The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the most iconic vehicles of all time. The flagship SUV has been around for 70 years; more than 10.4 million Land Cruisers have been sold in 170 countries. It has been a long wait for an all-new version — since 2007, in fact. But the all-new 2022 Land Cruiser has finally been revealed. Toyota has kept to the same formula, unsurprisingly — but made some major improvements.
Here's what you need to know about the new J300 generation model.
As expected, the Toyota Land Cruiser is abandoning its V8 engine for twin-turbocharged V6 engines paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The gas version with be a 3.5-liter putting out 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Some markets will also get a 3.3-liter diesel delivering 304 hp and 516 lb-ft.
The Toyota Land Cruiser has grown with each generation, rightfully earning the nickname "Land Crusher." But the new J300 generation has dropped some weight. Running on a new body-on-frame TNGA-F platform, the new SUV will be about 440 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Toyota says the weight drop and the new 10-speed transmission will improve efficiency by about 10 percent.
Toyota says the vehicle's dimensions — length, width and wheelbase — will be the same as the previous model.
The J200 Land Cruiser was very much a 2000s-era vehicle. The J300 will join the 2020s with the latest technology Toyota has to offer, including Toyota's Safety Sense system, Toyota's new Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS) and — of course — upgraded off-roading tech.
Toyota's global site says the company plans to launch the Land Cruiser "all over the world" starting this summer. But it's not clear yet whether that includes the American market.
Toyota North America has made no reference to the Land Cruiser's global reveal. Toyota has confirmed there will be no 2022 model year Land Cruiser in America but told enthusiasts to stay tuned. We could get the J300 Land Cruiser as a Lexus. We could get a different vehicle, perhaps based on the new Tundra.
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