Toyota confirmed that it would be on a heavy EV offensive after the reveal of its bZ4X concept. A new report suggests that this strategy may include an electrified Hilux and Land Cruiser 300.
According to Motoring, Toyota confirms that electrified variants of these two halo models will be revealed by 2030 although, an official date is not yet confirmed. It’s also not clear whether these two models will be diesel-hybrid, petrol-hybrid or fully electric.
This information was revealed to the Australian publication during a media briefing on the aforementioned bZ4X concept. Sales and marketing chief Sean Hanley revealed that an electrified Hilux and Land Cruiser 300 was a part of the brand’s road map for a commitment to zero and low emission offerings by 2030.
“We plan to offer an electrified option across virtually our entire model range – including commercial vehicles – as early as 2030,” Hanley stated.
“This target includes vehicles like Land Cruiser and Hilux.”
When asked if electrification of those models meant diesel or petrol hybrids, Toyota Australia product chief Rod Ferguson said it “was not out of the question”.
“We are considering diesel hybrids, petrol hybrids,” he added.
“The model cycle and the model cadence or the ability to update powertrains also comes into the timing, but we are looking at all forms of lowering CO2 through multiple technologies.
“We are open to any of those pathways for electrifying and lowering carbon.”
Ferguson added that battery-electric versions of the Land Cruiser and Hilux should not be ruled out, even though their weight and lack of range would currently discourage their use.