The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the all-time greats of the SUV world. It has been around since the early 1950s, and in all this, the Land Cruiser has become a household name. Up until this point, Toyota was still selling the LC200 series, which made its debut back in 2007. However, Toyota has now revealed the all-new Land Cruiser, i.e., the LC300 series. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new LC300 series is bristling with new features whilst also sporting a new platform and a completely overhauled design.
A big improvement over the previous-gen LC200, the latest-gen Land Cruiser rides on the all-new TNGA-F platform. Meant specifically for SUVs, this new platform not only helped Toyota shave off 200kg from the LC300’s weight but also allowed it to retain the Land Cruiser’s body-on-frame construction. Furthermore, the all-new Land Cruiser has been built keeping in mind modern safety norms and regulations. And while Toyota has updated the exterior, the LC300’s design strays further from the LC200’s old-school but simple styling.
The front design of the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser will certainly divide opinions. There’s a massive main grille which is surrounded by a secondary grille, flanked by swanky LED headlamps with integrated thick LED DRLs. The beefy hood is carried over with a few tweaks, while the muscular front bumper is new and features LED fog lamps. From the side, you will note that not much has changed between the LC300 and the older LC200 – the Land Cruiser’s iconic boxy profile remains untouched. The LC300 does get new alloy wheels and door-mounted wing mirrors now that make it seem a bit more modern.
The rear of the all-new Land Cruiser comes with redesigned LED tail lamps, a stubby roof spoiler, and a revised bumper. Toyota has also changed the design of the tailgate, which now looks more upright but better sculpted than before.
Even more interesting is the fact that there will be a specially-tuned GR Sport variant of the all-new Land Cruiser. The GR Sport is meant for customers who plan on taking the Land Cruiser off-road more often. Therefore, it will come with upgraded and beefier suspension, smaller wheels with chunkier tires, and more underbody protection as well. Furthermore, with its blacked-out exterior bits, the GR Sport variant of the LC300 certainly looks cool.
Depending on the trim level and market, the all-new Land Cruiser’s interior can be had in two shades. There’s a sporty all-black theme and a dual-tone beige/black theme, with the latter looking more premium overall. Toyota has redesigned the whole interior of the Land Cruiser, so it now feels a touch more modern and pleasant.
Interestingly, while the LC300 gets a large and sophisticated touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and detailed graphics, it misses out on a fully digital driver’s display. Some of the all-new Land Cruiser’s other toys will include push-button start, quad-zone automatic climate control, ventilated & power-operated front seats, a JBL surround-sound audio system, a power sunroof, wireless charging, surround-view cameras, and a heads-up display, among others.
To assist the driver while off-roading, Toyota has fitted the all-new Land Cruiser with multiple gadgets. The LC300 comes with a dedicated Multi-Terrain Monitor backed by a computer-controlled Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) system. The auto-adjustable MTS system works hand-in-hand with the LC300’s new Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS) to ensure optimum wheel articulation and traction no matter the terrain.
Toyota has also equipped the LC300 with slightly better and retuned suspension components to better its off-roading capabilities. And while changes were made to the aesthetics, vital parameters such as the Land Cruiser’s stellar approach, break-over, and departure angles have been carried over from the LC200 series.
Gone is the old LC200’s fuel-guzzling V8 engine, now taken over by all-new twin-turbo V6 powerplants. The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder petrol engine that produces nearly 409hp and 650Nm of torque, or a 3.3-liter diesel motor that churns out about 305hp and 700Nm of torque. When compared to the old 5.7-liter naturally-aspirated petrol V8 in the LC200, the new turbocharged V6 not only puts out more power and torque but is claimed to have better fuel efficiency as well. Both engines in the new LC300 come with a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser (LC300) should make it to India, though there are no timelines announced as yet. Irrespective, it is absolutely great to see old-school SUVs like the Land Cruiser still being produced in 2021!