Toyota has unveiled the new Land Cruiser 300 series. According to the Japanese carmaker, it decided to maintain the vehicle's body-on-frame structure because it "protects the Land Cruiser's character." To achieve its goal of creating the SUV capable of conquering any road without tiring the driver, Toyota has used the new GA-F platform for the vehicle, which is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
This has resulted in a lighter chassis that is also stiffer, as well as a vehicle with a lower center of gravity and a 200-kg weight reduction.
The total length, breadth, and wheelbase, as well as the departure and approach angles, remain unchanged from the preceding 200 series vehicle. That model measured 4,990 mm long, 1,980 mm wide, and had a wheelbase of 2,850 mm.
In terms of design, the new Land Cruiser also boasts a fresh look with LED lighting components that extend from the grille. The overall form isn't a huge difference from the previous generation, but the boxy design appears to be functional.
Much of the design was selected to aid the Land Cruiser's off-road capabilities. Toyota developed the bumpers to remain out of the way while going off-road. The placement of the lights was also chosen to avoid shattering lenses on the route.
The cockpit is focused on a large, central infotainment screen, yet buttons remain abundant, a move Toyota claims was made to keep items logical and easy to access in off-road circumstances. Users will be able to access the system's menus as well as the vehicle's many driving modes through large chunky buttons. Another indication that off-roading has been a key emphasis of the design is the presence of a switch for four High and four Low settings.
A gauge cluster with genuine physical dials also feels like a purposeful choice over today's instrument displays. However, an information display between the two gauges will allow at least some digital information to be presented.
A pair of twin-turbo V6 engines power everything. The first is a 3.5-liter V6 that operates on gasoline and develops 409 horsepower and 650 Newton-meters of torque. The second engine is a 3.3-liter V6 diesel that produces 304 horsepower but 700 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Although fuel efficiency estimates have not yet been released, Toyota says it hopes to lower CO2 emissions by 10% per year compared to the previous model.
The GR Sport variant, which was teased through a series of images and announced today, is believed to have more power and performance, but Toyota has not given any specifics about the vehicle.
Along with all of the off-road technology, there is also a significant amount of safety technology. Toyota has integrated its Toyota Safety Sense active safety package, which now includes two main safety features. At junctions, the first monitors incoming cars as well as pedestrians and bicycles on each side, while the second will help guide you away from a collision if it catches you attempting evasive action.