Will 2021 be the year we'll finally see the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser? If we take a look at the past reports, it's starting to look that way. We've seen spy shots, leaked info, and even the (supposed) engine specifications. However, we don't have a solid idea of its design.
But the snoops over at Kurdistan Automotive Blog uncovered a significant development in the all-new Land Cruiser story, and it's a juicy one. Not only are some of the specifications there, but there is also a blueprint of its new look. If these photos are true, we might be looking at the next-generation SUV.
By the looks of things, Toyota took a cautious and evolutionary redesign for the next-generation Land Cruiser. The headlights are slimmer than before while the grille appears wider than the outgoing model. It also appears that the wheelbase is longer as the front wheels are closer to the corners. If so, that not only improves ride and handling, but also its approach angle for off-roading.
As for its flanks, it retains most of the elements in the 200 Series which, in turn, shares a lot from the 100 Series. We're expecting the same broad-shouldered look in the 300 Series. That said, the third window has a rather interesting shape, reminiscent of the one found in the current Lexus LX570. At the rear, the taillights are a significant departure from the last two generations. It also looks like Toyota is keeping the signature split tailgate.
Five wheel options were shown in the leaked documents. That means the next-generation SUV might have several variants available. The smallest set is 17-inch steel rims, likely for heavy-duty or entry-level variants. Mid-spec models could come with 18-inch alloys, while the largest option is a 20-inch set. It's also worth noting that the Land Cruiser 300 Series will have a six-lug pattern instead of the current five-lug setup with a 5x150 pattern.
According to the leak, the upcoming Land Cruiser retains a solid rear axle. While most of its competitors moved to independent rear suspensions (Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Tahoe), the decision to stick to this traditional design has its advantages. While it won't do any favors for on-road handling, this design allows for better articulation off-road. It's also proven to be robust when the going gets rocky. Besides, off-road prowess has become one of the Land Cruiser's signatures over the decades.
We covered the engines in our previous report. These include the tried-and-tested 1GR-FE 4.0-liter V6 found in Land Cruiser Prado, FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, and even select variants of the Land Cruiser 200 in the Middle East. The second is the V35A-FTS, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the Lexus LS500, possibly the 5.7-liter gasoline V8's successor. Last but not least is the F33A-FTV, supposedly a 3.3-liter V6 turbodiesel that might replace the 4.5-liter V8 turbodiesel in the current model.
With that much information coming out, we can't help but think Toyota will finally pull the covers off the Land Cruiser 300 Series this year. If so, the long wait should be worth it. After all, it has been 14 years since the world saw an all-new Land Cruiser.