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April 14, 2021

All-New 2022 Land Cruiser to Sport Lexus Twin-Turbo Engine, 10-Speed AT?

Toyota can’t seem to keep a lid on leaks, as Japan-based forums now have detailed information on the all-new Land Cruiser (aka 300-series Land Cruiser) which is expected to hold its global debut by the second half of 2021.

According to forums such as Kakaku, there will be two engines for the 2022 Land Cruiser: one gasoline and one diesel. The gasoline-powered Land Cruiser will sport a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, derived from the Lexus LS 500. This version puts out 420 horsepower and 588 Nm of torque, while the diesel will drop its V8 in favor of a 3.3-liter V6 with 309 horsepower and 687 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic.

The leaks say that LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, 9 or 10-inch infotainment screen, and three rows of seats will be standard. Interestingly, it’ll also debut a fingerprint-based authentication start button too. Moving up, feature sets will include power seats, a 40/20/40 split-folding second row (the standard has a 60/40 split), and a wood grain steering wheel.

Options include a hands-free power tailgate, sunroof, and a front locking differential.

On the highest trim model, the Land Cruiser 300 is said to sport ventilated front and second row seats, sequential turn signal lights, and a large 12-inch infotainment screen. For added handling, it’ll get Toyota’s VDIM and an active stabilizer suspension system should give a very comfortable ride.

Gazoo Racing will also be developing a GR-S version of the Land Cruiser. This version is geared towards hardcore off-roaders and will delete the VDIM and sequential signal lights in favor of front and rear locking differentials, Toyota’s KDSS or Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and 18-inch alloy wheels with larger, off-terrain tires.

Toyota hasn’t made any mention of a hybrid version, so it’ll likely arrive at a later time. The leaks say production for the all-new Land Cruiser starts in July for a global debut by August.

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