Toyota recently introduced the world to the new LC300 generation of Land Cruiser, a complete redesign from the ground up. With a new chassis, engine options, and technology, customers are excited for what this new model has to offer. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States, you won't be able to experience it as Toyota has confirmed that it won't be sold here. The reason for this is likely due to the fact that almost no one bought the last model.
However, those who still want to own a version of the new Land Cruiser can do so with the LX 600. This model is based on the same architecture as the global Land Cruiser and features an independent, multi-link front suspension at the rear with a reinforced chassis for improved handling, comfort, and capacity. The three-quarter rear image of the LX 600 reveals some key style details in common with both the global version of the new Land Cruiser and the LX 600. It also shares a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V-6 along with a 10-speed automatic with the Tundra.
The Japanese automaker surprised Land Cruiser loyalists when it announced the end of its big truck race last year. However, it is not clear what Toyota has in mind as official prices were notably absent in the announcement. Historically, Land Cruisers are much more affordable outside of the US market.The new Land Cruiser looks like an incredibly capable machine regardless of terrain and while there may be little in common visually between it and the global J300 Land Cruiser, they're almost identical underneath their cabs. Enthusiasts and American fans of Land Cruiser will no doubt be disappointed but there's no way around the stark reality of sales figures.The Sequoia appears to occupy the throne as Toyota's flagship sports utility vehicle in the absence of the Land Cruiser.
Sadly, since Americans had an aversion to an overpriced SUV that Toyota seemed hell-bent on cannibalizing, we'll have to wait to see how good the LC300 Land Cruiser actually is.