Is this the new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser?

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Words: Matthew Hansen
7 Apr 2021

Patent drawings purporting to show the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series have emerged online, fueling further speculation about one of the Japanese marque’s most iconic nameplates.

It’s understood that apart from a 50mm extension in wheelbase, the next-gen Landy’s dimensions will be similar to those of the outgoing model. Looking at the patent drawings, the styling also appears set to be more a case of evolution than revolution.

While crude, the exterior illustrations show similar use of character lines to the existing Land Cruiser 200 Series, with the addition of a larger grille, and reworked fascias front and rear. These tweaks point to a vehicle that’s more likely to be based on an existing platform rather than based on something all-new.

On top of the exterior drawings, drawings showing the dashboard and individual components within have surfaced — the latter shown in what appears to be an instructional diagram, possibly for Toyota technicians.

The new dashboard brings the Land Cruiser into line with the rest of Toyota’s line-up for aesthetics. The illustration shows a ‘tiered’-style set-up; the primary screen integrated into the same central unit as the main air conditioning vents (there’s also a set of vents for second-row occupants, with what appears to be a digital screen attached).

Maybe most curious of all is the instructional diagram image. Among other things, the illustration shows a ‘GR Sport’ start button. GR stands for Gazoo Racing, and features heavily on most of Toyota’s new sports-orientated offerings — including the C-HR GR, GR Supra, and much revered GR Yaris. It’s thought that the button is evidence of a GR Land Cruiser being in the works.

Said Land Cruiser is highly unlikely to utilise a V8 engine. While powertrain options are far from confirmed for the model, it’s been widely tipped that a V8 will no longer feature.

Instead, a series of V6 options have been mooted — including the 1GR-FE 4.0-litre petrol V6 from the Prado, F33A-FTV 3.3-litre turbo-diesel six (an engine still in development), and flagship V35A-FTS 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 hybrid (borrowed from the Lexus LS 500).

While the Land Cruiser is expected to continue to be offered in New Zealand and Australia, the model is set to be wiped from showrooms in America at the end of this year. It’s rumoured that the Lexus version of the Land Cruiser may still appear stateside, but time will tell.

 

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