Details surrounding the new Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series new diesel engine have begun to emerge, with fresh reports out of Japan the updated icon will be equipped with a new 3.3-litre V6 diesel when it lands in 2021.
The reports, though unconfirmed, marry with news first reported in CarsGuide that the locally-delivered Toyota LandCruiser 300 would swap the 2.8-litre diesel offered in international markets for a punchier V6 diesel to satisfy our towing and off-road requirements.
CarsGuide understands the engine, which will be a new offering from Toyota, will out-punch the 200 Series on both power and torque, which should mean outputs in excess of 200kW and 650Nm.
Toyota Australia's sales and marketing chief, Sean Hanley, has said a new-gen car will continue to the LandCruiser's legacy of improving power, torque, towing and capability with each new model.
In fact, he told CarsGuide the new model would improve the LandCruiser formula in every imaginable way - no matter how many cylinders it has.
"Toyota has a long-term commitment to the LandCruiser, it is a deeply important car to our brand. It's a nameplate that has served customers in some of Australia’s toughest conditions for more more than 60 years," Mr Hanley said.
"During that time. I’m immensely proud that LandCruiser has established a track record of continuing to improve its torque, its power, its towing and, of course, its off-road abilities. That what’s LandCruiser stands for.
"And I can assure you that any new-generation model will have the enhanced capabilities, and I am more than confident it will strengthen LandCruiser's legend status."
According to new Japanese reports, the 300's development has been delayed, given overseas testing has not been possible. It could mean the 300 Series won't be revealed until March next year, with a possible on-sale later in 2021.
The diesel engine is expected to be joined by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine, with a hybrid version of that engine expected to follow.