Japan’s New Prado SUV Is What the U.S. Gets in the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser
In case you had any doubts, the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is coming to America, debuting worldwide on August 1. Toyota is also prepping the Japanese version, dubbed “Prado 250 Series,” for this year. That’s after the automaker announced the SUV would be ready at the end of last year. The significance of the three-row Prado 250 Series is that it previews the new Land Cruiser the U.S. will get.
What kind of power will the new Land Cruiser have?
Japan’s Best Car reports that two engines will be available in the Japanese model: a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder and a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid. The latter will be the same as the one in the new Tacoma pickup. However, we doubt the diesel engine will make it into a U.S. Land Cruiser.
As for the hybrid, it will feature 243 kW hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Supplementing this package is a 36-kW motor fed by a 1.87-kWh battery. There’s also speculation that a 2.7-liter engine might find its way into the Prado. If so, it would be the base power plant because the gas engine has no hybrid system or turbocharging.
Is the new Land Cruiser a large or midsize SUV?
The upcoming Prado-derived Lexus GX will pack the hybrid four-cylinder or a twin-turbo V6. Whether the V6 will make its way into the U.S. Land Cruiser or stay exclusive to the GX is unknown. We know the new Prado gets a GR Sport version that Toyota sprinkles over several models overseas and is available in the Corolla stateside.
Because the new Prado is larger than the current version, Toyota will probably market it as a full-size SUV. However, its dimensions suggest it’s a midsize SUV. The overall length is almost 193 inches, and the wheelbase measures 122 inches. Those are the same dimensions as the Chevy Blazer and similar to the Ford Explorer.
When will deliveries happen in Japan?
The new Prado is expected to debut on August 2, with deliveries slated for early 2024, barring no further delays. It was supposed to arrive last year, but other vehicle development and the current Prado’s sales prompted Toyota to push back the new model’s release.
As we inch closer to the unveilings, we’ll have more images and details about the new Prado and Land Cruiser. Until then, we have Toyota’s teaser to whet your appetite.