- Will be built on a ladder-frame version of Toyota’s TNGA.
- Twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 hybrid to replace traditional V8.
- It will be a little bigger but look similar to current truck.
It’s been more than a decade, a dozen years even, since the last generation Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX were completely overhauled. In fact, I was at a launch event and remember falling for the truck’s smooth V8 power, luxuriously appointed cabin, and serious capabilities. The new Toyota Land Cruiser, on which the LX is based, will gain more refinement, more technology and lose nothing of its legendary standing.
The highlights of this story are that Toyota’s developing a ladder-frame version of its excellent TNGA platform and that turbocharged hybrid power and efficiency are on the way. On the former point, a ladder frame is necessary for unmatched off-road capabilities and durability. This same structure will certainly find its way in the next generation Toyota Tundra pickup as well.
The currently offered 4.6-litre V8 in the Land Cruiser (5.7-litre V8 in the US) will be replaced by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 hybrid which will produce an estimated 295-horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. These numbers are down over the 4.6-litre but the new Cruiser is expected to be much lighter.
All the latest safety and infotainment technology from Toyota will find its way into the new Land Cruiser which is slated for introduction in August of this year.