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Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series big V6 diesel engine outputs leaked: Smaller engine smashes 200 Series V8 on power and torque - reports

Toyota has come good on its promises regarding the new 300 Series. (Image credit: Arthur Design Studio)

Toyota has reportedly come good on its promises surrounding the new LandCruiser, with the LC300's V6 diesel out-punching the 200 Series' V8 on power and torque, according to international reporting.

The Japanese media has been hard at work sniffing out the details of the LC300, with Creative 311 quoting dealer sources who have reportedly leaked the outputs of the new V6 diesel engine that was first reported in CarsGuide.

And the news is very good for anyone worried that the new model's smaller engine would underperform. Remember when Toyota promised - via CarsGuide - that the new model "will have the enhanced capabilities, and I am more than confident it will strengthen LandCruiser's legend status"?

Turns out, they weren't kidding. In fact, Japanese media is that the new 3.3-litre diesel engine will produce a whopping 230kW and 687Nm, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The current LC200, for reference, is fitted with a bigger V8 diesel, but produces 200kW and 650Nm.

The news adds weight to comments made by Toyota Australia's VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, that the new model would further the LC story.

"The LandCruiser needs to be capable. It needs to be able to perform, drive, tow, as expected of a LandCruiser," Mr Hanley said.

"It has a huge heritage. It's a legend, actually, of capability in the Australian landscape. It’s clear that the number of cylinders are cubic capacity are not the only things that determine the powertrain performance.

"The powertrain of any future LandCruiser will be built to deliver. It will deliver on power, torque, towing and off- and on-road capabilities. And I am supremely confident that with whatever we do, it will continue to remain a very capable vehicle all round."

According to Japanese media, the second engine offered - at least at launch - will be a petrol-powered twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6. That engine will produce a monstrous 313kW and 589Nm, again paired with a 10-speed automatic.

The LC300 is expected to be revealed as early as this month, ahead of an on-sale date around the middle of the year. And when it does, it will be packing an equipment list miles apart from where it sits today.

Japanese media is reporting that genuine leather seating, a 12.3-inch screen with navigation and a JVBL sound system, a 3D terrain monitor and even fingerprint scanning to prevent theft will be included.

We also know that Toyota in Australia has been "intrinsically involved" in the LC300's development, saying it has the "confidence" to promise that fears the new model will be less rugged and capable than the outgoing LandCruiser 200 Series are wide of the mark.

“We have Altona Vehicle Evaluation section within TMCA (Toyota Australia), and TMC (Toyota Japan) works intrinsically and closely with our group in the development of any off-road vehicles,” says Rod Ferguson, Toyota Australia’s General Manager of Product Planning and Development.

“That’s where we have the confidence to say that the vehicle testing and vehicle suitability - whether it’s towing or off-road performance - will be there in any product we release.”

Toyota's Mr Hanley says he's aware of the "emotion" surrounding the LandCruiser, and reconfirmed his confidence that the new model would out-perform the old.

“I get the emotion of LandCruiser. In many respects, it’s a really strong point for our brand,” he said. “What we don’t want, or what we’re… careful with, is we never ever want to in any way mislead our customers into thinking whatever might or might not happen with a car.

“With LandCruiser, we understand the importance of that car in this market, and we understand our customers functionality requirements in this market, be it off road or performance.

“Whatever LandCruiser we’ve brought out in history, it’s always improved, and we don’t want people to think that we’d ever do something with any LandCruiser, whether that’s now or in 10 years’ time, that would ever diminish its capability in this market.”

International reports have pointed to the LC200 factories now re-tooling for the LC300, with that vehicle expected to debut as early as this month ahead of an on-sale date - at least internationally - later this year.

The new LC300 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.