The current-generation Toyota Land Cruiser may not be any worse for wear for its many years on this planet, but that doesn’t change the fact that, well, it’s getting up there in years. (Case in point: Toyota’s media site hasn’t added any new pictures of it since the 2016 model year, because, well, they haven’t needed to.) But the current model known as the 200 Series that’s been around since 2007 may finally be about to shuffle off this mortal coil — and its replacement could be revealed as soon as this fall, according to a new report.
There’s a bit of a game of journalistic telephone at play here, so take everything with a grain of salt, but according to South African publication The Citizen‘s report on the claims found in Japanese automotive publication Best Car, development work on the new 300 Series Land Cruiser is currently under way, and the model could be revealed to the public as soon as the Tokyo Motor Show in November.
While the next-gen Land Cruiser will reportedly stick with an old-school body-on-frame chassis like previous models, as we previously mentioned, the model will allegedly axe the current 4.7-liter V8 for the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 found in the Lexus LS 500. It’s not a surprising turn, given both market trends favoring smaller forced-induction engines over larger naturally-aspirated ones (due to both stringent emissions tests that favor such motors, and the fact that their more-immediate torque delivery makes them feel more powerful during everyday driving) and the fact that Toyota’s gas-powered V8s have been slowly but surely slipping out of the lineup for years now.
Considering prior reports have pegged the new Land Cruiser’s on-sale date to 2021, we wouldn’t be surprised if the version revealed in November was a concept car rather than a production-ready model — if, indeed, it shows up at all. Even if the rumor is true, there’s plenty of time for Toyota management to change their mind between now and the Tokyo Motor Show. (Previous reports have claimed the SUV has been delayed due to disagreements over styling, for example.) Still, any news about a new Land Cruiser is news we’re going to pass along.
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