After years and years of waiting, the time for a new generation of the iconic off-roader has finally come. The current generation has been around for too long, even by the class standards. It was introduced way back in 2007 and despite the updates, it seems a little bit outdated compared to the competition. That’s why fans and automotive enthusiasts from around the world are eagerly waiting for every new detail about the next generation, which will allegedly come already this year, as the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser.
At this point, most things about the new generation are still a secret. However, we’ve managed to find out some of the most basic things about it, especially in terms of the powertrain. On the other side, some things about the new model are relatively easy to predict, so we can get a general picture of the new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser. Still, take some of the info with a dose of the reserve.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Redesign
Without any doubt, the upcoming redesign will bring tons of changes. Simply, the current generation has been around for too long and many areas will bring significant improvements. Of course, one of the things that come to mind first is the platform. In this aspect, we expect no surprise, so the new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser should share most of its mechanics with the upcoming Tundra, which means the same, body-on-frame version of the TNGA architecture.
Benefits from the new platform will be numerous. Not only that it will bring improvements in terms of the ride quality, but you may also count on significant weight savings. At the same time, the new model won’t lose anything of rigidity and the new chassis will actually be even stronger than before. Finally, the new platform will allow the implementation of electrified powertrains in different forms.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Gets New Powertrain Lineup
At this point, the Land Cruiser still relies on good-old V8 engines, which may be capable and super-reliable, but aren’t actually quite efficient, not to mention all the issues with emission standards. Therefore, we are about to see a completely new powertrain lineup. Base models will most likely feature a familiar 3.4-liter turbo V6 engine from Lexus LS, which is good for about 414 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. It will come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
This won’t be the only powertrain option in the offer. We expect to see a hybrid variant in the offer as well, with the same powertrain as the upcoming Tundra. This means a system based on a 3.5-liter V6 engine, in a combination with two or more electric motors. The latest reports suggest a max output of 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. More details should come soon.
Finally, we have no doubt that a diesel version will be offered in certain parts of the world. Allegedly, Toyota is working on a new 3.3-liter V6 turbodiesel, but there are still no estimations in terms of power and torque.
Naturally, the next-generation 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser will get a new exterior design. Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the size. Most likely, the new model won’t be much bigger. The current generation features 112.2 inches in wheelbase which isn’t particularly long for the segment. However, we presume that Toyota engineers don’t want to sacrifice excellent off-road performances, so the overall size should remain largely the same.
Of course, we count on a new styling as well. The testing model has been spotted on the road. However, it still wears a complete camouflage, so we can’t talk about anything specific. On the other see, there is a good number of rendering photos and the common thing for all of them is that they show a rather evolutionary design approach. We presume that Japanese designers don’t think any different.
Big changes should come on the inside as well. The current generation features an exceptional interior quality but the dashboard started to look dated years ago. Therefore, we expect a completely new design, with the same or even better level of quality, but with much more modern aesthetics. Naturally, we also count on a full load of tech features.
When it comes to the interior space, we don’t expect that the new model will be significantly more spacious. The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser will continue with three rows of seats, but the third row will most likely remain relatively tight. Some improvements in terms of cargo space will certainly come.
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Release Date
We expect that the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser could arrive already in the second half of the year, though we are still waiting to hear something from the officials. Key competitors will remain the same, which means models like Nissan Patrol, Mercedes G-Class etc.