Toyota Sets Land Cruiser 300 Series Debut Date

Toyota is preparing to reveal the all-new 300 Series Land Cruiser. And this week it released a short video announcing the date of the reveal — veritable reveal-reveal.

The Japanese automaker will officially pull the covers off the newest version of its most iconic 4×4 on Wednesday June 9th.

We don’t know for sure all the details of the forthcoming truck. We do know, though, that it’ll likely forego the naturally aspirated gasoline V8 that powers it in some markets. Instead, according to CarBuzz, it’ll run a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 alongside a 3.3-liter turbo diesel V6.

The gas-burner is expected to churn out 409 horsepower and 479 foot-pounds of torque. And the diesel motor is anticipated to make 301 hp and 516 lb-ft. Both engines are said to be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Intriguingly, the 300 will ride on a modified version of Toyota’s new TNGA-F platform, which will underpin both the next-gen Tundra and Tacoma pickups.

These sorts of tidbits don’t entirely matter to us Americans, though, as the 300 is unlikely to be offered on U.S. shores. That is outside of the Lexus brand — the 300 may live Stateside as a Lexus LX. But that’s yet to be made official.


Photo: CarBuzz

Photo: CarBuzz

Why would Toyota drop the Land Cruiser from the American market? Well, we can only assume that it would compete with the LX. What’s more, if the 300 and Tundra share a platform, it stands to reason that the Sequoia would also share that platform, as Sequoia shares the Tundra underpinnings currently.

Surely Toyota would rather sell high-trim Sequoia instead of Land Cruisers, leaving that 300 visual distinction and cache entirely to Lexus. But that’s just a guess.

If you want to know more about the all-new Land Cruiser 300, check out Toyota’s international website on June 9th.


Header image: CarBuzz

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