New Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series have continued to emerge from Japanese media - and it's not good news if you're hanging out for a hybrid.
According to the sleuths over at Japan's Best Car Web, the long-awaited LandCruiser 300 Series (and we do mean long, at 14 years and counting) will finally launch in September 2021, ushering in a new era in the off-roaders legacy, and one headlined by a new TNGA platform and new engine options.
We already have a strong idea of what engines are coming (think six-cylinder diesel, petrol and petrol-hybrid) but according to the latest reports, first to arrive - at least internationally - will be the 3.5-litre turbo-petrol.
The much-hyped hybrid, that's still reportedly two years away, with the LC300 to adopt a new hybrid system that utilises a 10-speed automatic gearbox, rather than a CVT, with the former seen as better suited to the rough stuff that will be asked of a LandCruiser.
That means a launch date as late as 2023, or even 2024, for the first-ever hybrid LandCruiser, if the latest reports are to be believed.
In good news, the latest round of reporting again confirms the plans for a new GR Sport model, though it will focus more on looks and handling that on any increase in engine outputs.
The idea of a GR-branded LandCruiser hasn't been ruled out in Australia, either.
"We’ve never ruled out any model having a GR model if it makes sense," a spokesperson told CarsGuide.
"We have an assembly facility here, and there’s no reason we couldn’t do something. There's not plan there right now, but there’s no reason you couldn’t have a LC 300 GR."
So what of the diesel? No word yet. But we continue to understand the LC300 will be offered with a six-cylinder diesel engine in Australia.
For now, though, watch this space.