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Friday, April 23, 2021

This Is The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Before You're Supposed To See It


The all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is almost upon us. After leaks about its specs came out last week, it was photographed undisguised, sitting in a pre-delivery inspection lot in the Middle East.

Toyota’s all-new luxury SUV was spotted by Instagram user hamad1two3 (check out other photos embedded below).

Right away, it’s clear that the all-new Land Cruiser 300 will retain the boxy silhouette of the current 200 series, but it will get a bigger grille and a pronounced U-shaped graphic that connects the headlights. Its hood is also much more muscular, while the fenders are much more pronounced than before.

According to previous leaks, 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.

Standard features include LED headlights, 18-inch wheels (17-inch wheels for international markets), 9 or 10-inch infotainment screen, and three rows of seats. Interestingly, it’ll also debut a fingerprint-based authentication start button. 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 (rear lockers are standard).

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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