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Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series Australian specs detailed! Diesel donk only for "the most powerful and rugged LandCruiser ever made"

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series will be diesel only in Australia.

The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series will be diesel only in Australia, with Toyota here formally opening expressions of interest for the new and much-hyped off-roader.

The Toyota website has just been updated with an Expressions of Interest page for the LC300, and there are plenty of clues about just what to expect when the vehicle arrives here, including just what it will look like in right-hand drive.

But the big news is the confirmation of what we already thought we knew, and that is that, initially at least, the LC300 will be offered as a diesel-only proposition, with the V6 petrol and the Lexus' hybrid powertrains simply not mentioned.

Australian specs are impressive, though, with Toyota in Australia promising 227kW and 700Nm from the 3.3-litre twin-turbo-diesel, as well as a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity.

"Sporting a brand new 3.3-litre diesel twin-turbo engine and 10-speed transmission across all grades, the LandCruiser 300 is engineered to be lighter, more responsive and stronger," the brand says.

"With 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque it has a braked towing capacity of 3500kg. All that strength, coupled with exceptional off-road stability and 4WD technology, means it will perform where others won’t go."

And the big promises don't end there, with Toyota also pledging:

"The LandCruiser 300 is the new generation in a long line of legends. Like those before it, it is up to the challenge in the bush, the outback, the mountain pass and yet it’s built to take on the city.

"With up to seven seats in Sahara and full time 4WD across all models this is the strongest, safest, smartest and most luxurious LandCruiser yet."

While full pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed, the early interest site does give us a taste of what to expect. Every LandCruiser 300 variant, for example, will get Toyota's new intelligent safety features, but off-road tech like the Multi-Terrain Select with Automatic Mode, will only be available on select trims.

We also know that the Sahara trim will offer the most luxury, with Toyota promising: "The newest LandCruiser variants build on the comfort and luxury you’ve come to expect from the legendary Sahara. But don’t worry, all variants are packed with sophisticated technology designed to help assist you in whatever journey you’re planning."