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

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

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing Journalist
Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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