A fresh report out of Japan suggests a next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser 200 will arrive in 2020, dropping its V8 engine in favour of a version of the twin-turbo 3,5-litre V6 already used in the Lexus LS sedan.
According to Best Car, a concept previewing the new Land Cruiser may well be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019.
The Japanese publication suggests the new Land Cruiser – as well as the next-generation Lexus LX that will be developed alongside it – will ride on a new ladder frame chassis, offering reduced weight and improved safety credentials.
The V6 – which in the Lexus LS makes 310 kW and 600 N.m – is likely to be mated to all four corners via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, Best Car also reports a hybrid powertrain is in the works. However, no mention of diesel is made.
The current-generation J200 model (pictured below) has been in production since September 2007, with the Lexus LX following two months later.
While in other markets (including North America) Toyota offers a 5,7-litre V8 petrol engine, in South Africa the Land Cruiser 200 is available only with a 4,5-litre turbodiesel of the same configuration, offering 195 kW and 650 N.m.