The current Toyota Land Cruiser, released in 2008, is a dinosaur in the contemporary automotive landscape. It will therefore be replaced by an all-new model in 2022 or 2023. And we already have the first information about the replacement of the mythical 4x4. According to the Japanese website Best Car Web, the future Land Cruiser will be powered by a hybrid engine!
The old 5.7L V8 engine developing 381 hp will be replaced by the hybrid engine used under the hood of the very modern Lexus LC 500h and LS 500h. It would therefore be a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 coupled to two small electric motors. The combined output is 354 hp. The future Land Cruiser will therefore have similar specs, although they may be slightly modified.
This loss of about 20 horsepower will be largely compensated by a much more modern technique. Thus, the future Land Cruiser will be based on the TNGA-F platform, which will allow it to lose a lot of weight, enough to be much lighter than the current model despite the addition of batteries.
And if the mechanics change at all, the style of the future Land Cruiser should evolve only slightly. Therefore, we can't expect any major changes in the vehicle's design, which will remain very boxy. The arrival of a new generation will in any case help boost sales of the Toyota Land Cruiser, which are starting to seriously weaken in some countries.
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