March 2021 signified the end of production for the 200
The end of production for the Land cruiser 200 ushered in the much-awaited Toyota 300, which happens to be the Iconic SUV’s 13th generation. On 9th June 2021, at an online event hosted in Dubai, Toyota revealed the all-new land cruiser (300 series). The 300s series will be the first new Land Cruiser station wagon model since LC 200 inception in 2007. Here is a roundup of what we know about the new 300 land cruiser model, compared to the former Land Cruiser 200.
The design of the new Land Cruiser 300 reinforces the Toyotas credentials for quality, durability and reliability (QDR). This is coupled with off-road performance and on-road capability, which ensures drivers comfortability as they take on any routes. The new LC 300 uses the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the first to be designed for a body on frame vehicle. The architecture provides unique benefits, including body rigidity, strength and helping deliver improved on-road performance.
On the outside, the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 has the exact dimensions as the 200 model, which made its debut in 2007. It has a ground clearance of 230 mm but keeps the same approach and departure angles. The new Land Cruiser looks more daunting than ever, getting a redesigned radiator grille which is massive. At the rear end, the LC 300 receives a clean, minimalistic layout with a flat tailgate.
The inside of the new land cruiser is not too different from the earlier generations model. Nevertheless, many changes make the LC 300 appear more premium with the recent changes on board. Toyota has added a unique fingerprint verification technology in the new Land Cruiser. Also, it dons a nine-inch infotainment system which can further be upgraded to a 12.3-inch unit. It is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. There is also a wireless charging unit and a 360- degree camera, and a head-up display.
The Toyota Land Cruiser 200s bows out, and with it goes the V8 ushering in the V6 engine era. Among the most significant changes in the model includes replacing the V8 popular engine with a new engine powered by a V6 twin-turbo for diesel and petrol variants. The new Toyota LC 300 will come with only two engine options. One is the twin-turbo V6 3.5-litre petrol engine which can generate up to 409 horsepower and reach a peak torque of 650 Nm. Interestingly, this engine has an extra 30 horsepower and 80 Nm of torque, more than the older version LC 200. The second version is a diesel engine with a 3.3-litre twin-turbo engine. It is capable of producing 305 horsepower and an impressive 700Nm torque.
Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 – New GR-S Variant
The Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a GR-S variant (Gazoo Racing Sport) with additional features than the standard LC 300. These features are made to emphasize the GR-S is more focused on off-road compared to its predecessor and the standard LC 300. The GR-S is equipped with the latest new generation of Toyota’s E-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS), which is electronically controlled. Previously, the LC 200 was equipped with a hydraulic setup. The standard LC-300 front suspension is independent and has a four-link setup at the back with adaptive functionality. Moreover, the LC 300 gets a torque-sensing limited-slip differential instead of the differential Locks on the GR-S variant. The GR-S variant comes with front and rear differential locking.
With the recent global unveiling of the Land Cruiser 300 in an online event in Dubai, production is set to start in earnest by July 2021. The production is set to target the Petrol variant first, followed by the GR-S and the Diesel variants by September. For more updates on the new LC 300 and more Toyota updates and other four-wheeler news, stay tuned to Ineaxmotors.com.