Toyota’s new Land Cruiser is coming

Published June 10, 2021, 5:51 PM

by Inigo Roces

Toyota took the wraps off its new Land Cruiser SUV through a global unveiling held in the Middle East. First introduced over 70 years ago, the Land Cruiser has constantly evolved as a car, while incorporating the latest technologies.

The new Land Cruiser (300 Series), the successor to the 200 series that debuted in 2007, hopes to continue its legacy or “reliability, durability, and off-road performance.” In addition, it builds on its heritage with a riding experience that enables the driver to drive with ease on any type of road in the world without tiring easily.

Most evident in its new design is the pursuit of functional beauty in line with the Land Cruiser’s heritage, with light positions and a bumper shape that are unlikely to be damaged during off-road driving.

The new Land Cruiser is built on an adapted GA-F platform based on TNGA, while keeping the frame structure, which is the foundation that protects the Land Cruiser’s essence. The vehicle size including the total length, total width, and wheelbase, as well as both the departure and approach angles have been kept the same as the previous model (excluding some grades).

The frame itself was redesigned to reduce weight and increase rigidity. Toyota engineers have also lowered the center of gravity, improved weight distribution, and improved suspension structure. The result is a reduction on the total weight of the vehicle by 200 kg.

Powering it is a newly developed V6 twin-turbo engine (3.5-liter gasoline and 3.3-liter diesel). It’s paired with a new Direct Shift-10AT (10-speed automatic transmission).

Inside, the horizontal instrument panel easily captures the vehicle’s position even during off-road driving. Its interior design was guided by operational comfort by positioning switches that can be intuitively operated according to function, and using shape and color designs that improve operability.

The new Land Cruiser also comes with new technology like E-KDSS (Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System), a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which instantly displays obstacles as viewed from the driver’s viewpoint; and Multi Terrain Select, which automatically judges the road surface and selects the  best driving mode.

When it comes to safety, the new Land Cruiser comes with Toyota Safety Sense with additional advanced functions. Its pre-collision system helps avoid a collision or reduce damage by detecting pedestrians (daytime and nighttime) and cyclists (daytime). A new function detects oncoming vehicles at intersections and oncoming pedestrians crossing the street when the vehicle is turning in either direction. Another addition is emergency steering and crash avoidance, which assists with steering and lane keeping and is triggered when the driver performs a steering maneuver to avoid collision.

Toyota has also added the new Parking Support Brake, which helps prevent accidents by recognizing obstacles in front and back of the vehicle in a parking lot, approaching vehicles when the vehicle is backing, and pedestrians.

Toyota plans to launch the new Land Cruiser all over the world in the coming months.