The Toyota Land Cruiser has been a dependable go-to utility automobile for many years, a lot of which is because of its easy body-on-frame setup and subsequent sturdiness. Although it was a dependable system, the ageing platform didn’t do the SUV any favors within the U.S., nonetheless, and it was discontinued right here in 2021.
In a way, the Land Cruiser wanted a breather, however it’ll quickly be able to cruise once more.
Toyota teased the return of the Land Cruiser with a silhouetted picture of an unique FJ40 Land Cruiser subsequent to the brand new one but to come back.
Together with the picture, Toyota dropped a small assertion that claims: “With 65 years of heritage, you possibly can select to decelerate or reinvent your self. We selected the latter.”
Granted, there’s not a lot to go on, however there’s been sufficient data within the wild that paints a very good image of what to anticipate. The primary and most clear picture comes from Toyota’s luxurious model Lexus, which simply unveiled the 2024 GX final month. This rugged, blocky new search for the GX all however matches the form of the hidden automotive within the teaser picture.
This falls in keeping with the data swirling round that the following U.S.-bound Land Cruiser can be primarily based on the Land Cruiser Prado, a smaller SUV in Toyota’s Land Cruiser household that’s offered in different nations. It’s additionally the premise for — prepare — the Lexus GX and has been for the reason that SUV’s debut within the early 2000s.
So with this teaser picture totally Sherlocked, what can we count on from the brand new Land Cruiser in 2024? Whereas the GX ought to describe the general type of its Toyota twin, it’s possible that Toyota will lean extra into the aforementioned 65 years of heritage for inspiration for fashion cues.
By way of powertrain, a V8 is unlikely, provided that the GX is obtainable with a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 that outclasses the last-gen GX’s V8, whipping up 349 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. There’s a hybrid model deliberate although particulars have but to be introduced. With this in thoughts, it’s unlikely that the Land Cruiser would differ too drastically from this.
So if the following Land Cruiser is principally the Lexus GX, wouldn’t that eat the luxurious SUV’s lunch? Cynically talking, on some stage, it’s all the identical to Toyota, however extra to the purpose, the Land Cruiser may fill the spot between the rough-and-tumble Toyota 4Runner and the luxury-focused GX. Being a bit of extra upscale than the previous and probably extra off-road-ready than the latter, the newest Land Cruiser may hit a really satisfying candy spot for these out there for a flexible utility automobile, notably if the value is correct. If we’re fortunate, we’d even get a TRD model of the Land Cruiser, which might give it an enormous off-road improve and one thing the Lexus would by no means get.
For now, we’ll froth over the chances and proceed to fantasize about what’s to come back, simply the impact the teaser was meant to set off.
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