Toyota unveils the all-new 2022 Land Cruiser with V6 engines
Giving lineage to 70 years of legacy, the new LC300 is an all-new model from the ground up after 14 years. Despite that, the silhouette of the new LC300 is very much similar to the LC200 as it takes on an evolutionary design approach. The front gets a large multi-slat grille adjoined with sleek LED headlights. The GR Sport model features a subtler grille with a large Toyota insignia on the front. The LED DRLs merge with the grille seamlessly and some faux vents can also be seen below the headlights. The high-set bonnet on the LC300 features a large indent in the middle with raised borders for a better view outside.
The side profile of the new LC300 features a sleek shoulder line and curved A and D pillars from the edges. The wheel arches are sculpted to reinforce the SUV quotient and the GR Sport model gets black cladding around. The rear profile is more wholesome with large LED taillights and Land Cruiser badging spread-out. In a nutshell, the all-new LC300 is more of an evolution than a revolution.
2021 Land Cruiser features a host of tech and makes the daily routine easier. The optional 12.3-inch infotainment system also incorporates an offroad under view camera - similar to what we have seen with flagship Land Rover models. Along with that, it also offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, surround-view camera and more. The LC300 also boasts luxury features like wireless charging, electric tailgate, heads-up display, electrically adjustable steering wheel, fingerprint authentication system etc.
The all-new LC300 is underpinned by the GA-F platform that is based on TNGA with a body-on-frame structure. The updated platform has managed to shed weight by 200 kg and lower the centre of gravity.The new chassis is more rigid and hosts the updated suspension components benefiting the offroad performance. The E-KDSS (Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) that is said to be the first in the world is exclusive to the LC300 and it can disengage the anti-roll bars for better wheel articulation whilst offroading. The updated Multi-Terrain Select automatically judges the road conditions and selects the suitable driving mode. Like most of the new-age SUVs, the LC300 also displays real-time offroad data on the screen.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by twin-turbo V6 petrol and diesel engine options. The 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol churns out 415PS and 650 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel dishes out 309PS and 700 Nm of torque. Both the engines come mated to a newly-developed Direct Shift 10-speed AT. The dimensions and approach and departure angles have been kept the same as the LC200. The LC300 also comes equipped with Toyota's Safety Sense system that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, emergency braking and more.
Text by Amit Sarawat