Another GR-badged Toyota is forbidden fruit in the US.
The covers finally came off the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series in June, although it sadly won't be sold in the United States. Improved in every way, the Land Cruiser showcased a complete redesign and new powertrains. It has now officially been launched and, although we already know a lot about the rugged SUV, we now have more information regarding the sporty GR Sport model as well as pricing for the Japanese market. Using feedback from drivers that participated in the Dakar Rally, the Land Cruiser GR Sport is significantly modified over other versions in the lineup.
For starters, the GR Sport comes with an Electronic-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS) which automatically controls the front and rear stabilizers independently. Standard on the GR Sport, it allows for better road-holding after jumps at medium to high speeds in undulating sections. This special Land Cruiser also gets both front and rear electronic differential locks, uniquely shaped bumpers that improve durability in off-road conditions, and it is said to have the longest wheel articulation of any prior Land Cruiser. Outside, it's identifiable by its Mud Grey 18-inch wheels, black exterior trim, and unique grille treatment.
The GR Sport also receives sporty interior adornments in the form of a black and red color scheme, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a GR emblem, and a special GR-themed screen when the T-Connect navigation system is fitted.
Whereas the GR badge signifies enhanced on-road performance in the case of the Supra and wildly popular GR Yaris, the Land Cruiser GR Sport is an even more formidable off-roader than the regular 300 Series.
Many of the other technical specifications that apply to the entire 300 Series lineup are already known, such as the implementation of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel. There are some nifty new features too, such as a start switch with fingerprint recognition, the first time this technology has been used on any Toyota.
Other highlights include an available rear Torsen LSD to improve rear wheel traction, a body that's around 441 pounds lighter than before, a multi-terrain monitor, and a Multi Terrain Select system with six driving modes, including Mud, Deep Snow, Rock, Sand, Dirt, and Auto.
In Japan, the trims are the GX, AX, VX, GR Sport, and ZX. The diesel is only offered in GR Sport and ZX grades. The diesel models as well as the GX seat five occupants, while all other trims seat seven. As for the price, the GX starts things off at 5,100,000 yen (equivalent to around $46,481 at current rates). The most expensive gas model is the GR Sport at 7,700,000 yen ($70,177). The diesel will cost 7,600,000 yen ($69,265) in ZX guise and 8,000,000 yen ($72,911) for the GR Sport. The new Land Cruiser will take part in an unveiling event at Japanese dealers from August 21.