Fan Photos: More Info On The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series — Including Front And Rear Lockers

Here's another closer look into the new LC's off-road chops

The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series is shaping up to be a pretty impressive off-roader, especially with dual lockers!

It looks like the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series will have an option for both front and rear lockers, as shown in these photos from a TFL reader below — something unavailable in the older factory models.

A fan living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stopped by a local Toyota dealership and got close to the new Toyota Land Cruiser. While he was shooting the attached photos, he noticed some interesting buttons. What you’re looking at is a rear AND front locker selector buttons. This is big news for folks who wanted a factory locker up front, and couldn’t get one.

Here’s the email from our Toyota Land Cruiser photographer:

Hi,
I am Swiss living in the UAE at the moment. I know you will not get the Land Cruiser 300 Series in the US, but I was in a Showroom today looking at a LC 300. One thing that popped out to me was that the LC 300 has twin lockers from the factory (I attached a pictures with the buttons).

Just thought that is maybe also a interesting fact for you, to see Toyota is going back to twin lockers, which was not possible in the 100 and 200 series.”

Bjoern G.

What does mean for overall performance? Well, considering the horsepower gains from the new powertrains, mixed in with the lighter curb-weights – it’s a lot. Even with open differentials, Toyota has systems that work to mitigate wheel slippage. The A-TRAC (Active Traction Control) system works brilliantly off-road, especially when paired with a rear locker. Still, having a front locker will help the lighter, more powerful Land Cruiser 300 Series scamper over obstacles with gusto.

You can read about the new Land Cruiser right here on TFLoffroad, and check out the manufacturer photos below:

What does this Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series mean for the USA?

We’re trying not to get our hopes up, but there is a chance that we will get a similar model in the upcoming Lexus LX600/750h (if they stick to that name). Will Lexus owners actually care about having front and rear lockers? For most, probably not. Many will be satisfied with an automated system that figures things out for them. Many will never tackle anything more challenging than a ski chalet.

On the other hand, we’ve seen more and more Lexus owners ripping off the ridiculous cladding and bourgeois rolling stock to build up serious off-road vehicles. Even if they never drop a tire on the Rubicon, they want the capability built in. These are the potential U.S. consumers that may see something like this in the near future.

Here are a few more images – thanks Bjoern!

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