Toyota's Japanese dealership network has been told to prepare for LandCruiser 300 Series' arrival, with local reports suggesting the all-new model is now just months away.
Japanese media is reporting that Toyota's home dealership network has been told the LC300 will arrive in April 2021, with the LC200 gradually phased out by now.
According to reports, the LC 300 will touch down locally around April next year, with a new Prado to follow suit in 2022.
Those timings would put the LC300 in Australia by the middle of next year, which will have also set the clock ticking on the availability of the LC200's diesel V8 engine.
While Toyota wouldn't be drawn on a specific timeframe for the end of orders for the diesel V8 when asked by CarsGuide this week, the brand did concede that orders would have to be managed in the lead up to the new model's arrival.
We know already it will ride on a new ladder-frame TNGA platform, and will be fitted with a trio of engines, but the first to arrive in Australia should be a new 3.3-litre V6 diesel, which Toyota locally has promised will outperform the now-defunct V8 on both power and torque. The new reports also point to the possibility of electrification joining that engine in the future, with Toyota reportedly working on a diesel hybrid. There is also a brace of turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engines - one hybrid, the other not - but neither have been confirmed for our market.
The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is also expected to be around $7000 more expensive when it debuts in September 2021, as the Japanese giant recoups development costs for the new TNGA platform, new V6 diesel engine and new safety equipment, according to reports in Japanese media.
The new LC 300 will reportedly 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. Inside, there will be a choice of five or eight-seat configurations, over two or three rows. Inside, there will be a 12.3-inch multimedia screen, and Toyota's Safety Sense package will add active safety kit.