According to Evo India, Toyota will be launching its flagship SUV, Land Cruiser in India. It is the LC300 generation of the Land Cruiser. The bookings of the upcoming SUV were opened quietly back in February and the delivers of the Land Cruiser LC300 are expected to start by August. The booking amount has not been disclosed and Toyota is no longer accepting bookings because of the semiconductor shortage issue that the world is currently facing.
As per reports, Toyota dealerships were accepting bookings for the Diesel V6 engine. It is a twin-turbo diesel engine with a capacity of 3.3 litres. It produces 305 hp of max power and 700 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to only a 10-speed automatic transmission.
In the global market, the Land Cruiser LC300 is also offered with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine that produces 415 bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 650 Nm. It also comes mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, the LC300 can hit 100 kmph in 6.7 seconds.
Toyota is no longer offering the legendary 5.7-litre V8 engine. Moreover, they are also working on a more affordable V6 engine which would be a naturally aspirated unit. It will come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It will not be available in all countries but this would decrease the starting price of the SUV. As of now, we do not know whether any of the petrol engines will make their way to India or not. The new engines are not only more powerful but they are also more fuel-efficient and produce 10 percent less carbon dioxide emissions.
The LC300 Land Cruiser is based on the GA-F platform which is a derivative of TNGA or Toyota New Global Architecture platform. It is still a ladder-on frame chassis but Toyota has made several improvements. Moreover, Toyota is now using high strength steel in various places to improve stiffness and for suspension, they have used aluminium. The weight of the SUV has gone down by 200 kgs which is quite a lot. The centre of gravity has also been lowered which is also good for the ride and quality of the LC300.
At the end of the LC300 is still a Land Cruiser so it comes with plenty of off-roading equipment. It gets a 4×4 system as standard. There is an adaptive variable suspension with an electronically controlled Kinetic Dynamic Suspension Stabilisation System. You also get Multi-Terrain Monitor which now gets an underbody camera and Multi-Terrain Select which comes with Auto and Deep Snow mode. Toyota has also improved wheel articulation and Crawl Control System.
In the global market, Toyota has also introduced LC300 GR Sport. It is basically a more road-focused version of the Land Cruiser LC300. It gets front and rear locking differentials as standard and the addition of E-KDSS which is the latest generation of Kinetic’s clever suspension system.