New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 revealed: price, specs and release date
This is the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300, which ditches the old car’s V8 in favour of two new V6 engines. It also comes with loads of new tech and a revised design. Read on for more details.
- New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 revealed
- Subtle visual upgrades
- No more V8 engine
- New petrol and diesel V6 units
- 10-speed automatic gearbox
- New TNGA-F underpinnings
- Upgraded off-road tech
- Will go on sale in summer 2021
- Won’t be available in UK/EU
The new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is the latest incarnation of Toyota’s ultimate off-roader. This all-new alternative to the likes of the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes G-Class comes with new engines, new tech and a new look for 2022.
New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 design
The new Toyota Land Cruiser looks really similar to the old 200 Series model. It’s just as boxy and has similar square headlights, but the new car does have an even taller grille, some new contrasting trim and a remodeled rear end.
New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 engines
The old Toyota Land Cruiser came with one engine – a yee-haw 5.7-litre petrol V8. Now, you get a choice of two new V6s in the latest 300 version. First-up is the 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6 that produces 415hp and 650Nm of torque. That’s a LOT more than the 381hp and 543Nm you got in the old V8.
There’s also new 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel engine. Sure, it only makes 309hp, but it cranks out 700Nm of torque. That’s 50Nm more than you get from a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder diesel Defender and 100Nm more than a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder Mercedes G400d.
Both new engines come with an equally box-fresh 10-speed automatic gearbox, in place of the old car’s 8-speed unit.
New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 off-roading
You also get four-wheel drive and various locking differentials as standard, but there’s a new electronically controlled adaptive suspension system. This adjusts the damper settings and can even disconnect the anti-roll bars to give you maximum traction on uneven surfaces.
Toyota’s also added a system called the ‘Multi Terrain Select’, which will automatically detect what surface you’re driving on and set the car up for you.
Finally, there’s the ‘Multi-Terrain Monitor’ that works in a similar way to the ‘Clear-sight Ground View’ system in a Land Rover Defender, and shows you a view through the car’s bonnet on the infotainment system.
New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 interior
Toyota has given the new Land Cruiser’s interior a thorough makeover. The old car looked like it was stuck in the early 2000s, but the new model is far more high-tech.
There’s a revised dashboard design and a completely new touchscreen infotainment system.
You can get the new Land Cruiser with 5 or 7 seats – just like the old model. And, because the new car is almost exactly the same size, it’ll be just as roomy inside, too.
New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport
Toyota has also revealed a GR Sport version of the new Land Cruiser. Yes, GR as in ‘Gazoo Racing’ – the people who built the awesome Yaris GRMN and the epic GR Yaris.
But don’t get too excited. This new Land Cruiser isn’t some rally-spec homologation special… It’s more like a visual upgrade pack. A bit like Audi’s S Line or Mercedes’ AMG Line.
This means you get some different alloy wheels and new black bumpers that should hide any scratches you get while off-roading.
New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 price and release date
Don’t think about putting your name down for a new Land Cruiser 300 if you live in the UK or Europe, because it won’t go on sale here.
It will go on sale in the Middle East and Russia though, sometime in Summer 2021. And, it’ll probably set you back the equivalent of around £70,000.
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