We were excited when we caught wind of the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser. After all, the current generation model, dubbed the LC200, has been around for more than a decade now. However, development seems to have hit a snag, and it could mean a delay for the all-new model.
According to Japanese publication Carsensor.net, Toyota board members familiar with the Land Cruiser development said that its design has been sent back to the drawing board. The report also said that 'rethinking is necessary', and the look is too similar to the current model. An unnamed executive in the report also said that he thought it was a minor model change.
This gives us an idea as to how the 2020 (or 2021) Land Cruiser might have looked like before the board voted to make changes to it. It is possible that the redesign would have been evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. But with the design team tasked to re-do the SUV, this may not be the case anymore. However, given the Land Cruiser's fan and enthusiast base, it seems likely that Toyota will still tread on the side of caution with the future Land Cruiser.
As for engines, the report stated that diesel power will remain in the Land Cruiser. At the same time, hybridization is also planned, as mentioned in the past report. There are no concrete details as to what the gas, hybrid, and turbodiesel engines will be just yet. However, it is possible that internal tweaks will be made to the 4.5-liter D-4D V8 diesel for better performance and economy. As for the hybrid, it could pick it up from the 2018 Crown. In the case of the Crown, it uses a 3.5-liter V6 coupled to electric motors for a total output of 359 PS.
With that, it seems like the future Land Cruiser will be the most high-tech version yet, should the hybrid version push through. So will the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser be a dramatic redesign or will Toyota still play it safe with a subtle evolution? It looks like we'll have to wait until 2020, or 2021, to find out.