This happens once a decade – the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser has changed a generation. The 200-series was replaced by a completely new Toyota Land Cruiser 300. With V6 Twin-Turbo engines instead of V8, a 10-speed “automatic”, a lightweight frame, an aluminum body, and, of course, a new design. Just look at him!
This year, the Toyota Land Cruiser family of SUVs celebrates its 70th anniversary, in honor of which the Land Cruiser Prado (J150) “anniversary” series was recently announced. However, it was not “Prado” that had the honor of being the first to step into the new decade, namely the older series, which was presented today at an online presence in the UAE. The new Land Cruiser 300 replaces the 200 Series Land Cruiser, which was produced from September 2007 to spring 2021 and was still retired.
Designers and engineers have tried to maintain a recognizable appearance, but at the same time achieve improved aerodynamics and reduced noise when driving. The radiator grille has become even more massive, the embossings of the body panels are emphatically embossed, the side mirror mounts “slid” down, and the window sill line, approaching the front body pillars, is now famously bent up.
The LC 300 is based on the new GA-F platform. The frame structure and permanent four-wheel drive with three differential locks are retained. The frame itself is made of high-strength steel with extensive use of laser welding. The rigidity of the new structure is 20% higher than the previous one, while its weight was reduced by as much as 200 kg. The body pillars, sills, and rear fenders are also steel, while the rest of the components, including the doors, are aluminum.
The SUV received an adaptive suspension, for the tuning of which the pilots of the Dakar rally-raid were attracted, the new E-KDSS stabilization system, and the Multi-Terrain Select system, which can independently determine the coverage and select the optimal settings for driving modes. A new feature of the model is the Multi-Terrain Monitor system with a 3D effect, which allows the driver to see in real-time the road surface under and directly around the car, as well as the position of the wheels. However, as the developers note, the new Land Cruser feels more confident not only off-road but also on asphalt.
The interior design combines 200 motifs in the form of the characteristic shape of the side elements of the center console and a completely new arrangement of the remaining components: air ducts of the climate system, free-standing multimedia display with a diagonal of 9 to 12.3 inches, depending on the configuration. The list of options includes a head-up display, an active noise cancellation system, a new generation panoramic view, an air ionizer, an electric tailgate, and a contactless opening sensor. At the same time, the instrument panel retains the classic tachometer and speedometer dials, complemented by a large central display with auxiliary information.
The second-generation Toyota Safety Sense complex is responsible for passive safety. It includes adaptive cruise control operating across the entire speed range, lane control and keeping, adaptive high beam, and automatic emergency braking. By the way, auto-braking is now able to recognize pedestrians and cyclists day and night. When turning at intersections, the automation can also recognize a potential collision hazard both with an oncoming vehicle and with pedestrians crossing the road around the bend. And the “smart” parking brake detects obstacles in front and behind the car when driving slowly in a parking lot, as well as approaching vehicles and pedestrians when reversing from the parking lot.
V8 engines, as expected, are a thing of the past. The new LC 300 will be equipped with dual supercharged engines. The base 3.5-liter petrol unit produces 415 hp. and 650 Nm. The alternative is a 3.3-liter diesel engine with 309 hp. and 700 Nm. The transmission is a 10-speed automatic for both gasoline and diesel Land Cruisers.
Serial production of the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 has already started, as evidenced by the pictures of cars covered with factory films from different countries. The global start of sales will take place this summer, but prices have not yet been announced.