The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a smaller sibling to the more popular vehicle with a similar name. Both LC models are heading into the new generations and we expect the launch at the approximately same time. The Prado is not going to come out this season. However, we have some details and more about the SUV will be unveiled as the release approaches.
At this moment, Toyota is still not making big announcements. Well, last season was promising, until the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed it. Now, no company is going to rush into public with big news. Instead, when the moment is right, they will launch their products. So it is with the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. The mid-size SUV is very popular in Pacific Asia. In the US, it is available as the Lexus GX. So, the Prado can unveil what will happen to this model as well.
According to various sources, Toyota plans a redesign. The new model is in the development rooms and it brings a new look. Besides that, engineers are going to build a hybrid drivetrain. LC Prado will need quite a lot of power. The hybrid configuration will add energy and improve fuel economy. The mid-size SUV is coming out at the same time as the new Land Cruiser 300 Series. Reports are saying Toyota is going to withdraw its legendary model from the US market.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Redesign
Land Cruisers are quite old. The styling is aging, although the appearance is still eye-catching. It seems like the interior is the major problem. There were few updates during all these years, but the overall platform and layout are the same. Plus, the infotainment updates are more frequent than ever. Every season and a new model are bringing something revolutionary. The Japanese company is following trends and its vehicles are up to date with latest smart services, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is going to be a premium SUV. That means a higher price, but the extra investment is going to add luxury features and options. The vehicle is a seven-seater and higher trim levels are available with captain’s chairs in the middle row. The new Prado could become slightly bigger, increasing cargo space and overall comfort.
We can hear that Toyota is developing the new Entune infotainment system. Top trim will offer navigation, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and many other advanced features. The base SUV is going to include enough accessories to be called luxurious. Still, for the complete list of packages and gadgets, we will have to wait until the announcement.
Hybrid Engine Joins the Lineup
We can be sure that the new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is going to feature a kind of a hybrid powerplant. The mid-size SUV is not as potent as its US match. Toyota recently revisited a 2.8-liter diesel unit. It is the main choice for buyers in Asia and Australia, where the SUV is #1 in its class. However, a petrol-based setup is on the way. Experts predict that a 2.5-liter engine in combination with electric battery is the best match. We can already see this configuration rolling in the Highlander Hybrid. In the United States, the company sacrificed power to gain a better fuel economy. So, the mid-size SUV became the most efficient ride in this segment with 35 mpg. Prado is heavier, but these numbers will remain impressive, no matter how many pounds the premium vehicle is going to gain.
Other options are a diesel hybrid and the system based on a V6 gasoline engine. Still, for now we know the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is going to use a new platform, TNGA-F. It supports electric upgrades. What is important as well, the SUV should keep its 4×4 capabilities. Still, it depends on how far Toyota is ready to go. They have some of the best off-road packages in the world. We could see Prado with a TRD bundle in the future.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Release Date, Competition
The release date of the new LC is scheduled for the last quarter of 2021. Still, it will depend on many factors. The first one is the arrival of the big brother, Land Cruiser, which is finally bringing Series 300. After 15 years, Toyota is developing the next-gen model, which will also result in the fresh Prado. The fifth-generation is going to be available early in 2022. That also means the Lexus GX is being redesigned, although highlights from this brand are an all-new LX, and electric NX.
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will face tough competition in Pacific Asia and Australia. Nissan Patrol is a big rig capable to tow a lot. Also, Ford Everest (Endeavour in India) is another notable rival. Isuzu is launching the fresh version of MU-X SUV, while Mitsubishi builds Pajero in this part of the world.