Even before Toyota Kirloskar announced the launch of the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser, an Indian politician bought the car, customised it and started using it too. The new SUV, which has a remarkable four-year waiting period in the international markets is already in India and is owned by a politician named K. N. Nehru.
This is likely to be the same Toyota Land Cruiser spotted earlier this year in Coimbatore. Toyota will announce the official prices of the all-new Land Cruiser later this year around the festive season. However, the politician seems to have jumped the queue by privately importing the SUV before the official launch.
Toyota will import a limited number of Land Cruiser LC300 in its ‘Sahara’ version to India. Aimed at offering a good mix of luxury and comfort, the Sahara version of Land Cruiser LC300 is expected to come in nine colour options, bi-LED projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, 18-inch machined alloy wheels and chrome finish on the front grille, window frames, rear bumper, outside rearview mirrors and door handles.
While we are unsure about the engine that powers the politician’s Land Cruiser, the India-spec Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 will get only one powertrain option – a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 diesel engine with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. This engine claims 304 bhp pf maximum power and 700 Nm of maximum torque and is assisted with a standard four-wheel-drive system. The SUV is a proper go-anywhere vehicle with features like multiple off-road modes and a limited-slip differential. It will also be packed with modern electronics, including Level-2 ADAS.
Since it will be a CBU model, the price tag is likely to hover around Rs 2 crore. The minister must have paid extra to privately import the SUV to India.
K. N. Nehru loves Toyota
The politician K. N. Nehru is a public works minister in the Tamil Nadu government. He previously served as Minister of Transport in the state government. Nehru’s all previous cars have been the Land Cruisers. We found his pictures with two other Land Cruiser SUVs displaying his official emblem and a Toyota Fortuner.
Land Cruisers are world-renowned for their reliability, sturdiness and comfort. The all-new Land Cruiser has become one of the most sought-after SUVs around the world.
Toyota confirmed earlier this year that there is a waiting period of 4 years on the new SUV. The waiting period is because of the high demand and shortage of semiconductors. Toyota has also ditched the massive V8 engine for the new fuel-efficient V6 engine with the new model.