indestructible, immortal, but not for us

Twelve years after the previous generation, seven decades after the birth of the line, the most famous Japanese franchisor is getting a makeover. Here is the thirteenth Toyota Land Cruiser of the name, largely modernized and gentrified, but still also able to trudge. Unfortunately, this resistance fighter may not put his wheels in Europe.

In total, around 10 million Toyota Land Cruisers have been sold since the very first model appeared in 1951. The FJ and BJ, at the time, were authentic rustic 4x4s, tough to work … and that has not really changed, although the last generations have become quite luxurious, to meet the demand of certain markets, Russia and the Middle East mainly. Nevertheless, his qualities as a franchiser have always been of the utmost importance.

The Land Cruiser has also always remained faithful to a good old separate chassis, with a rigid axle at the rear. Note also that the HJ70 / HDJ70 series, which appeared in 1984, is still manufactured and sold in certain markets. In Africa, as elsewhere, it is said that it is appropriate “to choose a Defender to go into the desert, but to prefer a Land Cruiser to come back” …

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (2021): indestructible, immortal ... but not for us

The 300 Series that we are discovering today is therefore the heir to the Land Cruiser 200, which will still have lived for almost 13 years. The massive style remains in the vein of its predecessor, in much more opulent however … and the observation is especially valid for the interior. Ubiquitous leathers, screens … but still various off-road functions and modes, to configure piloted suspension or self-locking differentials (3 differentials).

Two cylinders and 200 kg lost

Toyota assures us that the Land Cruiser’s qualities as an adventurer are intact despite the use of new Toyota modular platform (TNGA), here specially adapted to off-road obviously. No question of debunking an icon, nor of disappointing the followers. New offroad electronic aids are appearing, grouped together under a set of functions called Multi-terrain Select.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (2021): indestructible, immortal ... but not for us

The new technical base has all the same made it possible to seriously lower the weight of the mastodon … as well as the abandonment of the ancient and unwavering 5.7L atmospheric V8. In total, 200 kg were gained on the scale. The engines have also followed the same path, downsizing and hunting for grams of rigor. Two twin-turbo V6s are now on the program: a 3.5 l petrol (415 hp, 650 Nm of torque), and a 3.3 l Diesel (309 hp, 600 Nm).

Even in its conditions, its eventual arrival on the European market is far from guaranteed. A fortiori in France, where our colorful penalty is playing tricks on fans of large format franchisers. At Toyota, to date, the top of the 4×4 range is provided by the Highlander. Admittedly honorable in all-terrain, but much more typical SUV in the spirit … and hybrid.

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