At least, as far as the US is concerned.
After months of rumors and intense speculation by the press, we can finally confirm that the Toyota Land Cruiser is officially on borrowed time here in the US market; the current-generation 200-series model will complete its run by the end of 2021, and Toyota's all-new replacement, the 900-series, will be sold pretty much everywhere but stateside.
The news was confirmed to Road & Track in an email from a Toyota USA spokesperson, and we can't say that it comes as any great shock. Toyota sold just over 3,500 Land Cruiser units in the country last year, and even fewer the year prior. And still fewer the year before that.
Still, the news will likely be upsetting to many off-road enthusiasts, who prize the Toyota Land Cruiser for its durable body-on-frame construction and bullet-proof reliability.
There's some encouraging news on that front, though; Toyota says that despite the Land Cruiser's discontinuation, "we remain committed to the large SUV segment and will continue to explore future products that celebrate the Land Cruiser's rich off-road history." The automaker concluded: "We encourage loyal enthusiasts and intrepid adventurers to stay tuned for future developments."
It's hard to imagine what that could point to besides the Land Cruiser's return at a later date, but that seems unlikely.
The current 200-series Toyota Land Cruiser has been in production since 2007, and to say that it's showing its age would be an understatement. Its all-new 900-series replacement is tipped to be revealed in April 2021 before going on sale as a 2022 model, with a much more contemporary, luxurious interior and an overhauled selection of modern tech.
But all that doesn't appear to be enough for Toyota to invest in bringing the model to the states, where the 4Runner occupies a similar spot among off-roaders while selling literally dozens of times the same volume.