With the current Toyota Land Cruiser already 12-years old, it’s no surprise then that people are highly anticipating the new, upcoming flagship SUV. Even before the new model arrives, there has already been a lot of speculation about the next-generation model as early as 2019. However, a new report from bestcarweb.jp supposedly reveals new details about the next-generation Land Cruiser including its alleged August reveal and a hybrid powertrain.
Rumors about the upcoming Land Cruiser being a hybrid isn’t entirely new, and we’ve covered that before. However, bestcarweb.jp reports in detail that the large SUV will reportedly use a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain which produces 295 horsepower and 356 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the old six-speed automatic transmission will supposedly be dropped in favor of a CVT. Full-time four-wheel drive, however, will be retained.
This new hybrid powertrain will apparently replace the 4.6-liter gasoline V8 (not available in the Philippines) that produces 313 horsepower and 460 Nm torque. At the moment, there is still no word about the diesel-powered V8 offered in the Land Cruiser locally. Whether it will be dropped or retained is still uncertain. It’s the same case for the 5.7-liter V8 model offered in other regions.
Aside from the new powertrain, the Japanese publication further adds that the new Land Cruiser will ride on Toyota’s TNGA platform similar to newer models. However, we have to take this exact detail with a grain of salt as they also mentioned that the new Land Cruiser will supposedly still have a ladder frame design. How Toyota will make a ladder frame chassis work with the TNGA architecture will be quite intriguing.
Styling-wise, the next-generation Land Cruiser will supposedly have an all-new look both inside and out. The grill will feature a new trapezoidal design similar to newer Toyota models. The cabin will be offered with either two or three rows of seats. Numerous features will be offered as well including the latest Toyota Safety Sense technology offered in the Crown and Alphard.
When is the new Land Cruiser arriving? Bestcarweb.jp says we’ll apparently see the new model sometime in August 2020. Fingers crossed that Toyota will officially reveal the next-gen flagship SUV seven months from now.