Spy shots from the factory give us a great look at the nose.
We've now seen patent drawings of the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser, both inside and out. We've caught a few renders as well but today we have some very convincing spy shots of the 300 Series SUV. Caught by CocheSpias.net, it looks tougher, sharper and more modern than the current model.
The future of the Land Cruiser in the States is still up in the air, as the name is discontinued after 2021. Alternatively, we could just keep the platform-mate Lexus LX, which has the same specs and can-do off-road attitude. It's also about $1,200 more expensive than the Toyota version.
We know a few things so far about the next Land Cruiser. We're expecting it to use the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Lexus LS and maybe even wear a GR badge. Expect this engine to produce 420 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque and come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It will also spawn a hybrid version, which could also mirror the sedan. We guarantee four-wheel drive and locking differentials for a ton of credibility in the dirt.
We've reported that the gasoline Land Cruiser will come in three trim levels: the entry GX, mid-level AX, and top VX. The base GX trim will include three-row seating with manual seat adjustment, full LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and an optional rear locking differential.
As for the interior, in the patent pictures we can see a larger floating screen in the center of the dashboard, new four-wheel drive controls, and a surround view camera. The vents have moved to below. Ahead of the driver, there appears to be a larger gauge cluster, possibly a 12.3-inch digital display that could either be standard or optional.
These photos are all from behind a fence, and the original poster says these were taken at the factory. That they look like the drawings and renderings we've seen make them all the more plausible. We've asked Toyota for a comment, and will update when we hear back.