This is the all-new 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado and it has been confirmed to go on sale in Australia during the middle of next year. It showcases a fresh exterior design built on a new (for Prado) platform, while packing new technologies and an updated engine.
For Australia, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine will continue on. It won’t get the 3.4-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol like the platform-sharing Lexus GX, and it won’t get the 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6 from the 300 Series as suspected.
The local arm has confirmed the 2.8 engine will feature mild-hybrid technology like the upcoming 2024 HiLux update, with power remaining at 150kW and torque sticking to 500Nm. It’ll come connected to an eight-speed automatic.
With the mild-hybrid system, fuel economy is set to be improved over the current Prado. However, the new model is 95mm longer and wider, and 10mm taller. The wheelbase also spans 60mm further, matching the 300 Series. In other words, it is likely to be heavier which means the official consumption figures might not change much from the current 7.9L/100km rating.
The 2024 Prado shifts to the TNGA-F platform as featured under the 300 Series, promising a 30 per cent increase in overall rigidity. Off-road performance is enhanced thanks to a new stabiliser bar control system for the front axle to help free up wheel travel, while steering is now provided by an electronic power assisted setup.
As for the design, it borrows much of the edgy and boxy proportions from the new Lexus GX (also confirmed for Australia). It looks a lot more rugged and chunky, with sophisticated lighting details and a completely new-look front grille.
The interior is also more rugged in appearance, with square and rectangular themes. There’s also a large wide-screen media system incorporated into a seamless binnacle that connects with the instrument cluster.
More specific details and trim line options for Australia will be announced closer to its launch, which is scheduled for “mid-2024” as mentioned. It’ll join the 2024 LandCruiser 70 Series which arrives late in 2023. Toyota Australia’s vice president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, said:
“The all-new Prado takes everything that customers love about the Prado to a new level, with even greater performance, capability and technology, as well as bold new styling inside and out.”