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The LandCruiser 300: Separating Fact From Fiction

By Mitch Babbs

Tue Feb 23 2021

By now you’ve probably heard a lot of hearsay, some wild conjecture, and downright fabrications about the upcoming Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series. Today, we’re bringing you up to speed on what’s been confirmed, and what’s likely, to be coming when the 300 Series finally makes its debut.

Firstly, what do we know for sure? Thanks to some photographic espionage taking place in Mother Russia, we’ve managed to glimpse inside the vehicle and can reliably confirm a few things that have been floating around. If you’d like to see the photos for yourself, check them out at Autospot.

  • A fingerprint scanner on the engine start/stop button that recognises the authorised driver(s)
  • A 12” internal display screen for climate and audio control (whether or not Apple CarPlay or Android Auto will be an option later is unclear, but it doesn’t appear to be rolling out at launch) 
  • Dash buttons to change between driving modes
  • The usual slew of Bluetooth connectivity options
  • A partially autonomous cruise control system
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Serious Lexus-inspired looks both in the interior and exterior
  • Will be released in the latter half of this year (was due last year, but that little COVID thing happened)

So that leaves us with what we can reasonably expect, but hasn’t exactly been confirmed. You know, more rumours.

  • Options to choose from 3 different powertrains: a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6, a hybrid version of the petrol V6, and an all-new 3.3-litre turbo diesel V6
  • 10-speed automatic transmission bringing up to 300kW/600Nm

Unfortunately, it looks like the 200 Series’ beloved 4.5L turbo-diesel V8 engine won’t be making the step into the next generation, as Toyota looks to prioritise hybrid and electric vehicles moving forward. As evidenced by the massive uptick in 200 Series prices at the moment, it’s clearly going to be missed.

Despite all the changes on the way for the LandCruiser flagship, Sean Hanley (Toyota Australia’s Head of Sales & Marketing) assures the LC300 is ‘truly spectacular.’