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LC300 bush-bashed in Australia: The first Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series spotted in Australia looks like it's been in a war

A dirty LC300 has been spied testing in Melbourne. (Image credit: Benjamin Foon)

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series has been spotted in Melbourne, with the new off-road icon looking like it’s been put through its paces in Australia’s unforgiving outback.

Caked in dry dirt and sand, and fitted with a whopping great bull bar, the first LC300 spotted Down Under appears to have been used for Toyota’s tough testing regime, before returning to urban Melbourne.

The program was confirmed by Toyota, but this is the first image we’ve seen of it.

“Incredibly reliable and capable, LandCruiser enabled Toyota to establish its foothold in the world automotive market, evolving from a basic 4WD utility into an upmarket SUV,” says Toyota Australia vice-president of sales, marketing and franchise operations Sean Hanley.

“It is an indispensable tool that supports our customers lives and livelihoods by enabling them to travel almost anywhere - and return - in safety and comfort.

“In our quest to make LandCruiser tougher and more capable than ever, we have taken feedback from customers from around the world. This includes extensive input from Australian owners who have experience in some of the world's harshest environments.

“The new LandCruiser range brings improved design and advanced new technologies that advance its performance in all conditions while enhancing its comfort, convenience and safety as a luxury vehicle.”

The good news is that the appearance of the LC300 Down Under means the local launch is fast approaching, with the brand expected to announce official pricing and specification details over the next four weeks or so, ahead of an on-sale date a little later in the year.

Thos details are about all we’re waiting to discover at this point. We already know that the LC300 will arrive in Australia sporting a 3.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel good for 227kW and 700Nm, and serving up a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity.

It will also deliver a wading depth of 700mm, ground clearance of 235mm, an approach angle of 32 degrees and a departure angle of 25 degrees.

The GR Sport model is also fitted with Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Adaptive Variable Suspension, four Drive Modes (Sport S, Sport S+, Comfort and Customise), and is fitted with lockable front and rear differentials.

All LC300 models will ride on Dunlop Grand Trek AT30 rubber - from the same family as the tyres fitted to the LC200 - and there are some big changes inside, too, with the LC300 family now fitted with a Head-Up Display, and a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.