Toyota has unveiled its new-generation Land Cruiser 300. The vehicle brings an evolutionary exterior, a new engine and a new platform.
The SUV transfers to the TNGA platform – the same on which a new 2022 Toyota Tundra rides. Lowering the center of gravity and the weight by 441 lbs/200 kg, and adding more efficient engines, Toyota helps cut the vehicle’s CO2 emissions by one-tenth.
The approach angle is 32 degrees, the departure angle reaches 26.5 degrees, ground clearance is 9.05 inches (230 mm). Standard four-wheel drive completes with three differential locks.
For the next model year, Toyota makes upgrades of several systems: Crawn Control, Multi-Terrain Select (adds Deep Snow and Auto modes), Multi-Terrain Monitor (features an underbody camera), and electronically controlled kinetic dynamic suspension stabilization. An adaptive variable suspension is available, as well as Toyota’s latest Safety Sense suite.
The manufacturer significantly modifies the Land Cruiser’s cabin. Now it features a 9.0-inch standard or a 12.3-inch optional infotainment screen. A head-up display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, a 360-degree camera, a powered tailgate, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, an air ionizer, a fingerprint authentication system are on the list of the vehicle’s ‘goodies’.
A naturally aspirated V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel will be available in some markets. A more efficient twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that produces 409 hp and 479 lb.-ft. replaces the old naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy numbers for the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser will follow. Certainly, they should be better than before.
Sales start this summer. Unfortunately, not in North America, but in other large markets, including the Middle East and Eastern Europe.