Toyota has only just updated its Land Cruiser Prado here in South Africa but a report from Japan is already examining engine options for the next-generation model.

According to Best Car Web, the new Prado will be launched “after 2022”, some time after the larger Land Cruiser 300 has hit the market (which the publication now states will be introduced in September 2021).

The report claims the next-gen Prado will ride on a version of Toyota’s new ladder-frame chassis (which is set to debut on the Land Cruiser 300), with the option of five or seven seats.

While the current Prado employs the Japanese firm’s 2,7-litre petrol engine in some markets and the 4,0-litre V6 here in South Africa, Best Car Web claims this will be replaced by a 2,5-litre hybrid-petrol powertrain.

And diesel options? Well, the publication suggests the revised 2,8-litre turbodiesel unit will be carried over to the new model although claims it will be “improved” yet again (the version of this oil-burner that recently debuted in the refreshed Hilux and updated Prado here in South Africa now makes 150 kW and 500 N.m).

The report furthermore claims the Prado will inherit the new Land Cruiser 300’s touchscreen infotainment system and the latest “Toyota Safety Sense” technology.