Land Cruiser is finally going into the new generation, the Series 300. A lot of changes are happening on the legendary full-size luxury SUV. However, it made the Japanese company update other vehicles in its lineup. The 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid is a hot story, not only in the markets where the SUV is being in sales. The arrival of such a configuration might mean the Lexus GX is coming the same way. The vehicle is very popular in the US, while Land Cruiser Prado is not available in this area.
Changes on the standard SUV will inspire the redesign of the smaller Prado version. Even the big Land Cruiser is changing the engine lineup. However, it won’t get a hybrid unit. A twin-turbo V6 replaces a V8. We still don’t have info about the European and Japanese lineup. The 2023 Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid is a counterpart to the Lexus GX. This SUV is also old and requires attention. Besides the GX, Lexus is also updating LX, and the first details are already official.
2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid Specs and Mileage Improvements
The 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid will remain one of the most popular vehicles in Pacific Asia, and especially Australia. Switching to the new type of drivetrain is a big thing and the company is experimenting. We are sure that the investment will pay off.
According to our sources, the upcoming configuration is going to combine a 2.4-liter petrol engine with an electric battery. The total output should be around 250 hp (185 kW), but in some versions, the power can be maximized to 400 hp (295 kW). The focus is on efficiency, so the Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid will definitely draw more attention by offering better gas mileage. Those numbers are not announced yet, and we will see how the hybrid model is going to work in real-life conditions. For now, this unit is confirmed for the domestic, Japanese market. The rest of the world will get the hybrid version of Prado later in 2023.
Alongside the Land Cruiser, its smaller sibling, Prado, will get a new look. The smaller brother will go the same way. Experts are pretty sure that two vehicles are going to be inspired by the same design language and the 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid is about to become a smaller version of the LC 300. SUVs are quite old, with the styling dating back from the 2000s. Land Cruiser was ready for the redesign ten years ago. Facelifts and minor modifications didn’t refresh the SUV, especially the interior. Now, knowing Toyota, and the vehicle’s luxury nature, we can expect the state-of-art technology when the couple shows up somewhere in 2022.
2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid Release Date
Rumors are still unofficial and we are waiting for the official release date announcement for the 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid and Land Cruiser 300. Probably the hottest topic is if the full-size luxury SUV is still going to be available in the US. Nevertheless, we know that Prado is not designed for this part of the world. However, fans in Australia and other markets are also eager to see their favorite luxury SUV in dealerships. We estimate the first months of 2023 will host the initial sales of the upcoming vehicle.
Land Cruiser Prado vs Lexus GX460
The 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Hybrid for the US market is Lexus GX. The rise of the company’s premium brand is probably the main reason why someone talks about the Land Cruiser’s discontinuation in the US. The GX is a mid-size SUV, slotted between LX and RX. The GX carries a 4.6-liter V8 engine under the hood, but like for the Prado, we could hear rumors about a hybrid version for a quite long. The RX is already offering a hybrid unit. So, the next one, before the LX comes with electric support, is the Lexus GX hybrid.
Source: Cars Guide