Thanks to numerous leaks, we’re expecting the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser to debut very soon. The most recent one even gave us an early preview of what the flagship SUV could look like. Now, it seems more information about the 300-Series Land Cruiser has made its way to the internet. This time, it’s about the variants available – one of which piqued our interest.
A post on Instagram by user @cars_secrets supposedly shows the badges available for the next-generation Land Cruiser. Not surprisingly, it’s mostly similar to the ones fitted on the current-generation 200-Series Land Cruiser. It starts with the entry-level GX.R, followed by the AX, VX, VX.R, and ZX, respectively. For reference, the Philippine-spec Land Cruiser models are both in VX trim. Meanwhile, the ZX and VX.R trim can be found in Japan and the Middle East, respectively.
It's good to know that Toyota will retain the same format for Land Cruiser variants, but that’s not what we're interested in. What we are interested in, however, is the new GR Sport badge for the Land Cruiser. If the leaks are correct, that means we will see a Land Cruiser GR Sport variant in the future. Based on the document, GR badges will also be found around the body and even inside the cabin.
Other interesting details to note would be the “LAND CRUISER” badge. This will be attached to the center of the tailgate, just like the current model. Also, the interior sketches are shown in both left- and right-hand drive configurations. It’s still hard to make out the fine details, but it appears it will have a floating infotainment display, similar to the Lexus LX570. The center console will also be redesigned with new air vents and layout.
Assuming Toyota does build a GR Sport variant of the Land Cruiser, it would be a perfect competitor to the newly launched 2021 Nissan Patrol NISMO. However, don’t expect a highly tuned engine from the Land Cruiser GR-S. It’s not a full-blown GR model like the Supra, Yaris, and the 86. Instead, it’s a sportier variant of Toyota’s legendary SUV, possibly with revised bumpers and tuned suspension at most.