New Toyota Land Cruiser Will Have Some Big Changes Under The Hood

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But will it come to the US?

While the Toyota Land Cruiser will be discontinued in America after the 2021 model year, work on the next-generation model is already underway for other markets. A replacement is long overdue considering the current-generation Land Cruiser has been on sale since 2008, making it one of the oldest models still on sale.

According to a new report by Autoweek, the all-new Land Cruiser 300 Series will have some significant changes under the hood. Allegedly, the next-generation off-roader will ditch its V8 engine in favor of a new range of V6 gasoline and diesel engines.

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One of these new engine options is expected to be a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. A more efficient hybrid version will also reportedly be offered along with a 3.3-liter six-cylinder diesel, which could be a big seller for Toyota in markets where the rugged Land Cruiser is still popular.

By contrast, the current Land Cruiser is only offered with a gas-guzzling 5.7-liter V8 generating 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque in the US, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In terms of dimensions, the new Land Cruiser is expected to be roughly around the same size as its predecessor.

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This will allow it to slot above the smaller Land Cruiser Prado (that's the Lexus GX in the US) and the Fortuner, which aren't sold in the US. It will also be a lot lighter than the outgoing Land Cruiser, yet still offer exceptional off-road capability.

Given that sales of the current Land Cruiser have rapidly declined in the US over the years (a paltry 3,500 units were sold in the US last year), it seems unlikely that Toyota will sell the all-new version in America. Don't rule out the possibility just yet, however. While the new Land Cruiser is expected to debut in April and go on sale for the 2022 model year overseas, rumors suggest a US version could arrive a year or two later, so there's hope.

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Source Credits: Autoweek

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