It was just a matter of time when the new generation of the most luxurious SUV in Toyota’s lineup is arriving. And it will be the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser. What’s more, it replaces 200 Series and appears as Series 300. The change will cause modifications for the entire lineup, although Japanese and European versions are different from the one present in the US. Now, the 2021 Land Cruiser 300 is going to be very similar for all markets. Whatsoever, the main source of power in the US will remain a 5.7-liter V8. There are also some rumors about cooperation with Subaru and possible Boxer unit for the LC.
The styling of the premium SUV is old. Well, the model is more than 10 years old. Still, it manages to keep up with modern rivals. Whatsoever, the update is needed, outside and inside, and be sure that 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is going to deliver it. The SUV will remain the eight-seat model with plenty of space both for passengers and cargo.
What’s New for 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser?
Well, everything. The upcoming redesign will turn the premium SUV upside down. Whatsoever, changes are not going to affect the overall characteristics – LC remains the high-end premium model with the best combination of luxury and practicality. Off-road capabilities are hard to match. Only a true 4×4 off-roaders can compete with Land Cruiser. There are rumors that the new 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser will use some features from the TRD Pro package available for the new Sequoia SUV.
The SUV is reliable and durable. It offers everything. But, the company must modernize the interior and exterior of the vehicle. It went through a few facelifts and revisits. Still, a complete overhaul and radical cuts must refresh the appearance, safety, and comfort.
Engines and Rumors
Under the hood of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser remains the same 5.7-liter V8 engine. This is the largest drivetrain the Japanese company is currently using. It is capable to deliver 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. With the special drivetrain system, the Land Cruiser is unstoppable on and off the road. Such level of luxury is hard to match. Still, there is room for improvements, so the Fox shocks and suspension can make LC even more aggressive. Fuel economy is not generous. But, having in mind what the SUV is offering, that is not a problem for buyers willing to spend money for Land Cruiser.
New Drivetrains – Hybrid? Diesel? BOXER?!
Rumors are saying the new generation of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser could get a new drivetrain. First, there is a diesel unit. Well, it seems like Toyota gave up from these plans, and the carmaker considers hybrid motor, rather than the diesel. Sooner or later, these will become history, while the engines with electric support have lower emissions. But again, 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser is pretty large and we still don’t have such big rigs with hybrid or PHEV configurations. The most interesting story we could hear is the partnership between Toyota and Subaru which will result with 2021 Land Cruiser 300 ending up with Boxer engine. Well, the largest unit Subaru is making is a 2.5-l four-cylinder. LC would need a couple of these to match the output its buyers get used to.
2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Spy Photos and Redesign
Definitely, designers will have a lot of work before the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser steps into the market. The new generation is bringing the new styling language. We can see spy photos of the new Land Cruiser Prado (mid-size SUV for Asia and Europe), but the regular LC is still not spotted. On the other hand, a Japanese magazine published the photo of something we believe it could be the 2021 Land Cruiser 300. Still, there are plenty of differences between the edition for this part of the world and the US model. Whatsoever, the SUV for the United States is going through a huge redesign, but we still don’t have spy photos to predict changes.
Prado, Truck – Land Cruiser is Very Popular Outside the US
Land Cruiser is the longest-serving nameplate in the carmaker’s lineup. For more than 50 years the SUV is coming out. The only change happened in 1984 when the company split the lineup to utility and luxury segments. In the US we can see the other one, which is also capable to do the work. But, it is not the utility vehicle, such as Land Cruiser LC79 pickup truck we can find in Australia. There are two other variations available in this region. But, one of the most popular versions is Land Cruiser Prado. It is a mid-size premium SUV, a sibling to Lexus GX. Prado costs less and it is going to introduce the new generation before its full-size sibling. Spy shots are confirming the new vehicle is coming next season.
When Will 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Be Available?
The price of the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser will go up with the new generation on its way. However, already in the premium area, the Japanese company can’t push it too much higher. Currently, LC costs $85,000. Its main rivals Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator start lower. Well, the Land Cruiser 300 in the US is not going to offer too many options for upgrades. The new SUV will debut late next year, or even in the first quarter of 2021.