Big changes are reportedly coming to the iconic SUV.
Despite being over a decade old, the current Toyota Land Cruiser continues to be a strong seller. In fact, sales for the Land Cruiser saw an increase of nearly 10 percent in 2019 on rumors that it may be getting discontinued. Toyota has updated the iconic SUV over the years but the current model has been on sale since 2008, so a replacement is long overdue. According to a report by Japan's Best Car Web, the next-generation Land Cruiser will debut in a few months with some significant changes.
Under the hood, the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser will reportedly adopt a hybrid powertrain. Specifically, it will utilize Toyota's 3.5-liter V6 hybrid powertrain, which will replace the Land Cruiser's 4.6-liter V8 that develops a stout 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque in the US-spec model.
It isn't clear, however, if the 5.7-liter V8 that powers the US version will also be replaced by Toyota's electrified powertrain. The publication adds that the next-gen Land Cruiser will utilize Toyota's TNGA platform, which will make the SUV much lighter than its predecessor. Hopefully, this will make up for the new Land Cruiser's power reduction. The current Cruiser's ladder-frame structure will be retained, and the six-speed automatic gearbox will reportedly be replaced by a CVT transmission with "full-time 4WD."
Considering the rugged pedigree of the Land Cruiser, the possible adoption of a CVT is hard to believe, but stranger things have happened.
Don't expect any dramatic styling changes since Toyota won't want to alienate fans of the long-running SUV, but the new Land Cruiser is expected to adopt a new trapezoidal grille that features on other new models like the all-new Toyota Corolla, which will give the SUV a more modern look. Inside, the new Land Cruiser will offer seating for up to eight occupants with a three-row seating option, or five occupants in the two-row seater version.
Best Car Web claims the new Toyota Land Cruiser will debut in August this year, so it's probably only a matter of time before spy shots of camouflaged prototypes being tested emerge online.