To be perfectly honest, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 200 Series had been around since 2007, and it was time for a change. Speaking of which, the brand new 300 Series will not get the full month V8 petrol, for now at least. Instead, it comes with two engine options – a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 petrol and a 3.3-litre, twin-turbo V6 diesel. Both come mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. The former churns out 410 bhp and 650 Nm, while the latter belts out 305 bhp and 750 Nm of peak torque.
Moreover, the 300 Series is built on an all-new platform called the ‘GA-F’. It’s the first of Toyota’s new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platforms which has been developed for a body-on-frame vehicle. What does that mean? Well, for starters, a 200-kilogram weight loss. Then there’s increased rigidity, lowered centre of gravity, weight distribution, and improved suspension structure. The good folks over at Toyota even say that this all-new Land Cruiser will surpass the performance of the conventional V8 motor. And all this with a 10 percent cut in CO2 emissions – sounds pretty good so far, doesn’t it?
It even gets an improved electronic kit, overall. For example, the adoption of the E-KDSS (Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), which is claimed to be a ‘first in the world’. Or, how about the ‘Multi-Terrain Select’ system which reads the road surface automatically. As one would expect in this day and age, Toyota has massively improved the active safety kit as well which additions like Toyota’s Safety Sense package and Parking Support Brake.
As far as the exterior design goes, Toyota pretty much decided with the ‘go big or go home’ motto. The massive front grille along with sleek-looking DRLs looks quite contemporary. You have to remember, there has been a complete redesign both on the inside and outside, which might take some getting used to. The side profile looks a lot cleaner than before while the rear doesn’t quite have this same impact as the older generation models. It’ll interest you to know, the length, width, wheelbase and departure & approach angles are the same as the outgoing 200 Series.
It’s been a pretty long road for the Land Cruiser, which has made a living staying off of it. Since 1951, over 10.4 million units (cumulative) have been sold across 170 countries. As of right now, there’s no way to tell if this car will make it to India, but hopefully, it will. However, it has been confirmed that this model will not be going to the United States or the United Kingdom. In this instance, the question to ask would be if the Land Cruiser will make the crossover to hybrid or all-electric soon. What do you think?