Rumors of the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser have been floating around for a few years now. These reports first came about way back in 2018, but there haven't been any sightings of it since. If anything, Toyota has been careful about keeping it under wraps.
But now, it seems that Toyota is bringing out the car in public for the first time. Alleged photos of the next-generation Land Cruiser recently surfaced online. If so, it might not be long before we see it in the metal. It's about time, too, as the current model is almost 14 years old. Also known as the LC200, it's the third longest-running model in the Land Cruiser's history. It's just behind the 80-Series (1990 to 2008) and the 70-Series (1984 to present).
The spy photos don't show much at the moment, but there are some clues about the new look. We see angular daytime running lights at the front, while the grille appears larger, judging by the outline of the covers. All in all, the 2022 Land Cruiser looks larger than the already sizable current generation.
A different photo from the rear reveals a longer body. However, Toyota made the extra effort of hiding design details with a lot of false panels. They even went as far as covering the rear windows and added a false tailgate. That said, it is likely that Toyota will take an evolutionary approach to this redesign given that the Land Cruiser has a strong and loyal following around the world.
As for the engines, the rumor mill has stirred up a lot of possible options. There are those suggesting that hybrid power will be available for the first time, sharing the same powertrain as the Crown. Other reports say that it will use a twin-turbo V6 sourced from the Lexus LS500. A turbodiesel could also join the range, and recently, rumors of a non-turbo V8 was thrown into the mix. Whatever the case may be, we're expecting a lot of power and torque under the hood.
The question now is this, when will Toyota peel the covers off the SUV? Japan's largest automaker isn't dropping clues yet, but a late 2021 or early 2022 debut is likely.