A fresh report out of Australia suggests the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will be offered with a version of the Japanese firm’s 2,8-litre turbodiesel engine.
According to CarsGuide, the replacement for the Land Cruiser 200 will be available with a presumably uprated version of the 2,8 GD-6 oil-burner already used in the Hilux and Fortuner (as well as the Prado in some markets), mated to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
In the Hilux, the four-cylinder turbodiesel generates up to 130 kW and 450 N.m, although we suspect Toyota would have to turn up the wick quite a bit for use in the heavier Land Cruiser 300. For the record, the outgoing model in South Africa employs a 4,5-litre V8 turbodiesel worth 195 kW and 650 N.m.
CarsGuide added the Land Cruiser 300 was likely to be launched only in June 2021, after earlier rumours suggested a reveal in July 2020.
And other engine options? Well, reports out of Japan have suggested the new model will be offered with the choice of two 3,5-litre V6 petrol engines (each featuring an eight-speed automatic gearbox), one of which will be electrified. The hybrid version, of course, is expected to offer a more impressive spread of torque, with a firm focus on pulling power.
The Japanese firm is widely expected to ditch the 243 kW/460 N.m 4,6-litre V8 petrol engine employed by the outgoing model in some markets.
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