The long-awaited Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is now reportedly set for a July reveal, with Toyota readying not one but two 3.5-litre engine options that focus on delivering maximum torque.
That’s the word out of Japan, where local media is now reporting the LandCruiser 300 Series will get a month’s early mark, with the iconic 4WD originally earmarked for an August debut.
But the bigger news is that the 300 Series will make use of two engine choices - one hybrid, one conventional - with the electrified powertrain reportedly set to focus on pulling power.
As previously reported by CarsGuide, the LandCruiser’s petrol V8 engine is set for the global scrap heap (it’s already been axed in Australia), and there has been no word yet about a diesel engine option.
Instead, Japanese media is reporting that the 300 Series will arrive with a Lexus-derived 3.5-litre V6 engine with the choice of electrification.
If the reports are to be believed, your LandCruiser options will include the twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine from the Lexus LS500. In Lexus guise, that engine produces some 310kW and 600Nm, though outputs for the Toyota are yet to be confirmed.
The V8's outputs were 234kW and 460Nm, while the current diesel engine produces 250kW and 650Nm.
Option two, however, would appear to be an electrified version of that same engine, which - though the numbers haven’t been announced - would clearly increase the outputs, with Japanese media promising more power, with a focus on torque.
As previously reported, the new LandCruiser will adopt a ladder-frame TNGA platform, and will arrive in 4WD guise only. Japanese media has also reported the new vehicle's dimensions as 4950mm in length, 1980mm in width, and 1870mm in height, and claimed the exterior design won't stray too far from the current vehicle, only with a bolder front end more in keeping with Toyota's modern line-up.
Critically, Toyota is yet to comment on the new LandCruiser, and CarsGuide hasn’t independently verified these reports.
"That vehicle is under development, and whatever powertrain it comes with will be suited to the Australian marketplace. Apart from that, we have nothing we can confirm at this point,” Toyota Australia has told us in the past.