While the Toyota Land Cruiser will soon be killed off in the United States, a next-generation model is in the works for other markets and according to reports, will be available with three different engine options.
Known as the Land Cruiser 300 Series, the new model is expected to ditch the V8 engines of the current model in favor of six-cylinder mills. One of these will take the form of a petrol 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 while a hybrid variant of this engine will also be offered in some markets. For those looking for torque, a 3.3-liter diesel V6 is also said to be on the cards.
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Autoweek speculates that the new Land Cruiser will be similar in size to the current model, news that’s not unexpected as previous reports have suggested it will retain the same platform as the existing model.
Toyota has already confirmed that the current Land Cruiser will be axed in the United States after the current 2021 model year and it’s conceivable that the 300 Series model will premiere not long after this happens, meaning a global debut mid-year is possible.
As noted by Motor1, a replacement to the Land Cruiser-based Lexus LX is also in the works. The new model could be dubbed the LQ and will apparently switch to a unibody platform, meaning it won’t be as rugged but should be better suited to normal driving.
Not all hope is lost for the next-generation Land Cruiser to be sold in the United States. In fact, a source from a large dealer franchise told the media in December that the new Land Cruiser could land stateside for the 2023 model year.