Toyota revealed its all-new Land Cruiser 300 earlier this week, captivating the 4×4 community in the process with a brand new design, fresh engines and modern tech, but the initial release didn’t include all the specifications that fans want to know. More specifically it lacked data on the LC 300’s off-road credentials.
But now Toyota’s New Zealand division has spilled the beans on some of these figures. It mentions a (preliminary) wading depth of 700 mm, a ground clearance of 235 mm, approach angle of 32 degrees and a departure angle of 25 degrees. By comparison, the current Land Cruiser 200 has a slightly lower ground clearance of 230 mm and respective approach and departure angles of 32,0 and 24,0 degrees.
The braked towing capacity remains as before at 3 500 kg.
Wheel sizes have increased too, with the base model’s rim size increasing from 17-inches to 18-inches, while the range-topping VX Limited receives 20” wheels.
GR Sport models also have Adaptive Variable Suspension and four new drive modes in the form of Sport S, Sport S+, Comfort and Customise. But when heading off the beaten track, owners will appreciate the good old fashioned lockable front and rear differentials.
The Land Cruiser 300 also boasts a Multi Terrain Select system as well as a raft of crash-avoidance and pre-collision systems.
Toyota has also released additional information on the interior features. For starters, a head-up display is available for the first time, while families can look forward to six USB ports, four of which are in the back. The central command centre is a high-mounted 12,3-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Buyers can also look forward to more in the way of performance and all-round refinement as the Land Cruiser 300 is built around a new platform called GA-F, which is related to TNGA architecture but retains the ladder-frame construction. The new architecture has allowed the Land Cruiser 300 to shed 200 kg, although it’s still no lightweight given that the current LC 200 weighs 2 740 kg.
As previously reported, the Land Cruiser 300 is available with a pair of brand new twin-turbo V6 engines, in the form of a 3,3-litre diesel that produces 225 kW and 700 N.m and a 3,5-litre petrol that delivers 305 kW and 650 N.m. Both are paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.
South African specifications and pricing will be released at launch, which takes place at the beginning of August.