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Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series - hybrid confirmed, downsized engines expected

The new-generation Toyota LandCruiser may not be here anytime soon, but the promises are pretty big on this one (image: mr4x4).

There’s a lot of talk about the next-generation Toyota LandCruiser SUV - the model that will replace the ageing 200 Series has big shoes to fill, after all.

But Toyota Australia vice president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, was offering no official word on what to expect when we spoke to him at the 2019 Tokyo motor show.

“Right now we don’t have any announcements to make on the new-generation LandCruiser,” he said. “All I can tell you is the current-generation model is still doing its 900 per month, every month, each month. It’s very popular.”

The LandCruiser 200 Series range was recently revised to be a diesel-only offering, with the muscular petrol V8 having been axed from the range. But that clearly hasn’t stopped buyers - the majority of which were purchasing the diesel model, anyway.

And after 12 years on the market, the days of the big diesel V8 - a 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, good for 200kW and 650Nm - could be numbered too.

“It may be getting long in the tooth, but I can tell you, it’s holding its sales rate. It’s a brilliant car, it has a huge market, and we have a very loyal LandCruiser base in Australia.

“I can tell you whatever we bring in the future will be exciting and capable,” said Mr Hanley.

Could that point to a downsized, more efficient turbo-diesel V6 or V8? Time will tell, but we also know that the brand will offer a hybrid version of the ‘Cruiser as part of the next-generation range - and as part of its sister product lineup in the Lexus LX, which we know will launch well before 2025.

“We’ve always maintained that whatever we do in the future… we will continue to have LandCruisers going forward. And we will bring out - in the future - some type of electrification. There’s no doubt - we have to to meet targets,” he said.

“We are giving certainty to our rural customers that we will have capability - whatever we bring out, we will have the capability required to fulfill their requirements.

“It’s a really important car to our line-up, so you can be sure it’ll be capable,” he said. “I think our loyal owner base will be very pleased.

“We haven’t firmed up our product offering for the future, but potentially we could have hybrid diesels,” said Mr Hanley. Such a powertrain would be Toyota’s first diesel-electric offering, though other brands such as Mercedes-Benz already have these options available.

Matt Campbell
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Matt Campbell has been at the forefront of automotive media for more than a decade, working not only on car reviews and news, but also helping manage automotive outputs across print, online, video and audio. After completing his media degree at Macquarie University, Matt was an intern at a major news organisation as part of the motoring team, where he honed his skills in the online automotive reviews and news space. He did such a good job there they put him on full time, and since then he has worked across different automotive media outlets, before starting with CarsGuide in October 2017. At CarsGuide Matt has helped shape the video output of the business, while also playing a key role in management behind the scenes, and helping in-market new car buyers make the right choice by continually evolving CarsGuide's comparison reviews. Driving more than 100 cars a year seemed like a dream to Matt when he first started out, but now it's all just part of the job - a job he loves and plans to stay in for a long time to come. Matt is also an expert in used car values, as he's always on the hunt for a bargain - be it a project beater or a prime example of the breed. He currently owns a 2001 Audi TT quattro and a 2007 Suzuki Jimny JLX.
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