The iconic flagship SUV from Toyota has been around for more than 70 years. It’s sold more than 10 million units in 170 countries. Since 2007, we’ve been waiting desperately for an upgraded (if not all-new) version of the legendary off-roader. The good news is that Toyota has finally answered those calls with a vastly updated LC300. The bad news is it won’t be coming to Canada any time soon.
Nonetheless, the new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 will be equipped with the brand’s latest tech, a new platform, and a smaller yet more powerful twin-turbo 3.5L V6 engine. The new V6 will house 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, a full 30 hp and 80 lb-ft more than its larger predecessor.
Contrary to the critics on Instagram, Toyota hasn’t necessarily ditched the Land Cruiser’s off-roading roots, either. The new model is still four-wheel drive and over 400 pounds lighter than the LC200. With 230 mm of ground clearance, the approach angle has been kept at 32 degrees and the departure angle has the ability to reach 26.5 degrees.
It’ll also be fitted with something called adaptive variable suspension, an electronically controlled kinetic dynamic suspension stabilization (E-KDSS) system. Like some of its updated competitors, the new Land Cruiser will offer the Multi-Terrain Monitor that provides a real-time camera view of obstacles underneath the vehicle. When it comes to model options, buyers will have three trim levels to choose from: the ZX base model, the VX-R model, and the GR Sport edition.
According to industry insiders the new Land Cruiser will only be available in select markets. I presume this means markets such as the Middle-East, Russia, and eastern Europe. No word yet on when it might be coming to the US or Canada, but I have a good feeling we’ll be seeing it sooner than we think.