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Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series to offer four-cylinder diesel engine – report

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series could see its turbo-diesel V8 replaced by a turbo-diesel four, with the Prado also set to pick up a hybrid option.

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Toyota’s largest, most luxurious SUV will launch next year with new turbo-diesel and turbo-petrol engines, with a hybrid V6 to follow.

But BestCarWeb reports the new turbo-diesel for the LandCruiser 300 Series, said to have a displacement of 3.3 litres, will be a four-cylinder and not a six-cylinder as previous reports have indicated.

Both it and the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 3.5-litre V6 turbocharged hybrid will follow a couple of years later with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Previous reports from Japan also suggested the range could be topped with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8-powered GR flagship, though BestCarWeb reports the GR-badged 300 Series will be a GR Sport.

Instead of a more powerful engine, the sporty model will follow the example of other GR Sport-badged models and offer a revised suspension tune and styling tweaks.

A larger, 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system will reportedly be available in the 300 Series. The 200 Series offers a choice of 6.1-inch and 9.0-inch screens, depending on variant.

The current LandCruiser 200 Series has been on sale since 2007, and 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 fitted to the HiLux, Fortuner and LandCruiser Prado this year. It produces 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque.

The smaller Prado will also get a new powertrain, according to another report, and move to the new TNGA-F architecture of the 300 Series as well as the next-generation Tundra pickup and Sequoia SUV, among others.

The new model will reportedly launch in 2022, during Japan’s winter. The following year, the Prado range will be bolstered with the introduction of a 2.4-litre turbocharged petrol hybrid powertrain.

It’ll continue to employ a ladder-frame construction and a four-link, coil-sprung live rear axle, while the recently updated 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder will also carry over largely unchanged at launch.

The exterior design of the next Prado will be an evolution of the current model, much as the current model was of its predecessor.

It’s only slightly younger than the LandCruiser 200 Series, having launched in 2009.

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William Stopford
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William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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