New Toyota Land Cruiser 300: fresh engine details emerge from Japan…

By: CAR magazine

A fresh report out of Japan claims the upcoming Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will employ a 3,5-litre V6 petrol hybrid powertrain.

According to Japan’s Best Car, the successor to the Land Cruiser 200 will be revealed in early August 2020. The publication claims (as earlier reports suggested) Toyota will ditch the V8 engine in favour of a six-cylinder unit.

The latest report claims the 3,5-litre V6 hybrid mill will offer all four wheels some 220 kW and 356 N.m. While those figures are down on the 243 kW/460 N.m generated by the 4,6-litre V8 petrol engine offered in the outgoing model in some markets, it’s worth pointing out the new generation is expected to be considerably lighter.

It’s not yet clear what Toyota’s plans are in terms of diesel power for the upcoming Land Cruiser 300, what with the current model in South Africa employing a 4,5-litre V8 turbodiesel worth 195 kW and 650 N.m. Indeed, the Japanese report makes no mention of oil-burning options.

Interestingly, Best Car also claims the new model will be offered in two-row, five-seater form as well as three-row, eight-seater guise.

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