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Toyota's warning for Land Cruiser 200 Series shoppers: Buy now or you'll pay later as 300 Series prepares to launch

Toyota 200 Series shoppers are facing some hurdles

Toyota has issued a fresh warning for 200 Series, with growing delays and eye-watering pricing for the last examples of the iconic off-roader before the all-new 300 Series is revealed, possibly as soon as next month.

While fresh reporting from Japan suggests production for the 200 Series is now limited to those who have already ordered one as the plants tool up for the 300 Series, Toyota in Australia insists you can still order the ageing icon... for now.

But those who do want the existing LC200 rather than the new LC300 should prepare for longer than usual wait times and, if anecdotal evidence is to be believed, opportunistic pricing from some suppliers.

"We pleased to be experiencing strong demand for the LC200, driven by recent increased domestic travel in off-road vehicles," a Toyota spokesperson told CarsGuide.

"Due to this high demand there is currently a slightly longer waiting period for certain variants of LC200, we recommend that customers contact their local / preferred dealer for the most accurate information on stock availability in their area."

The advice comes as the countdown to the LC200 being removed from sale continues, with international reporting suggesting - in Japan at least - it'll happen by the end of March.

Essentially, the closer the 300 Series gets, the closer the 200 Series gets to its own demise. And with fresh reports out of Japan that Toyota will be releasing the new version of its iconic off-roader in April, the outgoing model is now almost done with.

As reported in CarsGuide, some 1326 LC200s were sold in February, up 16 per cent on the month before, and a huge 49.2 per cent year-to-date. More impressive, the ageing icon shifted 15,000 units in 2020, too, up from around 13000 units in 2019.

But reports out of Japan suggest the new model will debut in April, ahead of an official on-sale date in Australia expected around the third quarter of 2021. We know already it will ride on a new ladder-frame TNGA platform, and will be fitted with a trio of engines, but the first to arrive in Australia should be a new 3.3-litre six-cylinder diesel, which Toyota locally has promised will outperform the now-defunct V8 on both power and torque. 

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is also expected to be around $7000 more expensive when it debuts, as the Japanese giant recoups development costs for the new TNGA platform, new V6 diesel engine and new safety equipment, according to reports in Japanese media.

The new LC 300 will reportedly be bigger in almost every key dimension than the vehicle it replaces, stretching some 4970mm in length, 1985mm in width and 1870mm in height, and it will ride on a 2900mm wheelbase. Inside, there will be a choice of five or eight-seat configurations, over two or three rows. Inside, there will be a 12.3-inch multimedia screen, and Toyota's Safety Sense package will add active safety kit.