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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know the all-new Toyota LandCruiser LC300 is coming soon.
We’ve written plenty about the new model, including details on its twin-turbo V6 engine, new TNGA platform and how much it will cost. But how will it stack up to its rivals?
Toyota revealed pricing and specifications for the LC300 line-up in August, with a six-tier range that begins with the GX at $89,900 before on-road costs and stretches up to the Sahara ZX at $138,790.
The Ti manages to undercut the entry-level LandCruiser by a significant $8830, starting at $81,160. The Ti-L is priced from $94,115 which positions it between the LandCruiser GX and GXL (from $101,790).
While the top-spec Patrol is a lot more affordable than the new LandCruiser, it’s also a lot older having first debuted back in 2010. So even aside from the specification differences between the pair, the LC300 is a generation newer than the Nissan.
That’s not the case for the Land Rover Defender 110 though, which only launched in 2019 and features the latest platform, powertrains and off-road technology the British brand has to offer.
The Defender 110 also has a lot more variety than the LandCruiser LC300 range, with a line-up that’s twice as big. Land Rover Australia offers 12 Defender 110 variants with five engine options and five trim lines – entry-level, S, SE, X-Dynamic HSE and X.
The most affordable Defender 110 is the P300 powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, good for 221kW/400Nm, which starts at $76,836 – more than $13,000 cheaper than the LandCruiser GX.
But the closest rival in terms of performance and cost is the D300 SE, which starts at $96,656 – positioning it between GX ($89,990) and GXL ($101,790) – and has a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel making a similar 220kW/650Nm.
The D300 X-Dynamic HSE has the same engine, and its $113,856 starting price positions it as a direct rival to the LandCruiser VX, which start at $113,990. While the $143,066 D300 X sits above the range-topping LandCruiser Sahara ZX, priced from $138,790.
Unlike the diesel-only Toyota range, Land Rover has a variety of petrol-powered Defenders. Above the P300 sits the P400 S, which gets a more potent 3.0-litre turbocharged six cylinder that makes 294kW/550Nm, and starts at $92,236. There are also four more trim levels for the same engine, the P400 SE ($103,676), P400 XS ($113,456), P400 X-Dynamic HSE ($120,356) and P400 X (from $145,166).
And the ace in the hole for the Defender 110, if you don’t find the LC300’s new twin-turbo V6 powerful enough for you, is the Defender V8 with its supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that makes 386kW/625Nm. But it doesn’t come cheap, starting at $215,676, which is a whopping $76,886 more than the Sahara ZX.