Reports from Australia have stated that the debut of the successor to the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 will be delayed until 2021 with a sale date to follow. The next generation of the popular SUV was originally set to make its debut in Japan in July 2020. But in light of recent events and with the world facing off against a global pandemic, the Japanese brand has decided to push back the SUV’s debut to a later date instead.
Rumors have been already been circulating around the internet about the SUV with reports stating that three new powerplants for the vehicle could enter the mix. The first option is the highly anticipated hybrid drivetrain, while the other two are the new gasoline and diesel fed options. While none of these have been confirmed by Toyota it’s still an interesting topic to follow.
Speculations are pointing to the new Land Cruiser using the same engine as its Prado brother but with uprated specs. The engine itself isn’t new as its being used in a wide range of Toyota vehicles already. Locally the 2.8-liter has found a home in the Hiace, Fortuner, Hilux, and Innova. Take it with a grain of salt, however, as the Japanese brand has not released the official power figures for the engine yet. If the rumors are true then like the Prado the new Land Cruiser 300 might come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The news of the diesel engine follows up on reports that state that the full-size SUV could be coming with a twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine that would be replacing the V8 powerplant. The V6 engine is also said to be the basis for the hybrid version of the vehicle although these again are still speculations. Transmission options for the gasoline versions are rumored to be an 8-speed automatic. With still a lot unknown and with more reports coming in on the vehicle, one thing is for sure, Its much-anticipated reveal will be delayed until 2021.