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Sorry criminals, there's nowhere to hide from a LC300: Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series ready for Australian police duty

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is inline for Australian police duty. (Credit William Vicente)

Australia's boys and girls in blue will soon have a new vehicle at their disposal, with the new LandCruiser 300 Series a sure-fire starter to replace the LC200 in Australia's harder-to-reach destinations.

The tough-as-teak Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series is used by police services in places where some extra grip and capability is critical to getting around, like in the outback, for example, or in Australia's alpine regions.

And it's been a long time coming, but Australia's police forces will finally have a newer, safer, more advanced and more capable model at their disposal, making the catching of crims a slightly easier - or at least, more comfortable - prospect.

We could wait for the police to take delivery, of course, but given we known what the LC300 looks like, and we know what a police car looks like, we instead had our designer pull together this preview for you.

Toyota is a reticent to comment on the future demands of the police force, but quietly admit they expect the LC300 to wear blue livery at some point in the not-too-distant future.

When it does, the police services of Australia will be piloting a vehicle more powerful than the one it replaces, with more capability and more comfort, too.

The tried and tested 4.5-litre V8 diesel of the LC200 produces some 200kW and 650Nm, but despite the lopping off of two cylinders, we now know the 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo-diesel of the LC300 will produce a sizeable 227kW and 700Nm.

It should be tougher, too, with a new ladder version of Toyota's TNGA platform, which makes it lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces. It will still tow 3.5-tonnes, but gets more ground clearance (235mm vs 230mm), more wheel articulation, and wading depth, approach and departure angles that are all identical or almost identical, too

If you think going bush will help you get away, think again. The LC300's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System is designed for "outstanding off-road performance through a larger suspension stroke achieved by effectively disabling the front and rear stabiliser bars”, and the new Multi-Terrain Monitor will show the driver what's happening outside, and beneath, the vehicle, too.

All that's left now is to wait for the LC300 to touch down, and then get handed over to the police. The first of those jobs will be happening later this year, but the second? That's up to the boys and girls in blue.