We're just months away before Toyota Motor Philippines officially launches the all-new Land Cruiser 300 in the country (if our sources are correct). With retail sales scheduled to begin in October 2021, we won't be surprised if customers have made reservations already.
So far, we know the (tentative – pending final verification) specifications of the all-new flagship SUV for the Philippines. These include the 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel V6, a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, huge 20-inch alloy wheels on top-spec versions, and a four-zone automatic climate control system.
But what about those that prefer the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline V6? Sadly, TMP will not be offering any gas-powered versions of the latest Land Cruiser in the country. But those that want a gas-powered Land Cruiser, there's always the gray market, and they're also coming very soon.
According to a gray market dealer who wished anonymity, their shipment of Middle East-spec Land Cruiser 300s will arrive in the country around October. This somehow coincides with the start of retail sales of the new SUV by TMP.
The exact specifications of these gray market LC 300s were not revealed. Since they are originally meant for the Middle East, these are likely powered by the 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline V6, which puts out 409 PS and 650 Nm of torque. Compared to the diesel V6, this motor makes 100 PS more but makes 50 Nm less torque. It shifts via a 10-speed automatic gearbox, similar to the PH-spec LC 300.
As for pricing, the gray market Land Cruiser 300 will supposedly retail between PHP 6.9 million to PHP 7.9 million. This means that the most affordable gray-market LC 300 could be PHP 1,727,000 more expensive than the PH-spec. Pricey? Yes, but Middle East-spec models do come with extra features that local units might be missing or lacking.
Should there be low demand for the gray market units of the Land Cruiser 300, we were told gray market dealers could lower their prices to attract more buyers. On the contrary, if demand is high, the price will remain as is between PHP 6.9 million to PHP 7.9 million.
If you're planning to get an all-new Land Cruiser soon, will you go for the ones brought by TMP? Or will you go for the units shipped in by gray market dealers with the twin-turbo gasoline V6? Let us know in the comments.