The new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser LC 300 has been making appearances in the virtual world for over a couple of months with teasers and spy images, but finally the new SUV has made its global debut. Now it’s the seventh-generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser going on sale and we have seen the model evolving smoothly over generations without compromising on its macho appearance and robust appeal. The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 too is a big step-up over its predecessor that already didn’t fall short in any department, but the new model sees more substantial upgrades under its skin.
So to begin with, the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 is underpinned by the TNGA platform that makes it light on its feet and in-turn more agile and stable when it comes to on-road dynamics. The platform has saved 200 kg from its kerb weight and also helps in making it 10 per cent more efficient when it comes to CO2 emissions. Gone is the huge 5.7-litre V8 engine and comes in the new 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 oil-burner that is more powerful than the former. It belts out 403 bhp and 650 Nm of peak torque- a whole 30 bhp and 108 Nm more than the outgoing V8. The engine is mated to brand new 10-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox which too makes debut on the new Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 and courtesy its well calibrated gear ratios, this mountain of an SUV can make the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 6.7 seconds which is pretty impressive for it size. Not to mention, a lighter platform and punchier engine add up to that triple-digit performance as well.
|2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300||Specifications|
|Max Output||403 bhp|
|Peak Torque||650 Nm|
|Transmission||10-Speed Torque Convertor Automatic|
|0-100 kmph||6.7 Seconds|
Now according to rumours, in some markets Toyota will be also offering the new-generation Land Cruiser LC300 with a tad downsized 3.3-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 diesel mill pumping out 301 bhp and 700 Nm of peak torque but the engine will be mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission. However, the Japanese carmaker is yet to confirm any such news. And that’s about it, other than that, the off-roader remains pretty much the same in all markets.
The adaptive variable suspension (AVS) is part of the standard package as well and so is the upgraded electronically controlled kinetic dynamic suspension stabilisation (E-KDSS) system. Moreover, Toyota has fitted the next-gen Land Cruiser with a more advanced Multi-Terrain Select system now featuring Deep Snow and Auto modes, while the Multi-Terrain Monitor system incorporates an underbody camera. Also, a revised Crawl Control system maintains the vehicle’s speed while you are off-roading.
|2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300||Off-Road Specifications|
|Transfer Case||Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) High-Low Range|
|Approach Angle||32 Degrees|
|Departure Angle||26.6 Degrees|
Now since it’s accomplished an off-roader and more so a Land Cruiser, it goes without saying that it comes with a robust four-wheel-drive (4WD) transfer case as standard along with three differential locks. Building up on its off-road prowess is the approach angle of 32 degrees carried over from its predecessor while the departure angle can reach 26.5 degrees depending on the version, while ground clearance stands at 230 mm. In terms of dimensions, the new Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 isn’t much different from its predecessor – the LC200, measuring at 4965 mm in length for the GR Sport version and will measure a slightly longer at 4985 mm for the ZX trim level. It stands at 1945 mm tall, which is an increase of 35 mm over its predecessor while the ZX trim is slightly wider at 1990 mm. The wheelbase across variants remains unchanged measuring at 2850 mm.
|2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300||Dimensions|
|Length||4965 mm (ZX) / 4985 mm (GR Sport)|
|Ground Clearance||230 mm|
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We did tell you 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 is more new under the skin than on the outside, however there have been modifications in its looks as well. Now the overall silhouette of the LC300 isn’t different from its predecessor’s and those who are uninitiated could also mistake it for a facelift, but it does get a bunch of new elements. For starters, is this monstrous chrome grille which looks more intimidating in a good way and let’s just say that Toyota has this giant grille game more on point than its German counterparts. This new grille comes with four bold slats and it’s wider than the one on the LC200. A black mesh grille replaces this chrome unit in the GR sport variant, but it takes away the premium appeal of a Land Cruiser.
There are sleek LED headlights where the daytime running lights seamlessly end at the tip of the second chrome slat in the grille. The grille is flanked by side curtains and the bumper seemingly integrates the chunky skid plate finished in body colour, while there are slim fog lamp housings on either ends. The profile largely remains unaltered while at the rear there is a new bumper with the same body colour skid plate and the taillights too have grown a size bigger.
So while from the outside it may remind you of its predecessor, step inside and you’ll be surprised with all that’s new. The cabin has been subjected to massive changes. There is a new dashboard accommodating a standalone 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen which is standard, but buyers do have the option of upgrading to a sizeable 12.3-inch screen. Both screens are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well.
Other creature comforts include wireless smartphone charging, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, powered tailgate, an electrically adjustable steering wheel, air ionizer and even a fingerprint authentication system among others. Toyota’s latest Safety net includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and adaptive high beam headlights for better road view for night driving. And yes! The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 is available as seven-seater.