It will be incredibly off-road capable.
The rumor mill is spinning quickly as new details continued to leak about the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser. This new model is rumored to debut on August 1 and leaked design sketches give a rough idea of what it will look like. We've known for some time that the next-generation Land Cruiser will sport significant changes under the hood, dropping the existing V8 in favor of more efficient options. Now, we have a clearer picture of what will power it.
A newly leaked dealer bulletin posted to Kakaku claims the base Land Cruiser will use a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 borrowed from the Lexus LS 500. This engine will produce 420 horsepower and 434 lb-ft and likely come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The gasoline Land Cruiser will come in three trim levels: the entry GX, mid-level AX, and top VX. The base GX trim will reportedly include three-row seating with manual seat adjustment, full LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and an optional rear locking differential.
Other standard features include a nine-inch touchscreen, though a 12-inch display with JBL audio will be available too. Stepping up to the AX will add ventilated seats, nicer wheels, and wood trim, while the VX should be similar to the current luxurious US-spec Land Cruiser.
A ZX trim level will swap the gasoline engine for a 3.3-liter turbodiesel V6 producing 309 hp and 507 lb-ft of torque. This model will include 20-inch wheels and a standard limited-slip differential. At the top of the Land Cruiser lineup, a Gazoo Racing-developed GR-S trim level will add off-road equipment such as front and rear locking differentials and more substantial tires wrapped around smaller 18-inch wheels. No hybrid version is mentioned, but the dealer expects one to arrive in 2022.
While this leak sounds exciting, it doesn't seem like this new Land Cruiser will some stateside after the current model was recently discontinued. Instead, we could receive a Lexus-branded vehicle with similar capability.