The Land Cruiser line of vehicles has long been among Toyota's most beloved nameplates. The first Land Cruiser launched way back in 1951, and now 70 years later, its latest iteration is just about ready to launch in the Philippines.
Details are scarce as of now, but reports indicate that the next-generation Land Cruiser will come with an increased price tag. There’s also no word yet on what variants will be available in the Philippines.
There are also marked changes in the Land Cruiser’s aesthetics—this is an all-new model after all. Toyota has applied a fresh design language to its luxury SUV, which has given the vehicle a more modern and aggressive look. The exterior looks edgier, with sharper lines than the previous generation. These improvements appear to be significant, but whether they can justify the Land Cruiser’s rumored higher price point is anyone’s guess.
As for the interior, Toyota has similarly committed to a change in design. The cabin benefits from a more streamlined layout, with a revamped center console that now sits higher than before. The LC300 also features a floating touchscreen infotainment system that looks improved from the previous generation. Advanced driver-aid features like Multi-Terrain Monitor and Toyota Safety Sense are also available. All in all, the interior looks different enough to feel refreshing, yet it still retains the familiar appearance that you'd expect from a Land Cruiser.
If we go by what’s been released in other markets, we may be looking at a couple of engine options. The first is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine producing 409 hp and 650 Nm of torque. The second engine option is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel with 305 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Both variants are equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and 4x4 capability.
The LC300's local pricing has not been officially revealed, but we can get a rough idea from international sources. Japanese prices for the 2022 Land Cruiser start at an equivalent of P2,260,000 and go up to P3,550,000 for the most expensive variant. However, final pricing in the Philippines could be even higher given the current price of the LC200.