Toyota Land Cruiser is Coming Back

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams
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toyota land cruiser to debut on august 1

The Toyota Land Cruiser is making its debut next week.

We knew that Toyota had intentions to bring the iconic Land Cruiser nameplate back. Now, the brand has officially announced when the vehicle will debut – August 1. Next Tuesday, at 9:20 PM Eastern, Toyota will take the wraps off the Land Cruiser.

Toyota’s announcement also includes the most revealing preview of the Land Cruiser’s styling, yet. The glimpse of front fascia looks to show off a retro design, inspired by Land Cruisers of yore. The small grille, blocky shapes, and square headlights would look at home on the 1970s model in the background of Toyota’s teaser. We’ve already seen the silhouette of the forthcoming Land Cruiser; it clearly shares a lot with the recently revealed Lexus GX. Both the silhouette and front grille preview tell us that Toyota’s definitely leaning hard on its past for the new model.

Like the Lexus GX, we expect the Toyota Land Cruiser to share much under the skin. It’ll likely get the same off-road-ready five-link solid rear axle, and trick four-wheel-drive system. Power will likely come from the same 3.4-liter turbocharged engine. In the Lexus GX it produces 349 horsepower and 479 ft-lbs of torque. Lexus says a hybrid is coming soon, and we’d expect that hybrid to also make its way to the Land Cruiser.

Since Toyota is downmarket from Lexus, the Land Cruiser might not have the same plushness or richness in the interior. Whatever the case, we’ll know more about the new Land Cruiser next Tuesday.

Discuss this on our Toyota Land Cruiser forum.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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