The Toyota Land Cruiser is an institution, a fearless canine all-terrain vehicle that gets everyone in the world where they need to be. Those qualities are therefore not affected, now that the new J300 generation sees the light of day.
Fear not, under the recognizable and somewhat quirky body shapes of the J300 Toyota Land Cruiser lies a completely new off-roader. With a lighter platform and more powerful V6 engines.
Lighter and more powerful
The almost 5 meters long Toyota Land Cruiser builds on the so-called GA-F architecture of the Japanese manufacturer, a new platform that ensures that the diligent terrain giant loses about 200 kilograms compared to its predecessor. Now part of that weight loss is due to the new powertrain, as the J300 swaps the previous-generation V8s for more compact, more fuel-efficient and more powerful V6s.
The 5.7 liter petrol V8 makes way for a V6 biturbo with a displacement of 3.5 liters, an output of 415 hp and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. The 4.5 liter diesel V8 is replaced by a 305 hp and 700 Nm strong 3.3 liter V6.
Terrain executioner with fingerprint recognition
This combination of fewer kilos and more horses makes the new Toyota Land Cruiser faster and more economical than ever. More importantly, the off-road performance also benefits from the lower weight and extra power. Of course, the J300 also comes with a robust but intelligent 4×4 system with different modes (Multi Terrain Select), lockable differentials and a low gearing for the ten-speed automatic. The approach and departure angles have remained the same.
The interior of the new Toyota Land Cruiser follows the bold but uninspired design direction of the body. While functionality takes precedence, the interior of the J300 welcomes luxurious materials and contemporary technology. The infotainment system combines a 12.3-inch screen with the latest multimedia capabilities and you start it via a button that recognizes your fingerprint. And yes, it remains a seven-seater. For extra safety on the road, the Safety Sense package, which combines all kinds of modern driver assistance systems, for extra certainty on difficult terrain, the Toyota Land Cruiser relies on the so-called Multi Terrain Monitor, a camera system that ensures that you know what is in front of and plays under your J300.
The J300 generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser is not coming to Europe, so not to Belgium either. Even in the United States they see this terrain executioner pass by. After all, this model is destined for the Middle East and for Russia. Deliveries will start already in the summer of 2021.