We already know that the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is already here in the country. Aside from being spotted being transported by a car carrier in Batangas, we already have an idea of its specs and pricing. Several sources were even able to take pictures of the SUV up close – giving us a better look at what to expect.
This means that Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is gearing up for its eventual launch. But while the automaker is ready to reveal the SUV to the public, the factory that makes them is about to face some hurdles.
With Toyota experiencing chips and parts shortages, production of the LC 300 had to be halted for an entire month. But with customers continuing to make reservations, the orders for the flagship SUV are already piling up.
Unfortunately, things will apparently go from bad to worse. According to a report by Cars Guide Australia, the wait times for an all-new Land Cruiser could reach up to four years, depending on the variant a customer has chosen.
The automaker has reportedly been overwhelmed by orders from different global markets. So much so that pre-orders have outstripped domestic production capacity by 400%. In total, Toyota has already received 20,000 orders before the company had to temporarily halt production due to the shortages.
The variants that will be affected by the long wait time will reportedly be the top-of-the-line ZX and the more sport-oriented GR Sport. But with 90% of customers in Japan choosing the aforementioned variants, these models will take longer to deliver due to the number of parts needed.
With Toyota not yet able to restart production of the Land Cruiser, those that wish to make reservations will likely have to wait longer than those that have already ordered early.
There's no word as to how many units of the all-new Land Cruiser 300 are currently available in the Philippines. But given its limited availability due to the ongoing parts/chips shortage, the vehicles that are already here might already be spoken for, or are demo unit for dealers.
As interest in the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 continues to build, the automaker may have to find a way to shorten that wait time in order to please customers.