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Toyota LandCruiser 2022: How Australian pricing and engines specs compare to the Nissan Patrol and Land Rover Defender

Don’t want to wait around for a LandCruiser? Here is how the Patrol and Defender stack up.

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? 

Well, here’s your guide to the value equation for the new LandCruiser against its two most obvious rivals – the Nissan Patrol and the Land Rover Defender 110.

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.

All LC300 will be powered by a new 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6, making 227kW and 700Nm, which is mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission with permanent 4WD and low range.

Nissan offers just a pair of Patrols at present – the Ti and Ti-L – both of which are powered by the same 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine, which makes 298kW/560Nm.

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.