Toyota’s worst-kept secret has finally bowed down to the world today. The all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 officially makes its debut and at this point, you’re already probably familiar on how Toyota’s full-size SUV looks like.
Not much to talk about here in terms of design. We’ve seen this face for quite a while now, with its large grille with a U-shaped lower grille with horizontal slats. Toyota says that the LED headlights have been positioned high in order to prevent any damages while off-roading.
Dimensionally, the all-new Land Cruiser is the same in every measure as the previous model, which means this new model measures 4,990 mm long, 1,980 mm wide, 1,865 mm tall, with a 2,850 mm wheelbase. The approach and departure angles are also the same, which are 32 degrees and 24 degrees, respectively.
We’ve also seen the all-new Land Cruiser’s interior before thanks to numerous leaks, so it’s no surprise at this point that the cabin is much more premium and upmarket than ever before. There’s a large center touch screen, but thankfully, Toyota still kept the hard buttons for easier operation while off-roading.
Over the years, the Land Cruiser has become more luxurious after every succeeding generation, and this all-new model is no exception. Apart from the use of plush materials, the Land Cruiser can be equipped with features such as heated and cooled seats, a JBL surround sound system, wireless charging, just to name a few. The Land Cruiser is also popular as a vehicle used by the United Nations, so expect variants that aren’t as luxurious as what you see here.
Underpinning the all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is a new GA-F platform, which is an adaptation of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) but for body-on-frame vehicles. The resulting body is much more rigid and is lighter by 200 kg. The all-new Land Cruiser 300 has also been subjected to numerous tests by Dakar Rally racecar drivers to make sure the all-new Land Cruiser is an excellent off-road performer.
One of the Land Cruiser’s signature features is its Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which lets the suspension disconnect from the sway bars in order to increase wheel articulation while off-roading. For this iteration, KDSS is now electronically controlled (now called E-KDSS) which is another world’s first that improves the Land Cruiser’s off-road capability even further.
Toyota has bid farewell to the previous model’s V8 gasoline and diesel engines in favor of smaller but more powerful twin-turbo V6 engines. The 3.5-liter gasoline mill produces 415 hp and 650 Nm of torque while the 3.3-liter diesel motor produces 309 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated solely to a 10-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.
Toyota is also debuting a new GR Sport variant, which will be a “performance-oriented” Land Cruiser. Unfortunately, no other details have been revealed at this point.
The all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is also equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which is the brand’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems. These features include the usual radar cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning. New for the Land Cruiser, however, is a feature that detects oncoming vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians when turning at an intersection, and a steering assist feature that quickens the steering if the vehicle detects the driver taking evasive action.
On top of all these, the all-new Land Cruiser can be equipped with a plethora of cameras, including one that lets you see what’s under the front end of the vehicle to aid in off-roading.
The all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser is expected to go on sale in global markets in just a few months time, with a Philippine launch probably happening near the end of the year or in the beginning of 2022.