Toyota patents hybrid 4×4 drivetrain, Land Cruiser hybrid and Prado hybrid possible
Reports have surfaced on the internet that Toyota has lodged a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The technical drawings provided highlight an electric motor – the electric motor is denoted as 70 – wedged between a ladder frame chassis designed to carry seven passengers.
There’s no word on what combustion engine will join the electric components, but as Toyota has never made a diesel hybrid, it’s fair to say that the new 4×4 models will have petrol/electric power. There is the possibility of plugin hybrid and fully electric propulsion, too.
While the drawings don’t guarantee that a Land Cruiser hybrid and Prado hybrid models are coming any time soon, Toyota filing such a patent suggests they are investigating potential options with 4×4 hybrid technology in future.