Toyota recently launched the new generation of the Land Cruiser in the international market. It is the 300 Series that Toyota calls LC300. The SUV has received a good response from their home market, Japan. They have already received 24,000 pre-orders. According to some media reports, Toyota would not allow their customers to resale their LC300 because of safety reasons.
The customers would have sign a contract before buying the LC300. According to the contract, the customers won’t be able to sell their new Land Cruiser for a period of 12 months. Customers who breach the contract would be banned from buying another Toyota vehicle. The report says that breaking the contract would lead to repercussions that could be severe.
Toyota stated that the reason for doing this is the “risk of foreign exchange law violations and usage that could lead to major problems and threaten global security”. So, Toyota is worried that the Land Cruiser could be used with a bad intention which will hurt the image of the manufacturer and the SUV. Toyota wants to sell the SUV to only genuine customers who will be using the LC300 for themselves. Due to this, they have restricted the number of orders to only one SUV per customer.
Land Cruiser 300
The new SUV is based on the TNGA or Toyota New Global Architecture platform. The SUV has been redesigned but the characteristics of a Land Cruiser are still there. The weight of the SUV has gone down by 200 kgs and the centre of gravity has also been lowered. The Land Cruiser now comes with adaptive variable suspension with an electronically controlled Kinetic Dynamic Suspension Stabilisation System. They have also improved the wheel articulation to improve the off-road abilities. Other off-road features include Multi-Terrain Monitor and Multi-Terrain Select.
Gone is the 5.7-litre V8 engine, it has been replaced with turbocharged engines. Now, there is a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine and a 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol engine produces 415 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 650 Nm. The diesel engine produces 309 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 700 Nm. Both the engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox which drives all four wheels.
Toyota says that a more affordable, naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine will be available in some markets. This engine would be offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The new engines are more fuel-efficient, more powerful and emit 10 percent less carbon dioxide emissions.
While the exterior has some elements of the older Land Cruisers, it is the interior that is all-new. The cabin now uses more premium materials and provides an up-market feel to the occupants. Toyota is using a dual-tone black and beige theme for the cabin. This makes the cabin feel airy and not claustrophobic.
Then there is the feature list. Toyota has now added modern features to the LC300. It comes with lane keep assist, crash avoidance, adaptive cruise control and adaptive high beam. There are two touchscreen infotainments on offer. There is a 9-inch unit and a 12.3-inch unit. You also get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Other features include a 360-degree parking camera, electric adjustment for the steering wheel, heads-up display, fingerprint authentication, a powered tailgate and much more.