TopElectricSUV readers from the Middle East have great expectations from the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser or the Toyota Land Cruiser 300. We reached out readers who pride themselves as a super fans and loyalists of the LC, having owned it for a decade, to know what Toyota Motor Corporation needs to fix or improve with the incoming SUV. Here’s a summary of Toyota’s legendary frame SUV by Muhammad Ibrahim Jafar & Fahd Munish –
The Land Cruiser has been around since 1951. It all started when the Japanese government wanted a jeep-like car for military purposes. Japanese government asked Toyota and Nissan to manufacture a car like the Jeep Willys. After they came up with their product, the Japanese government only accepted Toyota’s car and this is how the Toyota J Series started.
In 1955, after the war, Toyota realized that this car can be a success if sold to the public, so to sell them in showrooms, Toyota made changes suitable for the public’s use (the original version was a military-based car). This was the Toyota J20 (or Toyota Land Cruiser J20 Series). In Toyota, J stands for Land Cruiser, B stands for the diesel engine and F stands for the petrol engine, so it was also known as BJ20 and FJ20. This is how the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser started out, watch out when the beginnings are humble!
Toyota Land Cruiser J200
The current generation is called the J200 Series. It has been around for about 14 years. The original was a 2008 model unveiled in late 2007. It received 2 facelifts, first in 2011 as a 2012 model and second in 2015 as a 2016 model. From 2016 to 2021, there have been no major changes apart from a change in the grille, new bumper kits and smoked headlights for selected specs. Although the Land Cruiser J200 has been around for a very long time, both Land Cruiser and its mechanical twin, the Lexus LX570 are still sought after in some parts of the world where they have unmatched brand strength.
What makes the Land Cruiser special is that Toyota, in general, is one of the most reliable automotive brands and the Land Cruiser is a tough machine that can withstand any kind of abuse, in other words, it is simply too strong to break.
On the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser (Toyota Land Cruiser J300)
The information that follows is a compilation of what is already available in the public domain, none of which is officially validated.
The launch of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser J300 Series is exciting news for many, especially Land Cruiser fans. Its new generation is something almost everyone in our community have waited for. The new Land Cruiser will have three engine options and the main engine, replacing the 5.7-litre V8 will be a 3.5-litre Twin-Turbo V6.
Many fans are sad about V8 leaving the Land Cruiser. However, according to the specification chart of Lexus LS, which uses the same engine, the new V6 has more output. It is also said to have a 10-speed automatic gearbox, which suggests that gear shifts will be short, which should make the overall pickup/acceleration of the car smooth and quicker than the J200 Series, and max fuel efficiency when cruising.
The J300 Series interior was leaked a while ago and it looks like Toyota is taking the all-new Land Cruiser to the next level of luxury. The overall interior design has a lot of Lexus-like features than a Toyota, which is a good thing. It is said to have a 12.3-inch screen and from the interior spy shots, the dashboard seems to have almost full leather. Another Lexus like feature is the new 3 LED squared projector, similar to the Lexus LX570.
On the Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is said to have 2 new models that have not been available before, Land Cruiser GR and Land Cruiser Hybrid. Land Cruiser GR can be either an off-road focused model, like the Xtreme or TRD models or it could be a performance-focused car. The Toyota Land Cruiser J300 Hybrid is however the more exciting news.
One of the biggest issues with Land Cruiser is that it is thirsty for fuel. For a huge car to run, it needs a powerful engine, which needs a lot of fuel to work. The fuel consumption of the 3.5-litre Twin-Turbo V6 is said to be 10.1 km/l. This is better than the previous model but still not efficient. Hybrid can change Land Cruiser to even become the most fuel-efficient large SUV in the world. Some reports were claiming for the new Lexus LX J300 Series, most probably called LX600, to have a hybrid option as well but it is not a confirmation. Nevertheless, the Land Cruiser Hybrid is an excellent idea.
As a person who owned Land Cruiser J200 Series for almost 10 years, one thing I know is that this SUV has amazing reliability and will only surprise owners by showing how long it can last. This facet has to preserved at all costs with the incoming Land Cruiser and the hybrid variant.
Here’s all the information that is circulating on social media on the 2022 Land Cruiser:
Colours (including some of the new colours)
- Snow White 090 / Arctic White 090
- Dark Blue 8X8 / Indigo 8X8
- Grey-Silver Titanium type colour (4V8)
- Pearl White 070
- Silver 1F7
- Magnetic Grey Metallic 1G3
- Black Metallic 218
- Maroon 3Q3
Tyre and Wheel Size
The wheels will have 6 lug nuts, Current generation has 5 lug nuts.
Certain specs of the new Land Cruiser 300 will have diff locks (Locking Differential) for both the front and rear axle.
- Wheelbase: 2850mm
- Width: 1980mm
- Height: 1900mm
- Length: 4950mm
Toyota Land Cruiser J300 Series is a car we, Muhammad Ibrahim Jafar & Fahd Munish, of the Instagram page Land Cruiser Updates (@landcruiserupdates) and Land Cruiser (@land.cruiser_) have been waiting on for over 2 years. Now our question is if the new Land Cruiser is getting Lexus like features and design, how upmarket would the 2022 Lexus LX600 have to go?
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