Subsequent Toyota Prado may get Tundra hybrid energy – report

The total-sized Tundra and Sequoia’s new hybrid V6 may energy the following Toyota LandCruiser Prado.

That’s in response to Japanese outlet BestCarWeb, which experiences the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol-hybrid powertrain will energy the smaller (however nonetheless giant) SUV, reportedly set to launch in Japan this December.

This powertrain, marketed within the US because the i-Drive Max, encompasses a 10-speed computerized with a motor generator, a Energy Management Unit, and a sealed nickel-metal hydride battery charged with brake-energy recuperation.

Within the Tundra, it produces 326kW of energy and 790Nm of torque.

This powertrain has additionally been rumoured to be slotting in beneath the bonnet of the LandCruiser 300 Sequence.

The outlet suggests this would be the solely hybrid powertrain within the subsequent Prado, and never the diesel hybrid it reported late final yr.

This diesel hybrid powertrain was reported to make use of a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine mated with a lithium-ion battery and two electrical motors.

The Japanese outlet additionally seems to have dominated out an earlier report that the Prado would use Toyota’s new turbocharged 2.4-litre hybrid four-cylinder powertrain, as seen in fashions just like the Crown, which produces 197kW and 450Nm.

Whereas these experiences haven’t famous the way forward for the usual 2.8-litre turbo-diesel, we might count on a standard diesel to proceed for markets like Australia – certainly, earlier experiences have recommended a model of the 300 Sequence’ 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6 could possibly be provided.

A naturally aspirated petrol engine may additionally proceed in markets like Japan, although Toyota Australia dropped the atmo Prado a couple of years in the past as a result of a lot stronger recognition of the diesel.

The corporate confirmed in 2021 that hybrid variations of the LandCruiser, Prado, HiLux and HiAce can be due earlier than 2030, and native engineers can be taking part in a component in improvement.

The following Prado is predicted to maneuver to the brand new TNGA-F structure that underpins the LandCruiser 300 Sequence, Tundra and Sequoia, promising better physique rigidity, security and dynamics.

It’ll reportedly change little by way of dimensions, with a size of 4825mm, width of 1885mm and a top of 1850mm on a 2790mm wheelbase – equivalent to the present automotive, albeit 40mm decrease.

The recognition of the LandCruiser 300 Sequence and Toyota’s provide struggles have reportedly pushed the Prado’s launch additional into the longer term, because it was stated to be deliberate for a launch a yr after its bigger sibling in 2022.

The present Prado has remained fashionable each right here and overseas regardless of its age, and will retain its title of Australia’s favorite giant SUV this yr – offered Toyota can shore up provide, and the Isuzu MU-X doesn’t proceed its two-month streak because the section’s finest vendor.

No matter when the following Prado launches, Toyota may have been overwhelmed to market with a hybrid body-on-frame SUV as GWM readies its Tank 300 for Australia.

The extra Prado-sized Tank 500 can also be anticipated to observe, and will supply each hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices.

Ford’s new Ranger-based Everest additionally rides a platform that helps electrification, with each Blue Oval fashions anticipated to finally achieve a plug-in hybrid.

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