2022 Toyota Land Cruiser on sale this summer; hybrid arriving by 2023

After weeks of continued leaks from Japan and the Middle East, the highly anticipated 2022 Land Cruiser 300, a.k.a. Toyota LC300, was officially unveiled in Dubai, on June 9. Internally called ‘Toyota J300,’ it is the successor to the J200 Series Land Cruiser introduced in September 2007.

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In this story, we discuss everything known about the next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser 300. TopElectricSUV learns of a hybrid variant in development for the future, explaining the model’s tracking. Note that Toyota has not officially confirmed a hybrid for the LC family.

Exterior

The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser features a classic SUV design interpreted in a modern fashion, exactly how hardcore Toyota Land Cruiser fans and recurring customers prefer. 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.

The 2022 Toyota Land cruiser has a familiar silhouette but in a more stylish avatar. At the front, the three-eyed headlamps are slimmer, straighter, and more advanced technologically; the radiator grille has a cleaner design in a larger footprint and four horizontal slats instead of three, and the hood features a tubular recess in the center. The featured image shows multiple bumper designs, including a more rugged type for a ‘GR Sport’ variant.

On the sides, the greenhouse is stylish with a new rear quarter glass. The front windows also have a new design, but the change is noticeable. The outside rearview mirrors have a curvy shape. The LC200, in comparison, had a simpler greenhouse and ORVMs. At the rear, the tail lamps are slimmer, wider, and more advanced, and there’s no chrome strip on the tailgate to keep the design clean. Overall, the Toyota Land Cruiser now looks more upmarket and presentable to the elites and VIPs, who’d also form many customers worldwide.

Toyota Land Cruiser 70th anniversary edition

The 2022 Land Cruiser 70th Anniversary special edition model has a 70th Anniversary badge on the right-side D-pillar, chunky side sills, and premium 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with six lug nuts. We’ll know more details about it closer to launch.

Interior

Toyota has spruced up the interior of the Land Cruiser with a dashboard that looks slimmer, a more compact, car-like steering wheel, a floating widescreen infotainment system, and a neater floor console. There are many, even though fewer, analog controls, but that is just the way that hardcore Land Cruiser fans would prefer their car. The door handles have been borrowed from the new Toyota Venza (sold in Japan as the Toyota Harrier).

Euro-spec 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 interior
The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 has a more refined interior. Image Source: Toyota

The instrument panel has a much larger and more intuitive driver information display nestling between the speedometer and rev counter. Toyota is likely to offer a semi-digital instrument cluster in two versions. Both versions would have an analog speedometer and an analog tachometer. The base version would feature a small (probably 4.2-inch) driver information display between them, while the top-end version would have a large (probably 7-inch) driver information display instead. Toyota’s designers have drawn inspiration from the auto industry’s minimalist themes. However, the interior is still relatively traditional compared to big SUVs that have arrived in the last few years.

12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, head-up display, wireless charging, four-zone climate control system, six USB ports (two in the front and four in the rear) are some of the main comfort and convenience features officially revealed.

The LC300 is the first Toyota vehicle to feature a Multi-Terrain Monitor that displays the obstacles ahead from the driver’s point of view on the central display. It gives a real-time view of the road surface beneath and immediately surrounding the vehicle and the position of the wheels. A new Multi-Terrain Select system automatically selects the most suitable driving mode after judging the quality of the driving surface.

Variants

According to a document of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 series circulating on Japanese forums, the vehicle will be available in Japan in GX, AX, VX, ZX, and GR-S variants and with V6 turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. The GR-S variant is the most off-road-focused, with letters G and R denoting Toyota’s motorsport division Gazoo Racing.

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport
In Japan, the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will be available in GX, AX, VX, ZX, and GR-S trims and with V6 turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, as per bbs.kakaku.com. Image Source: Toyota

GR-S

The Land Cruiser 300 GR-S would be available in 5- and 7-seat versions. It will come with features like 18-inch Matte Gray alloy wheels, front and rear locking differentials, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), GR-S grille and bumper design, LED headlamps, electrically adjustable driver and front-passenger seats, start/stop button with GR-S branding, 9-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, and power tailgate. The touchscreen infotainment system will likely support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, gathering from the various sources.

It could be that due to the unique bumpers (with black cladding and towing hitch cover at the rear) and wheel arches, the LC 300 GR-S is reportedly 35 mm longer, 15 mm wider, and 10 mm taller than the regular LC 300. Interior space isn’t any different.

According to a spec sheet posted on Instagram account landcruiserupdates, the GR-S’s exclusive styling package will include black door handles and mirrors, a distinctive grille, and specially designed side steps also for its unique styling. Inside, carbon-fiber center console trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood trim and GR-S logo, and front headrests with GR-S logo will be among the visual differences from other trims.

ZX

ZX will be the top-end trim for customers focusing on comfort, convenience, and styling, it is reported. Unlike the GR-S trim, it will feature LED tail lamps with sequential turn indicators, kick-activated power tailgate, and 20-inch alloy wheels in a shiny finish. The grille and bumper designs of the ZR trim will also be exclusive. Instead of KDSS, Toyota will fit it with Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) for a comfy ride, it is said.

The ZX trim will feature a silver ORVM housing, side door molding, illuminated side steps, grille with silver and chrome plating, and fog lamps. Inside, wood trim will be used on the center console and steering wheel, with the latter wrapped in leather.

Specifications

Toyota says that the Land Cruiser 300 is either just about as long and wide as the Land Cruiser 200, depending on the variant. The same applies to the wheelbase and the departure and approach angles.

For the new Toyota Land Cruiser and the next-gen Toyota Prado, TMC has developed a new TNGA platform version, called TNGA-F. The frame of the 300 Series model that is 200 kg lighter than its predecessor. In what’s a world-first feature, an electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (e-KDSS) is available in the LC300. Toyota says that it provides great off-road performance, thanks to a larger suspension stroke achieved by effectively disabling the front and rear stabilizer bars.

Toyota has announced the 2022 Land Cruiser in three engine variants: FJA300, VJA300, and GRJ300:

Aspect\SpecificationFJA300 SpecsVJA300 SpecsGRJ300 Specs
Engine NameF33A-FTVV35A-FTS1GR-FE
Engine TypeTwin-Turbo DieselTwin-Turbo GasolineNaturally Aspirated Gasoline
Engine Displacement3.3-liter3.5-liter4.0-liter
Engine LayoutV6V6V6
Transmission10-speed automatic10-speed automatic6-speed automatic
Power227 kW (309 PS)305 kW (415 PS)TBA
Torque700 Nm650 NmTBA

On the Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid

When Toyota revealed its global electrification strategy at Auto Shanghai 2021 on April 19, its Australian subsidiary hinted that the company plans to electrify the Land Cruiser. Commenting on the announcement of the new strategy, Sean Hanley, the VP – Sales and Marketing, of Toyota Australia, said:

We will continue to evaluate the market in Australia and strive towards increasing to a powertrain mix that includes a form of electrification across our vehicle range by 2030, excluding GR and performance models.

Sean Hanley, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Toyota (Australia)

Australia is one of the biggest markets for the mammoth off-roader, and the company will have high hopes for the next-gen model in the region. Given the usually extended lifecycle of the LC family, it is obvious that the Land Cruiser would live beyond 2030 and take on electrification.

Euro-spec 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 profile
The 3.5L hybrid engine will replace the 5.7L V8 of the current Land Cruiser (pictured), and will match it on power and torque figures. Image Source: Toyota

According to a report from Best Car, a Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid is likely to arrive in the market about two years from launch. Instead of the dual-motor Toyota Hybrid System (THS II), a single-motor hybrid is planned for the Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid. The same 10-speed automatic transmission is likely to direct power to the wheels.

Previous reports have said that a mild-hybrid system is an optimal solution because full-hybrids are comparatively heavier, and the stock Toyota Land Cruiser is a leviathan.

Sticking to its legacy, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a ladder-frame chassis to retain its robustness and differentiate it from the unibody Toyota crossovers. With a 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. On the other hand, a mild-hybrid system is comparatively lighter. It 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.

Japanese media speculated that the 3.5-liter V6 is the engine variant that would be electrified. The next-gen Land Cruiser hybrid could see a 4WD on-demand system, putting the SUV on 2WD mode for day-to-day urban commutes and cutting down the fuel consumption.

Release Date

The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser will be launched first in Japan and the Middle East, with customer deliveries in the home market beginning between June and August. TMC could limit availability initially 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 model launches. The LC300 has been spotted on vehicle transporters, suggesting that the first dealer-bound units are on the way now.

In New Zealand, Toyota plans to begin LC300 deliveries in October, while for Australia, the company has stated the final quarter (October-December) as the launch timeline. The European launch is scheduled to take place a little earlier in the summer.

New Toyota Land Cruiser U.S. launch

Toyota Land Cruiser history
The new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser is unlikely to be sold in the USA. Image Source: Toyota

There are mixed signals on the launch of the next-generation Toyota Cruiser in the USA. A dealer employee has 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 in the new model 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. It looks like Toyota isn’t planning permanent discontinuation, and perhaps strong demand from key markets like the Middle East countries, Russia, and Australia has the headquarters prioritizing supply. The Land Cruiser accounts for 400,000 units/annum sales and is sold in over 170 countries (Sept 2019 data).

We’ll keep updating this page as we get new information.

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser FAQs

What is the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser release date?

Summer 2021 (June-August 2021) is the new Toyota Land Cruiser release date.

When is the Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid to launch?

Toyota is reportedly developing a Land Cruiser hybrid version which the Japanese media expect in showrooms in 2023.

What will be the price of the Toyota Land Cruiser hybrid?

The Land Cruiser hybrid is expected to cost from USD 90,000.

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