toyota land cruiser 300! (E-KDSS & off-road) full review! toyota land cruiser 2022, land cruiser 300

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Toyota land cruiser 300! (E-KDSS & off-road) full review! toyota land cruiser 2022, land cruiser 300

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2022 toyota land cruiser (overview)

One of the best-known vehicles in the world is getting a long-awaited replacement with the debut of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser. Unfortunately for Americans, not coming to the

The new model, known internally and to Land Cruiser enthusiasts as the 300 Series, is a melding of the tried-and-true 200 Series that's been around since 2007 and the GA-F derivative of Toyota's newer TNGA platform. Although it's still a body-on-frame truck-based vehicle, the Land Cruiser's frame has been redesigned in an effort to reduce weight and increase rigidity. Toyota claims the 2022 Land Cruiser is 441 pounds lighter than the old model, which we weighed at 5,774 pounds in five-seat configuration and 5,874 pounds in standard seven-seat configuration. Toyota claims to have also lowered the center of gravity (making it less likely to tip over in extreme situations) and improved the weight distribution.

Pour out a Kirin for the long-serving naturally aspirated V-8, as it's been replaced by a twin-turbocharged V6 making 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, an improvement of 28 hp and 78 lb-ft. In global markets, the Land Cruiser has long been offered with diesel engines as well, and this generation will have an available twin-turbo diesel V-6 with 304 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will mate to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature full-time four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case. In certain markets, a naturally aspirated gas V-6 with a six-speed automatic will also be available. Regardless, Toyota notes the engine and transmission sit inches further back and inches lower in the new SUV relative to the old one.

Putting down the power is an updated suspension, though details are thin. The independent front and live-axle rear suspension designs remain, but the company claims to have improved articulation all around. Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, KDSS, has been updated to E-KDSS, though no details were given. KDSS worked by using hydraulic pressure to modify the resistance of the anti-roll bars or effectively disable them, improving both on-road and off-road performance as needed.

Also assisting off-road are a pair of electronic aides: Multi-Terrain Monitor and Multi-Terrain Select. The former is a camera system that allows the driver to see obstacles that may be obscured by the hood or other parts of the vehicle. The latter automatically changes the drive mode based on the terrain rather than requiring the driver to do it manually.

Getting anywhere off-road requires clearance and good approach, departure, and breakover angles. Toyota has not provided these figures yet, but it does say the exterior dimensions and approach and departure angles are the same as the previous model despite the new styling. This would make the new Land Cruiser inches long, inches wide, and inches tall with a 32-degree approach angle and 24-degree departure angle. Ground clearance is likewise unspecified at this time. The 200 Series had inches. The wheelbase of the new SUV, however, measures the same inches as its predecessor.

The new Land Cruiser's bodywork, is more blocky and features a bigger grille, but is clearly evolved from the previous model. Toyota says features such as the headlights and taillights were deliberately mounted as high as possible where they'd be less likely to be damaged off-road. Three different front ends are offered, two feature horizontal grille slats and a more street-friendly appearance, while the GR Sport trim wears a black grille and bumper that adds a more off-road-ready look to the model.

While the new Land Cruiser will go on sale around the world this summer, it will be the first model in more than 60 years not to be sold in the United States. Reported this disappointing turn of events in 2019, which were initially denied by Toyota before an official announcement was finally made late last year. Toyota has hinted at some potential Land Cruiser news for the at some point in the future, but will only get a new generation of the Land Cruiser-based Lexus LX.

Toyota only builds the Land Cruiser in two factories and it can't enlarge either, so global supply is constrained and the company expects the new model to be very popular abroad. In the , sales numbers have been small for years in part due to the high starting price. The Lexus LX sells at a higher price with a commensurately higher profit margin, so rather than continue to sell both, Toyota will only sell the more profitable Lexus model.

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