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Best look yet at 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series! New off-road icon shapes up as hulking Nissan Patrol rival with seriously torquey V6 diesel

This fresh LandCruiser 300 Series rendering leaves little to the imagination. (Image credit: Kolesa)

Toyota is inching closer to officially revealing the new LandCruiser 300 Series upper-large SUV, but a recent series of leaks basically gave the game away, leading to these fresh renderings, which give us our best look yet at the upcoming off-roader.

Indeed, Kolesa used all of the partial, distant or grainy spy shots of the LC300 to deliver a pair of renderings that should differ very little to the real deal.

Needless to say, when compared to the preceding LandCruiser 200 Series, the LC300’s exterior design is more of an evolution, rather than a revolution.

Up front, the LC300 is more modern, with the daytime running lights leaving a stronger impression, while the grille is taller due to the addition of a fourth louvre. Then there’s the flanking side air intakes, which are connected to form a smile of sorts.

Around the side, the LC300 is at its subtlest. That said, the wheelarches are more defined, while the side mirrors have been moved down to the top right-hand corners of the front doors. The side windows also kick up at the A- and D-pillars much earlier.

2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series (Image credit: Kolesa) 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series (Image credit: Kolesa)

At the rear, the LC300’s tail-lights are slimmer but still large, and they feature a U-shaped signature. There is also no horizontal chrome bar in sight, while the reflectors are now positioned lower on the bumper.

We’re yet to get a proper look at the LC300’s interior, although we do know it will feature a 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a multifunction display, a wireless smartphone charger, a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats at minimum.

As reported, Japanese dealers have allegedly confirmed the LC300 will launch with a new 230kW/697Nm 3.3-litre V6 diesel engine, which would comfortably outmuscle the LC200’s 200kW/650Nm 4.6-litre V8 unit.

A petrol engine will also be available from the LC300’s launch, with the 313kW/589Nm 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 to be mated to a 10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, too. And yes, a ‘self-charging’ petrol-electric hybrid is set to join the range in the future.

Either way, it won’t be long now until the new Nissan Patrol rival makes its big debut, so stay tuned.