According to a new report, the highly anticipated reveal and release of the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series off-roader might not actually be drawing closer after all.
Citing two dealer sources,Best Car Web says the LandCruiser 300 Series may be the latest model to be affected by the global semiconductor shortage that’s been caused by the ongoing pandemic and therefore impacting several carmakers, including Toyota.
The Japanese publication was originally expecting the LandCruiser 300 Series to be revealed in late March or early April before local pre-orders starting in late April, with its release to occur from early May.
However, Best Car Web now expects domestic pre-orders to begin in May, with the LandCruiser 300 Series’ debut to take place in July ahead of deliveries kicking off from August or September.
As always, time will tell what happens, but in the meantime, we do have an idea of what’s coming, with the LandCruiser 300 Series all but confirmed to get a body-on-frame version of Toyota’s TNGA platform.
the LandCruiser 300 Series is all but confirmed to get a body-on-frame version of Toyota’s TNGA platform. (Image credit: Kolesa)
Allegedly measuring 4950mm long (+20mm), 1980mm wide (+5mm) and 1870mm tall (-20mm) with a 2850mm wheelbase (+50mm), the LandCruiser 300 Series is set to be within striking distance of its 200 Series predecessor when it comes to dimensions.
And as reported, images of a camouflaged development mule were taken in Russia and published last month by autospot (see related story link above), which claimed it had a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol unit under the bonnet.
Other engine options are also rumoured to be available in the LandCruiser 300 Series, including a 3.3-litre turbo six-cylinder diesel and a hybrid version of the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol, as seen in the Lexus LS500h upper-large sedan.
Best Car Web says the LandCruiser 300 Series’ non-hybrid options will be mated to a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, while they hybrid will be matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Either way, the Japanese publication claims a full-time four-wheel-drive system will be fitted to the LandCruiser 300 Series alongside a suite of advanced driver-assist systems.