In a rare set of events, someone at a Toyota company meeting has broken protocol and has leaked the Japanese car brand’s timetable for its next-generation model lineup. Usually, these things are kept away from the prying eyes of the public, but thanks to the leak of an internal presentation we get to see what Toyota has in store for the next few years.
The next-generation model timeline spans from 2020 all the way to 2024 with a couple of key models set to launch soon. While these don’t include all the global and region localized models these are what you should expect to see in the near future. It is important to note that even with the leak Toyota may adjust its timetable due to the Coronavirus.
First on the list is the Land Cruiser 300 series. Although it comes as no surprise the all-new vehicle was supposed to make its debut in 2020 but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been delayed to 2021. There are still a lot of unknowns about this SUV especially since it is rumored to get a new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine as well as a hybrid drivetrain soon. The all-new SUV is supposedly expected to launch in the first half of 2021 in Japan. Its also rumored that the Land Cruiser will now become a more off-road focused machine and will lose most of its luxuries.
Aside from a major nameplate like the Land Cruiser, other models in the brand’s lineup will also get a couple of refreshes. First on the list is supposedly the Camry since the model is in the middle of its lifecycle and is just about due to get a facelift or refresh soon. Other models that use the same platform as the Camry will also be getting a facelift as well such as the Lexus ES and LS.
Facelifts and minor upgrades are all good and all but where things get interesting is the all-new models. Another hyped-up nameplate is Toyota’s very own entry-level sports car the GT86. The second generation of the performance vehicle the GR86 is said to be getting a new and more powerful engine. While other details such as its design and specifications are still unknown, it's still a vehicle to get excited about. It is expected to launch in mid-2021.
Aside from those major models here is what else to expect based on the leaked image. Toyota should be releasing an all hybrid model range for the Sienna minivan sometime this year along with an all-new crossover model as well. Launch dates weren’t specified but the Sienna is interesting as it's the first time that a minivan will have a hybrid-only model range for the brand. As for the crossover it was originally supposed to make its debut in March but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like its launch has been postponed to a later date.
Moving on to the year 2021 onwards timeframe. Toyota plans to launch at least four new vehicles within that year. These include the Land Cruiser 300 series (LC 300), an all-new CUV, and the all-new Tundra full-size pickup. While the LC 300 should be launching in the first half of 2021, the Tundra should be revealed towards the end of the second half of that year riding on a new TNGA-F chassis. It is also rumored that it will be dropping its V8 engine option and will get a twin-turbo V6 instead.
The Tundra’s full size SUV brother the Sequoia should also be revealed towards the end of the 2021 year. Entering 2022 the full size SUV along with the 4runner should be revealed and launched within that given time frame. With so many models to look forward to it's not hard to see that Toyota has got an exciting couple of years planned for its vehicle models.