The 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series will be uncovered toward the finish of May 2021, internal documents have uncovered.
While the specific date has not been affirmed, Toyota will officially uncover the new LandCruiser within the next fortnight, when the organization’s internal embargo will lift.
The mysterious Toyota documents published on Instagram stated: “Due to Global Embargo, design images are not available until the end of May 2021.”
Other beforehand unknown insights regarding the new model were additionally revealed in the leak.
The 300 Series will include an aluminum roof, which has been “adopted to enhance fuel-efficiency through weight reduction”, as well as bringing down the vehicle’s center-of-gravity.
Four model variants have been uncovered for South Africa – the source nation of the document leak. The base-model GX-R will be offered with diesel, while the GR-S version from Gazoo Racing will be accessible with both diesel and petrol.
The range-topping ZX – expected to be badged as the Sahara ZX in Australia – will likewise be offered with both diesel and petrol powertrains.
Data out of Japan proposes there will be two V6 engines – a 3.3-liter turbo diesel offering 227kW and 687Nm, and 3.5-liter twin-turbo petrol with 309kW and 589Nm.
It’s expected both engines will be mated to 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Proceeding with a trend that started with the 100 Series, Toyota is required to offer the LandCruiser in two main forms: a plush on-road-focused vehicle, or a robust and capable off-road-bound four-wheel-drive.
South African purchasers will get on-street solace with the section level LandCruiser GX-R and flagship LandCruiser ZX, both fitted independent front suspension, while the backside will use a four-link set-up.
Suspension for the off-road LandCruiser GR-S – created by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance division – will be founded on an updated version of the organization’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, found in the current 200 Series.
To be known as ‘E-KDSS’, the system is required to drop hydraulics in favor of electronics to change the vehicle’s sway bars on the road, as well as permitting them to be totally disconnected for most extreme articulation during off-roading.
A version of Toyota’s ‘Adaptive Variable Suspension’ (AVS) will be fitted to both GR-S and ZX levels, which uses computers to either solidify or relax the shock absorbers, contingent upon the street surface. Drivers can likewise select from five different driving modes, as well as customizing their own favored set-up.
While the GR-S will get differential locks front and back, the range-topping ZX will rather be offered with a torque-sensing limited-slip differential.
The ZX likewise gets more luxurious appointments, for example, 20-inch wheels, illuminated side-steps, and a kick-sensor for the tailgate, while the GR-S will get 18-inch wheels, “pipe-type” side steps, and black exterior trims.
The retro grille design with ‘TOYOTA’ explained across its middle will be optional to GR-S purchasers.
Both GR-S and ZX model grades will likewise get a 360-degree camera with ‘3D multi-terrain monitor’ with ‘see-through view’, permitting the driver to see obstacles and place wheels in like manner during off-road driving.
To guarantee the system works off-road, the back camera acquires a washer system to clear soil and mud.
In recent days, spies have additionally spotted ’70th Anniversary’ badging on certain vehicles, affirming a special edition will be offered to celebrate the LandCruiser’s achievement birthday this year.
Even though the divulging is relied upon to happen toward the finish of this current month, sources have disclosed the LandCruiser will not be in showrooms until late 2021 or mid-2022.