The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser or Land Cruiser 300 release date has reportedly been pushed back because of the shortage in the supply of parts that use semiconductors. Automakers globally are faced with this issue, which is leading to factory shutdowns and delayed launches.
A new report from Best Car says that the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is now expected to go up for pre-orders in Japan in May, followed by the launch in July and delivery commencement in August. Previously, the announcements were expected to begin late this month, with pre-orders beginning in April and the launch in May.
Production of the outgoing model, the Toyota Land Cruiser 200, ended a few weeks ago. Dealers in Toyota’s overseas markets, including the U.S., could be having some stock of the Toyota LC 200. There could be a heavy demand in the extreme SUV’s key markets like Australia and the Middle East, with the rumours circulating on the web that this will be the last Toyota Land Cruiser V8 ever sold.
Last month, possible details on the the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser’s powertrains have emerged online, and we had updated the Specifications section accordingly. The same month, the interior and exterior had partially leaked from what seemed like an early preview of the car. blog.autospot.ru, the publication which had released pictures, said that the Toyota LC 300 is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser exterior
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 features a classic SUV design interpreted in a modern fashion, exactly the way hardcore Toyota Land Cruiser fans and recurring customers would prefer it. Upright pillars and fascias, high-positioned hood, straight body lines, and a boxy silhouette pay little heed to aerodynamics, but that’s what being “style worthy of the cream of the 4WD crop” demands.
With a stance just as muscular and imposing as the current Toyota Land Cruiser, the next-gen Toyota LC 300 offers fancier design elements like slimmer, three-eyed LED headlamps. The radiator grille appears to have a new, rectangular frame, but like on the old model, it holds on to the three horizontal slats. The center section of the hood could be hollowed like that of the current model. At the back, the tail lamps are slimmer, which should complement the new headlamps in making the old-school SUV more presentable to the elites and VIPs, who’d also form a large base of customers.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser interior
The Toyota Land Cruiser 2022 interior is relatively traditional if compared against the other big SUVs that have arrived in the last few years. Toyota’s designers are taking inspiration from the auto industry’s minimalist themes, as evident in the slimmer dashboard, the floating touchscreen infotainment system, and the bridge-type center console.
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The three-spoke steering wheel and horizontal AC vents in the center lend a car-like feel in what’s otherwise a proper SUV. At the same time, the lever-type gear shifter, the myriad of physical controls, and the analogue instrument panel keep the Toyota LC 300 rather traditional. Thankfully, the instrument panel has a much larger and more intuitive driver information display nestling between the speedometer and rev counter.
Technically the LC 300 may be almost entirely different from the monocoque Toyota SUVs, but still, there will be some parts-sharing. One of the spy shots of the upcoming Land Cruiser floating on the web shows that the interior rear door handles are borrowed from the new Toyota Venza (Toyota Harrier).
For the next generation Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota has reportedly developed a new version of the TNGA platform, called TNGA-F. The Land Cruiser accounts for sales of 400,000 units/annum and is sold in over 170 countries (Sept 2019 data).
The next generation 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is said to be released with a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine and a 3.3-liter V6 turbo diesel engine. The 3.5-liter gasoline unit will serve as a replacement for the 5.7-liter V8 which is being axed due to tightening emission norms. However, there is evidence of a naturally aspirated gasoline engine as well.
According to the information TopElectricSUV.com has accessed on Toyota-Tech.eu, Toyota’s technical database for Europe, the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will come in three engine variants: FJA300, GRJ300, and VJA300, powered by engines internally called F33A-FTV, 1GR-FE, and V35A-FTS.
The F33A-FTV is believed to be a 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine. The 1GR-FE is a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine that dates back to 2002 when the 2003 Toyota 4Runner debuted. It has done duty in many models since, including the classic Toyota Land Cruiser (70) and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. This engine has been updated through the years, and it could have been improved further for the Toyota Land Cruiser 300. The V35A-FTS is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine, and it is currently available in the Lexus LS. In the full-size Lexus sedan, it produces 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid
According to a recent report from Best Car, a Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid is likely to arrive in the market about two years from the time of launch. Instead of the dual-motor Toyota Hybrid System (THS II), a single-motor hybrid system is planned for the Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid where a 10-speed automatic transmission would send power to wheels, the report adds.
Previous reports have said that a mild-hybrid system would be a more optimal solution because full-hybrids are comparatively heavier, and the stock Toyota Land Cruiser is already a leviathan.
Sticking to its legacy, the Toyota Land Cruiser will have a ladder-frame chassis to retain its robustness and differentiate it from the unibody Toyota crossovers even in the next generation. With an already heavy body-on-frame platform, further weight in the form of bulky batteries would be counter-productive, and might not see the SUV achieve its CO2 target. A mild-hybrid system on the other hand is comparatively lighter, and could knock off a chunk of the SUV’s emissions (at least during its regulatory testing) thanks to its start-stop system and regenerative braking with energy recuperation.
It was already speculated that the 3.5-liter turbo hybrid is the ‘eco’ variant in question, one that mirrors the power and torque outputs of the eight-cylinder 5.7-liter engine. The V8 puts out 381 hp (284 kW) and 544 Nm (401 lb.ft) of torque, and it is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and a full time 4WD system with Toyota’s A-TRAC traction control. The next gen Land Cruiser hybrid could see a 4WD on demand system, which would put the SUV on 2WD mode for day-to-day urban commutes, and cut down the fuel consumption.
A recent report from Japan’s MagX magazine discussed possible dimensions of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 while also stating that the all-new model won’t be available with a hybrid powertrain right from the launch. The next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser will reportedly grow, as represented below.
|Dimension\Specification||Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (Japan)||2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (Japan)|
|Length||4,950 mm (194.9 in.)||4,970 mm (195.7 in.)|
|Width||1,980 mm (78.0 in.)||1,985 mm (78.1 in.)|
|Height||1,870 mm (73.6 in.)/1,880 mm (74.0 in.)||1,960 mm (77.2 in.)|
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser U.S. launch
There are mixed signals on the launch of the next generation Toyota Cruiser in the USA, with a dealer employee having posted that the company will discontinue sales of the iconic nameplate once stocks of the MY2021 run out. However, a dealer source cited in a caranddriver.com report has suggested that Toyota could drive the new model in sometime next year.
“It’s gone for 2022, but I think it’ll be back soon and way more modern and luxurious,” the dealer source of C/D said in December last year. Here it looks like Toyota isn’t planning a permanent discontinuation and perhaps strong demand from key markets like the Middle East countries, Russia, and Australia has the headquarters prioritizing supply.
In fear of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser being the last-ever LC sold in the USA, more customers have been placing orders. A Toyota spokesperson has told caranddriver.com that interest and traffic at dealerships has increased since the discontinuation of the 200 series was announced. Toyota sold 606 units of the Land Cruiser in the USA in December 2020, marking a 68% increase (Y-o-Y). In January 2021, the company sold 689 Land Cruisers, 221% more than in January 2020.
We’ll keep updating this page as we get new information.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser FAQs
What is the Toyota Land Cruiser hybrid’s release date?
The Hybrid variant is expected to be revealed around early 2023.
What SUVs are to rival the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser?
The Land Cruiser hybrid will rival the Land Rover Discovery Hybrid/Range Rover Hybrid & Mercedes GLS 580 hybrid.
What will be the price of the Toyota Land Cruiser hybrid?
The Land Cruiser hybrid is expected to cost from USD 90,000.