-litre turbo-diesel engine will have four cylinders, half the number of the turbo-diesel in the current car.
Both it and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
A 3.5-litre V6 turbocharged hybrid is expected to follow a couple of years later with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The current LandCruiser 200 Series is powered by a 4.5-litre twin-turbocharged diesel V8 engine producing 200kW of power and 650Nm of torque.
The most potent turbo-diesel four-cylinder currently in Toyota’s arsenal is the upgraded 2.8-litre that was fitted to the LandCruiser Prado last year. It produces 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque.