Here’s a pretty clear look at the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series.
“Large and in charge” has been a pretty apt phrase to describe the Toyota Land Cruiser since the 100 Series, and that will still be the case for the next generation. We’ve seen some camouflaged spy photos before, but this shot from Cochespias.net shows the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series in the sheet metal. It still has that familiar silhouette many of us know and love, but whether this iteration of the automaker’s flagship SUV will make it to the U.S. is still a complete mystery.
Since Toyota just discontinued the 200 Series Land Cruiser, it’s unlikely the company would bring it back as a 1-to-1 replacement. If anything, we expect the next-gen Lexus LX to supplant the Land Cruiser 300 Series. Diehard enthusiasts out there are clamoring for Toyota to let us in on the action, though, so you never know — we could see it eventually.
Apart from the evolutionary styling, here’s what we know about the next Land Cruiser so far (or at least have on decent authority). From past spy photos, you’ll still get a fairly familiar feeling, but modernized interior akin to other modern Toyotas. A much more modern infotainment system is a given, as well as some more thoughtful layout for all the off-road and driver assistance controls. Crucially, though, Toyota will almost certainly ditch the old 5.7-liter 3UR-FE in favor of a more fuel efficient twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. Thanks to forced induction, the world may end up seeing a bit more power out of the deal as well.
The 300 Series will no doubt keep all its four-wheel drive off-road goodness, though it’s anyone’s guess how much more Toyota will charge for the next-gen model. At $87,030, the current 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser isn’t exactly cheap. The LX, for its part, isn’t much pricier either, and will likely sport all the same hardware as the new 300 Series.
As it happens, the Land Cruiser is hardly the only new model coming down the pike either. We’re also expecting the new Tundra, with its own distinctive styling direction: