Waiting period for 2022 Land Cruiser 5 years; will it delay the hybrid’s launch?

Picking up from Japanese media reports, the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser has an insanely long waiting period. Citing a dealer source, Japanese publication Web Cartop reported in August that some customers need to wait five years for the delivery of their Land Cruiser 300. As Toyota is having trouble meeting the demand, it’s unclear if the Land Cruiser 300 hybrid will be able to launch on time.

Toyota unveiled the highly anticipated 2022 Land Cruiser 300 in Dubai on June 9, 2021. Internally called ‘Toyota J300,’ this new-generation model is the successor to the J200 Series Land Cruiser introduced in September 2007.

In this story, we discuss everything known about the Toyota LC300. 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.

Insane demand

Demand for the Land Cruiser 300 is off the charts. Toyota launched it in Japan on August 2, 2021, and it says on its Japanese website that customers who ordered from that day onwards may need to wait for one year or more for the delivery.

The report at the dealers is worse. As per the Web Cartop report, dealers are telling buyers that four to five years is the waiting period. It is said that there’s an overwhelming demand from overseas markets like countries in the Middle East and Toyota has decided to reduce Japan’s quota from 5,000 to 4,000 units in 2021. According to a report from Response, Toyota is exporting at least 90% of the total Land Cruiser 300 production to the Middle East, Russia, and Australia. The Middle East is earmarked more than half of the total production.

Video Source: YouTube/Toyota Global

Before the Japanese launch, in July 2021, a report from creative311.com said that LC300 pre-orders in Japan were closing in on 20,000 units, but Toyota plans to produce only about 600-700 units a month.

According to a report from mag-x.jp, the company is making customers submit a written pledge that they will comply and not purchase the LC 300 with the intention of reselling/exporting it. Following this requirement, orders have come down to about 15,000, which is still 20 times the planned production. Toyota has a suspicion that instead of individual users, resellers are purchasing it for exports.

It also emerged in the media that COVID-19 restrictions in Southeast Asia have led to parts shortages and Toyota had to halt the Land Cruiser 300 production for part of August 2021 and this month (September 2021).

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 (also called 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 offers a semi-digital instrument cluster in two versions, both with an analog speedometer and an analog tachometer. The base version features a 4.2-inch driver information display between them, while the top-end version has a 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.

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.

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)271 kW
Torque700 Nm650 Nm385 Nm

On the Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid

When Toyota revealed its global electrification strategy at Auto Shanghai 2021 on April 19, 2021, 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
Reports say that the 3.5L hybrid engine will match the power and torque figures of the earlier V8, while not compromising on fuel efficiency. 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 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

Toyota had planned to launch the new Land Cruiser in Australia in Q4 2021 (October – December 2021), but now it’s reconsidering. The Australian launch is indefinitely delayed, and New Zealand deliveries could also be up in the air, straying from the original plan of October 2021.

New Toyota Land Cruiser U.S. launch

Toyota Land Cruiser history
The new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser is unlikely to arrive in American showrooms. Image Source: Toyota

There are mixed signals on the launch of the next-generation Toyota Cruiser in the USA. A dealer employee had posted that the company will discontinue the iconic nameplate once MY2021 run out. However, a dealer source cited in a caranddriver.com report has suggested that Toyota could drive in the new model sometime in 2022.

“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 300,000 units/annum sales and is sold in over 170 countries (June 2021 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?

The new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is now on sale in the Middle East and Japan.

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 could cost from USD 90,000.

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