While it might seem like news enough that there will be a next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser, just wait—there’s more! The next Toyota Land Cruiser will debut in August with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, according to Japan’s Best Car Web. Don’t worry, the iconic 4×4 SUV won’t be going fully soft.
Best Car Web also reports that Toyota’s flagship SUV will trade its current 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 for the stout gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain used in the Lexus LC 500h coupe and LS 500h sedan. Both Lexuses use a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine aided by a pair of electric motors; total output from the system is 354 horsepower. Expect that figure to carry over to the Land Cruiser, although we’re less certain whether or not the Lexus’ complicated transmission will be up to off-road abuse.
So, that means the Land Cruiser is set to lose horsepower in its redesign. Don’t expect it to get slower, however. Despite the hybrid powertrain’s lower output, the next Landie’s underpinnings are expected to shed weight, offsetting the extra pounds of the hybrid battery pack and then some. Dubbed Toyota New Global Architecture-F (TNGA-F, for short, with the F likely meaning “frame”), the new platform reportedly keeps the current model’s body-on-frame setup. This seemingly old-school move should help the Land Cruiser maintain its legendary off-road capability and durability.
In contrast to its revolutionary mechanical changes, the next Land Cruiser’s design is expected to take a more evolutionary approach. In short, the Toyota SUV will continue to wear blocky, relatively simple styling. With Toyota’s latest design language being as flamboyant as it is, don’t rule out some spice making its way into the Land Cruiser’s looks and helping the model poke out from the shadows of its predecessors.
The only bad news we have to offer, then, is that the model’s future in the U.S. is uncertain. Fewer than 4,000 Land Cruisers were sold in the United States in 2019 (and barely more than 3,000 found new homes in 2018). Regardless, it seems possible that all the answers to our Land Cruiser questions may arrive as soon as summer’s end.
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