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The New Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series appears to have been captured out and about and completely disguise free in a new spy picture that captures several examples of the brand's off-road icon preparing for export.
The picture - first shared on LandCruiser fan pages on Facebook - appear to confirm what we were expecting from the new model, which looks bigger, bolder and sports are far more prominent and squared-off front end.
In fact, two fresh images have surfaced today, the second showing a fleet of white vehicles that appear to be waiting in a fenced-off holding yard.
The new LC300 is expected to be bigger in almost every key dimension than the vehicle it replaces, stretching some 4970mm in length, 1985mm in width and 1870mm in height, and it will ride on a 2900mm wheelbase.
The new image comes as Toyota prepares to officially unveil the new 300 Series, with an international unveiling expected as early as this month, before it finds its way to dealers later this year.
That said, Toyota in Australia is yet to confirm local timings.
And if these pics have you excited, then there's more good news, with Toyota also reportedly making good on its pledge that the LC300's new V6 diesel would out-perform the popular V8 in the out-going 200 Series.
Japanese media is that the new 3.3-litre diesel engine will produce a whopping 230kW and 687Nm, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The current LC200 is fitted with a bigger V8 diesel, but produces 200kW and 650Nm.
The second engine offered - at least at launch - is expected to be a petrol-powered twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6. That engine will produce a monstrous 313kW and 589Nm, again paired with a 10-speed automatic.
The news adds substance to comments made by Toyota Australia's VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, that the new model would further the LC story.
"The LandCruiser needs to be capable. It needs to be able to perform, drive, tow, as expected of a LandCruiser," Mr Hanley said.
"It has a huge heritage. It's a legend, actually, of capability in the Australian landscape. It’s clear that the number of cylinders are cubic capacity are not the only things that determine the powertrain performance.
"The powertrain of any future LandCruiser will be built to deliver. It will deliver on power, torque, towing and off- and on-road capabilities. And I am supremely confident that with whatever we do, it will continue to remain a very capable vehicle all round."
Toyota's Mr Hanley says he's aware of the "emotion" surrounding the LandCruiser, and reconfirmed his confidence that the new model would out-perform the old.
“I get the emotion of LandCruiser. In many respects, it’s a really strong point for our brand,” he said. “What we don’t want, or what we’re… careful with, is we never ever want to in any way mislead our customers into thinking whatever might or might not happen with a car.
“With LandCruiser, we understand the importance of that car in this market, and we understand our customers functionality requirements in this market, be it off road or performance.
“Whatever LandCruiser we’ve brought out in history, it’s always improved, and we don’t want people to think that we’d ever do something with any LandCruiser, whether that’s now or in 10 years’ time, that would ever diminish its capability in this market.”
We also know that Toyota in Australia has been "intrinsically involved" in the LC300's development, saying it has the "confidence" to promise that fears the new model will be less rugged and capable than the outgoing LandCruiser 200 Series are wide of the mark.
“We have Altona Vehicle Evaluation section within TMCA (Toyota Australia), and TMC (Toyota Japan) works intrinsically and closely with our group in the development of any off-road vehicles,” says Rod Ferguson, Toyota Australia’s General Manager of Product Planning and Development.
“That’s where we have the confidence to say that the vehicle testing and vehicle suitability - whether it’s towing or off-road performance - will be there in any product we release.”