An official reveal could be imminent.
An all-new Toyota Land Cruiser will arrive for the 2022 model year in just about every major market with the exception of North America. Land Cruiser sales in the US have dropped in recent years and 2021 will be its final model year. At least, that's what we've being told. And we certainly hope they do because patent designs for the all-new 300 Series Land Cruiser have just leaked online, courtesy of the Kurdistan Automotive Blog on Instagram.
We definitely like what we're seeing here mainly because the new Land Cruiser doesn't look incredibly different from the outgoing model's rugged and handsome design. It will reportedly be about the same length as its predecessor but the wheelbase has been stretched by about two inches.
The front overhangs appear to be a bit shorter which, combined with the new wheelbase, should improve approach and departure angles for even better off-roading capabilities. In general, the 300 Series Land Cruiser appears to have a cleaner, slightly more streamlined look than that of its predecessor.
The front grille has a bolder look but we can't tell if the split tailgate has been swapped in favor of a more conventional configuration. The side mirrors are now mounted on the doors rather than the A-pillars in order to improve aerodynamics, while the roof-mounted spoiler has been redesigned. Wheel sizes will range from 17-inch steel units to 20-inch alloys.
Unfortunately, interior images are not yet available though sources claim we can expect a significantly upgraded dashboard design, large infotainment screen, and a wide center console.
Under the hood will lie a variety of engine options, such as a new 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel six-cylinder and an optional 3.5-liter twin-turbo hybrid-gasoline V6. The latter will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. A GR Sport variant is rumored to be in the works as well and could potentially come with Toyota's also-new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8.
The next Lexus LX, which is expected in the US, will likely get the latter engine. Previous rumors pegged an official reveal sometime this spring, perhaps as soon as this month.