Even the mighty have predetermined shelf lives which now a days are dictated by market forces and legislation. Toyota’s large Land Cruiser SUV has been earmarked for major engineering revisions without compromise of its original DNA and performance.
So what’s on offer? Given the environmentalists pressure to create eco-friendly machines, Toyota has several aces up in its sleeve and with confidence argues that there is a strong case replacement for displacement for the Land Cruiser without compromise.
In most markets, including the Middle East, the Land Cruiser is offered with V8 engine. For over two decades, the ubiquitous V8 has been the stable mate of this model series.
However, that will change in two years as Toyota prepares the final engineering specifications of the next-generation model. Reports from Japan suggest the 2020 Land Cruiser will receive a de-tuned version of the twin-turbocharged, 3.5-litre V6 engine used in the Lexus LS.
In the LS application, the six pot offers 416hp and the revised engine is expected to be the SUV’s first and most basic engine option. The second will be a 3.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid set-up capable of offering a few kilometres of electric-only driving to satisfy zero-emissions regulations.
Downsizing in the Land Cruiser will not impact the body-on-frame architecture and hence the car’s dimensions will remain roughly the same. However, Toyota could take the design to a new level.