There’s currently a shortage of Toyota Land Cruiser 300 units around the world, and there’s already a four-year waitlist in Japan. This will surely affect stocks in the Philippines, so instead of waiting for one, why not check out the all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia. Okay, so the Sequoia is exclusive to North America, but if there’s one thing that has proven time and time again, this behemoth of an SUV is popular in the local gray market.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia looks completely different from the 15-year-old model that it replaces. The design looks very similar to the North American-exclusive Tundra full-size pickup, but that’s not surprising since they both share the same fundamentals. There’s a massive grille up front that’s flanked b T-shaped LED headlights, while the blacked-out A-pillars are a first for the Sequoia. The rear end is also more dynamic than the previous model, thanks to its slim LED taillights and sloping roof pillars (or at least an illusion of it).
The all-new Sequoia is still a body-on-frame SUV, which is a rarity in the North American market nowadays. Apart from the Tundra, its TNGA platform is highly related to the Land Cruiser 300’s as well. While no details have been released yet regarding its dimensions, its approach, break-over, and departure angles seem to look less superior than the Land Cruiser.
As expected, the interior of the Toyota Sequoia is a massive departure from the outgoing model. Just like the Tundra, the new Toyota Audio Multimedia infotainment system can either be in 8- or 14-inches, depending on the variant. All variants, however, will come with a 12-inch fully-digital gauge cluster. The interior is also far more premium than before, and this is more evident with the new, luxurious Capstone variant that also debuted in the Tundra. There are also features such as heated and ventilated front seats, a JBL sound system, and of course the full suite of Toyota Safety Sense driver-assistance features.
Powering the Toyota Sequoia is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and an electric motor that produces 437 hp and 790 Nm of torque, which is 56 hp and 246 Nm more than the previous 5.7-liter non-turbo V8. Power is then sent to the rear or all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic. If this powertrain sounds familiar, that’s because the Tundra also uses this engine.
As mentioned, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia most likely won’t be offered by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), but if the idea of waiting for years for your brand-new Land Cruiser, then waiting for the Sequoia through gray market vendors might be a good alternative.