That's one way to style one of the toughest cars on the planet.
In the US, people look to cars like the Ford F-150 Raptor, Jeep Wrangler, and Ford Bronco when hardcore off-road action is called for. For the rest of the world, that responsibility falls almost solely on the Toyota Land Cruiser. Unfortunately, the Land Cruiser is no longer sold in the USA, and we won't be getting our hands on the all-new model either.
Instead, the US will be getting the Lexus LX. Due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage, both the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX have seen production delays, but while we wait, digital creator Kelsonik has come up with a slick version of the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser 300, and it's making us green with envy.
The new Toyota Land Cruiser replaces the outgoing 200 Series that debuted in 2007 and adopts the new GA-F platform based on the TNGA architecture, which means a proper body-on-frame design. The new Land Cruiser has been designed with off-roading in mind, hence the high ride-height and chunky tires and high bumpers.
Kelsonik throws that all away by lowering the 300 and adding a set of massive multi-spoke wheels on low-profile rubber. Small styling changes such as a black grille and black grille frame also add to this Cruiser's meaner looks. The styling changes are subtle, and we think many new owners will adopt a similar look, but at the cost of off-road capability.
The real new Land Cruiser drops the traditional V8 engine in favor of a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine producing 409 horsepower, or a 3.3-liter diesel mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission which sends power to all four wheels. There's a low-range transfer box on standby, ready to turn this machine into an unstoppable off-road force.
The 300 Series features a new Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Multi-Terrain Monitor, and Multi-Terrain Select which helps with maintaining grip and overall wheel articulation. We'd recommend leaving the new Land Cruiser as is, but what do we care, we're not getting it stateside anyway.