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Toyota has confirmed LandCruiser 300 Series pricing for Australia, with the expected price hikes arriving right across the LC300 range.
The six-trim LC300 range will touch down in Australia in Q4 this year, with each carrying a circa-$10k price increase on their equivalent LandCruiser 200 Series model.
Let's get straight to it, shall we? The new LC300 price list is as follows:
All the above prices are manufacturer list prices, and they exclude on-road costs.
As predicted, all models are powered by the brand's new 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6, producing 227kW and 700Nm, and which pairs with a 10-speed automatic, and all arrive with permanent 4WD and low range, though different trims get more advanced off-road tech.
Toyota says the GR Sport was developed as “a base vehicle for the Dakar Rally” and is designed to deliver a “deeper off-road and sporty character” than the regular LC300 range.
To deliver it, the GR Sport gets front and rear differential locks, as well as e-KDSS, otherwise known as Toyota’s electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and independently locking and freeing the front and rear stabiliser bars.
The result, says Toyota, is a car that delivers “optimum road holding and wheel articulation in off-road environments combined with a smaller roll angle that delivers a higher level of on-road ride comfort and handling stability.”
It also looks different, with different dimensions to the regular LC300 range, along with the redesigns front-end with ‘TOYOTA’ lettering, and black 18-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arches, black side steps, door handles, mirror casings and window lines.
Elsewhere, the LC3000 range rides on a new TNGA platform, with new independent front and four-link rear suspension.
You also get the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as active cruise, auto high been, lane-leap tech — and lane-trace assist in some models.
GX and GXL models get a new 9.0-inch centre screens, which increases to 12.3-inches on the VX grade and above, with Apple CarPlay, road-sign reading, an electronic parking brake and downhill assist control.
GX models get LED headlamps, keyless entry and push-button start, twin-zone climate, power windows and a reversing camera.
The seven-seat GXL arrives with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, wireless charging and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. It is also the first model to adopt Toyota’s multi-terrain select.
The VX models get the 12.3-inch screen, which pairs with 10 speakers. There’s also a new 7.0-inch driver info display, four-zone climate control, eight cupholders, and a power-adjustable steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats.
But wait, there’s more, because the VX also gets rear parking support brake, a panoramic view monitor and a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system.
Then there’s the new Sahara, which adds a 14-speaker JBL stereo, a head-up display, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, and easy-access seats.
Finally, the Sahara ZX debuts a new chrome grille, redesigned headlights, and new taillights. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels, and gets illuminated side steps, front-door scuff plates, rear mudguards and chrome on the rear bumper.
Inside, it’s leather, with “carbon-like” elements scattered throughout, as well as four heated and ventilated seats, a hands-free tailgate and a limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
Billing the launch as a two-prong strategy (with the regular LandCruiser and the GR Sport), Toyota says the new-look model is the "absolute expression of the LandCruiser DNA"
"Our new GR Sport is the - the ultimate 4WD that is specially equipped for owners who truly love driving on rough trails and in off-road rallies," says Toyota Australia sales and marketing chief Sean Hanley.
"The graceful styling of the Sahara ZX adds an even more prestigious and advanced high-quality image for customers who use their LandCruiser primarily for urban driving and holiday getaways with their families.
"Impressive new or upgraded features and technologies across the all-new range represent remarkable value, taking LandCruiser SUV luxury to new heights while advancing the legendary model's rugged reputation as the king off the road."