The New LandCruiser 300 Series
Set for delivery on Australian shores in 2021 Toyota has announced the new LandCruiser 300 Series will be offered with a V6 petrol-electric hybrid power-train that could mean the end of its diesel V8 200 Series.
Toyota has said the next-generation flagship off-roader will retain its capabilities whether it gets V6 or even hybrid power. It is expected to keep its classic proportions, off-road ability and towing capacity while adding modern design cues. With new off-road features and electronic gadgetry also expected to be included.
Reports claim the V6 powertrain will deliver 220kW of power and 356Nm of torque, and that weight reduction and the addition of an electric motor will compensate for the downsized engine’s outputs compared to the current diesel and petrol V8s.
Toyota Australia axed the petrol V8 option for the LandCruiser 200 from August and its parent company has promised some form of electrification for every model in its range by 2025.
The new models will offer significant improvements in safety technology, along with a completely new infotainment system.
Time will tell how the new 300 series is received by Australian audiences but the move away from Diesel seems to be a sign of the times.