In Europe, many newly launched SUV models are complemented with commercial versions by the parent brand. With the above variant, carmakers have access to lower tax rates and less stringent emissions standards.
The Suzuki Jimny, Land Rover Defender or most recently the new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado all have commercial versions for the above reason.
Notably, as early as November 2023, Toyota UK revealed the commercial Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Commercial. The company will start selling this version from early 2024. This version of the previous generation Toyota SUV is also in Europe.
Compared to the original, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Commercial uses a body-colored frame to cover the rear window. The number of aluminum wheels and seats has been reduced to 2, further reducing the price of the car. There is a partition between the cockpit and the rear storage area. The vehicle floor is designed as flat as possible to carry large objects (maximum 1,200 x 800 mm).
When launched globally in North America, the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado uses a 2.4L I-4 single turbocharged engine with 326 horsepower and 630Nm of torque, supported by a 48 horsepower electric motor placed in the gearbox. 8-speed automatic.
However, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Commercial, due to its emphasis on economy, will definitely not use the above engine to reduce its price. Instead, the car may use a 2.8L 201 horsepower, 500Nm diesel version of the new Prado in Europe/Australia.
Some other options that this version could target are a 2.4L turbocharged gasoline engine with 278 horsepower, 428Nm in the Prado in Western Europe/Eastern Europe or a 2.7L naturally aspirated gasoline engine with 161 horsepower, 245Nm in Eastern Europe/Japan.
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