Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 SUV Expected to Debut in End-May 2021
Fresh details about the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 have emerged, including information on when the SUV is scheduled to launch, which is expected to be at the end of May 2021. There’s also information about a new GR Sport (GR-S) variant, which will receive mechanical improvements over the standard LC300 to make it a more capable off-road SUV without sacrificing on-road dynamics.
Toyota Land Cruiser LC300: Variants
The standard Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 is supposed to have up to five variants: four standard and the GR-S (Gazoo Racing Sport), which will be available in some markets. Both variants are likely to be four-wheel drive, with high-spec variants possibly being available in two- or three-row configurations.
Toyota Land Cruiser LC300: Features and Equipments
The low-spec variants will get a 9.0-inch touchscreen, 18-inch wheels, LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control, and fabric upholstery, with optional add-ons expected to include a rear locking differential, a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a unique biometric fingerprint scanner to start the engine. High-spec variants will add to the kit such as, a torque-sensing limited-slip differential, leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, powered and ventilated seats, powered tailgate, unique biometric fingerprint scanner to start the engine, 4-zone climate control, selectable terrain modes, adaptive suspension, rear-seat entertainment package, 360-degree camera, a 3D terrain view monitor with an underbody camera that will allow drivers to view obstacles hidden by the bonnet and more.
On the safety front, the SUV is expected to feature tech such as Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 driver aids which bundles in radar cruise control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist, and autonomous braking. Spy images of the Land Cruiser have also suggested a 70th-anniversary special edition is also to make its way to some markets though the extent of updations over the standard LC300 are not yet known.
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Toyota Land Cruiser LC300: Engine and Powertrain Options
The Land Cruiser LC300 will come powered by a choice of V6 turbo-petrol and diesel engines, with the current-generation SUV’s V8s engine set to be discontinued. The current model is offered with a choice of V8 petrol engine – ranging from 4.6 to 5.7L in displacement depending on the market alongside a 4.5L V8 diesel engine. A smaller 4.0L V6 petrol was also available in some markets. The petrol model is expected to make use of a new 3.5L V6 twin-turbo-petrol while the diesel is said to use a new 3.3L V6 mill. The diesel engine is said to generate 306hp and 700Nm of max torque with the petrol slated to puts out 415hp and 650Nm. Interestingly, these outputs make the new-gen model more powerful than the outgoing LC200 petrol and diesel V8 models. In comparison, the 5.7L V8 engine in the LC 200 makes 386hp and 544Nm of max torque while the 4.5-litre V8 diesel engine develops up to 272hp and 650Nm. A petrol-hybrid model is also expected to join the line-up at a later stage.
Toyota Land Cruiser for India
While Toyota Motor Corporation did sell the LC200 and the Prado in our country for a few years, the two SUVs were discontinued around the time of the move to BS6 emission standards. The new LC300 petrol is expected to go into production by July 2021 with the GR-S (Gazoo Racing Sport) and diesel models to enter production by the month of September. There is currently no confirmation if the new-generation LC300 will be launched in the Indian market though one could expect it to arrive at a later date either by Toyota or by Lexus – the LC200-based LX SUV is also set to be replaced by a new-gen model based on the LC300.