Every new report about the Land Cruiser draws a lot of attention, which isn’t strange at all, considering that we are talking about one of the most iconic off-roaders of all time. The current generation has been around for way too long and all fans of this amazing machine are waiting to see a new version, which is expected to come as the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300.
At this point, the company is still keeping most things as secret. On the other side, there are numerous unofficial reports that suggest all kinds of novelties. One of the first things that come to mind is the powertrain, which is expected to be electrified. Also, we count on a completely new design, which will make this SUV modern and competitive once again. At this point, it looks like the new model could have a premier already this summer, though some new reports this may be delayed.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Will Get Hybrid Powertrain
Without any doubt, one of the biggest novelties for the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series will be a new powertrain. The current model comes with a reliable, but also extremely thirsty V8 engine, so there is no doubt that most drivers would love to have something far more efficient under the hood. According to our sources, the new model will certainly come with a hybrid powertrain. Given all those reports about the new Tundra, we have no doubt that the 2021 Land Cruiser 300 will also use a V6-based system from the LS 500h, which will undergo a significant update. We also count on the same numbers as in the new Tundra, which means the new system would be good for about 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, roughly.
Another interesting rumor about the Land Cruiser 300 2021 is about the transmission. Some reports suggest a CVT gearbox, but that doesn’t seem very likely in our humble opinion. Instead, we are pretty sure this model will come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
What about other powertrain options?
One of the things that go through our minds is the future of the current engines. As for the gasoline V8 engine, we are pretty sure it will be discontinued in most of the markets. However, it may remain active in a couple of markets. In this case, we would expect to see some updates on the engine, which would provide better fuel economy and lower emission ratings.
In certain parts of the world, such as South Africa, the current generation is still available with a well-known 4.5-liter V8 Turbodiesel, which is good for about 260 horsepower. Most likely, this engine will carry one in the same part of the world, due to obvious benefits in terms of fuel economy.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Design
Without any doubt, this redesign will bring tons of novelties. The first thing that comes to mind about this redesign is a completely new platform. It has been codenamed F1 and it is a body-on-frame derivate of the company’s TNGA platform. Of course, some of the benefits of the new architecture will be significant weight savings and notably improved ride quality.
Some reports also suggest changes in dimensions. Most of them suggest a longer wheelbase, but also fewer inches in the overall length. In practice, this means shorter overhangs, which means more off-road potentials.
When it comes to the styling, we don’t expect to see anything radical, We are pretty sure the new model will carry on with the evolution of the legendary classic design, which mostly about conservative aesthetical solutions. In this case, we will see a number of modern accents, but the overall shape shouldn’t change too much. More details about the styling should be known soon.
When it comes to interior design, we count on a completely new cabin. Although the current one features impressive build quality, it starts to show signs of aging, it terms of aesthetics and tech features. Therefore, we count on a completely new dashboard design, which will bring a more attractive look and well as a significantly higher level of opulence.
A longer wheelbase should provide more space in the second and third row, which aren’t particularly generous in the current model. Also, we expect that the new model won’t feature those seats that fold to the side, which turned out to be not the most practical design solution.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Release Date
So far, most of the reports were suggesting that the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 would have a premiere this summer, probably in August. However, the new reports appeared and it suggests the premiere will be delayed for 2021. So far, the company has been quiet on this matter.