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Codenamed 500D, the Toyota Land Hopper is a larger Corolla Cross with 4X4 and 2.8 turbodiesel

CY Foong · Oct 5, 2023 02:30 PM

Codenamed 500D, the Toyota Land Hopper is a larger Corolla Cross with 4X4 and 2.8 turbodiesel 01

In Southeast Asia and other developing markets, Toyota offers 4 SUVs across different segments ranging from the Toyota Raize to the Toyota Fortuner. However, it seems that Toyota is looking to add another model slotting between the Fortuner and the Corolla Cross in the future.

Codenamed 500D, the Toyota Land Hopper is a larger Corolla Cross with 4X4 and 2.8 turbodiesel 02

The all-new Land Cruiser Prado shown, not officially available in Southeast Asia

There are rumours that the Land Hopper name which Toyota trademarked could be used on this mini-Fortuner rather than on a smaller version of the Land Cruiser. According to Indonesia’s AutonetMagz, the Land Hopper could be unveiled at this month’s Japan Mobility Show, formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show.

Codenamed 500D, the Toyota Land Hopper is a larger Corolla Cross with 4X4 and 2.8 turbodiesel 03

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The Indo automotive site speculated that the Land Hopper shown might look close to production-ready. Perhaps it might resemble the boxy shape of the Compact Cruiser EV concept, one of the 16 EVs previewed by Toyota in 2021.

Also read: All-electric 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 250 teased - The UN's first EV?

Codenamed 500D, the Toyota Land Hopper is a larger Corolla Cross with 4X4 and 2.8 turbodiesel 01

2.8-litre 1GD unit shown

Interestingly enough, AutonetMagz also reported that the Land Hopper could be powered by a 2.8-litre 1GD turbodiesel engine. It’s the same powerplant used on the Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Hilux which for an SUV slotting below the Fortuner sounds very interesting.

The rumours of this mini-Fortuner, codenamed 500D first broke by Filipino automotive outlet Auto Industriya. Production is planned to begin as early as the final quarter (Q4) of 2024 in Thailand.

Also read: Toyota trademarks Land Hopper name - Will it be on the Land Cruiser EV or the mini-Fortuner?

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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