Japanese sources claim the inside word.
It's no secret that an all-new Toyota Land Cruiser is coming but there's still one major unanswered question: will it be sold in the US? A report from October claimed Toyota's legendary off-road SUV is finished in America. The new 300 Series will be limited to overseas markets only. Toyota has not yet officially commented on the matter but it's expected to relatively soon. Why? Because a new rumor coming from Japan's Best Car says the next Land Cruiser will debut in April 2021.
This will be the SUV's first major redesign in 13 years but many enthusiasts won't be pleased. The report claims the new Land Cruiser will not ride on the same body-on-frame chassis as the Tundra but rather a modified version of the existing setup. Fortunately, it'll receive significant suspension, 4WD system, and other off-road-focused improvements.
We already knew the naturally aspirated V8 is finished and will be replaced by a 3.5-liter turbo V6 with a hybrid system and a 3.3-liter turbo diesel. Another previous report indicated a more extreme GR off-road version is in the works as well. But the Land Cruiser's future US market status still isn't looking good. The demand for large SUVs is not what it once was and the Land Cruiser's $85,000 MSRP far exceeds that of newer rivals, such as the Ford Expedition.
Assuming the Land Cruiser is finished in the US, its slightly more luxurious and even pricier Lexus LX twin will suffer the same fate. Lexus will replace it with LQ, an all-new three-row crossover due sometime in 2021 or 2022.
Toyota continues to keep everything related to the 2021 Land Cruiser a closely guarded secret and we probably won't know for certain whether America will have it or not until the reveal date. On a sunnier note, Toyota truck fans can rest assured both the Tacoma and Tundra aren't going anywhere. Both will soon receive significant updates.
And there's the Toyota Sequoia and 4Runner. The Sequoia is essentially an SUV version of the Tundra while the 4Runner is classified as a midsize SUV. Both are also aging fast but sell in greater numbers than the Land Cruiser, so there's a decent chance that they'll receive major updates and not be discontinued.