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Forget the GR HiLux - this Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series ute would be the ultimate off-road workhorse

The LandCruiser ute. (image credit:

The incoming Toyota LandCruiser 300 series has been imagined as a tough-as-nails ute in a new render that makes us pine for the Japanese giant to deliver a tray-backed version of its 200 Series replacement.

Now, it must be pointed out that this is pulled straight from the imagination of a graphic artist, Jokerr.Cars, but if we've learned anything from the 70 Series, it's that anything is possible.

Possible, but unlikely. Still, we can dream, especially given that - when equipped with Toyota's new twin-turbo-diesel - this hardcore hay hauler would be Australia's most powerful diesel ute.

For the record, the LC300 will arrive in Australia this year, and when it does, it will be sporting a 3.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel good for 227kW and 700Nm, and serving up a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity.

That's enough to out-punch everything from the HiLux (500Nm), Ford Ranger (500Nm) and Mitsubishi Triton (430Nm), and VW Amarok (580Nm).

Then there is its legendary off-road capability, with the LC300 to offer a wading depth of 700mm, ground clearance of 235mm, an approach angle of 32 degrees and a departure angle of 25 degrees.

Still, none of that means it's likely to happen, and certainly not anytime soon. Instead, we'll have to wait for the GR HiLux for our dose of beefed-up ute action.

While Toyota is yet to officially confirm the hardcore HiLux, the brand has trademarked the name "GR HiLux" in Australia, and it is expected to launch with the next new HiLux, possibly in 2023.

We've long tipped Toyota to fit the 300 Series' engine to its GR HiLux, with sources confirming the new engine would have multiple uses within the Toyota family.

"HiLux is a very important model to us, and clearly we want to keep improving and doing things to the HiLux, but we haven’t gotten anything else to announce for HiLux," Toyota Australia's General Manager of Product Planning and Development, Rod Ferguson, has told us.

"Clearly it’s our ambitions to offer more product variations, and stretch that product in as many different directions as we can, that’s clearly our ambition."