The new Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series could arrive in Australia packing a potent, and all new, V6 turbo-diesel, which would ensure the off-road icon is every bit as capable the vehicle its replacing.
International media has reported the upcoming 300 Series will be fitted with the four-cylinder, 2.8-litre diesel powerplant from the Toyota LandCruiser Prado, but CarsGuide now understands that engine is unlikely make it to Australia, and will instead be reserved for certain international markets.
Instead, a V6 diesel is now firming for Australia, with Toyota clearly keen to ensure the new vehicle meets our market’s torque requirements.
While Toyota is yet to confirm the news, CarsGuide understands the engine will be all-new, and will likely find its way into the Japanese giant’s other products, too.
While outputs are yet to be confirmed, you can expect power to meet or exceed the 200kW and 650Nm on offer from the current V8 diesel.
That engine will be joined by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine from the Lexus LS500. In Lexus guise, that engine produces some 310kW and 600Nm, though outputs for the 300 are yet to be confirmed. A hybrid version of that engine is expected to follow.
At this point it's unlikely that diesel engine would be in line for electrification, though Toyota in Australia has previously hinted at incoming hybrid diesels, and the brand has globally making a commitment to offer and electrified version of ever model in its line up by 2025.
“As a car company we know we have a responsibility to reduce our (carbon) footprint, and we're moving ahead quick, regardless of legislation," Toyota VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, has told CarsGuide.
"We understand the challenges of diesel technology going forward, but we also understand the opportunities that might be presented in that space around diesel moving forward as well. We don't have any announcements on a diesel hybrid today, but certainly it's an alternative we look at.
"Our strong desire is to continue to bring capable cars to Australia. LandCruiser is deeply important to our brand, and I can assure you whatever we do with that car in the future, it will be capable."
As previously reported, the new LandCruiser will adopt a ladder-frame TNGA platform, and will arrive in 4WD guise only. Japanese media has also reported the new vehicle's dimensions as 4950mm in length, 1980mm in width, and 1870mm in height, and claimed the exterior design won't stray too far from the current vehicle’s, only with a bolder front end more in keeping with Toyota's modern line-up.
Toyota is yet to comment on the new LandCruiser.
"That vehicle is under development, and whatever powertrain it comes with will be suited to the Australian marketplace. Apart from that, we have nothing we can confirm at this point,” Toyota Australia has told us in the past.