A fresh report out of Australia suggests Toyota will build its last V8-powered Land Cruiser 200 by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
According to CarAdvice.com.au, production of the Land Cruiser 200’s 4,5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine will come to an end in March 2021. The publication claims dealers have been asked to “place their final orders”.
Interestingly, the report also suggests the Japanese automaker will offer a limited-edition version of the V8-powered Land Cruiser 200 in some markets as something of a swansong of this long-running generation.
In South Africa, the Land Cruiser 200 range comprises two variants, both offering 195 kW and 650 N.m courtesy of the oil-burning eight-cylinder engine. The GX-R model is currently priced from R1 107 900, while the flagship VX-R derivative starts at R1 544 200.
The latest reports claim the upcoming Land Cruiser 300 will head into production towards the middle of 2021, debuting a new 3,3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine (which rumours suggest will eventually power the upcoming GR Hilux, too).
The oil-burning powerplant is tipped to be joined by a twin-turbo 3,5-litre V6 petrol engine (depending on the market, of course), with an electrified version of the latter likely to follow at a later stage. In addition, Toyota 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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