The enduring Toyota Land Cruiser is being axed within the U.S., however it could return as a extra fashionable and splendid SUV
by Ciprian Florea, on
Toyota will discontinue the massive Land Cruiser SUV in the USA after 2021. That’s the phrase from Highway&Monitor, the outlet that acquired affirmation from Toyota that 2021 shall be final yr for its range-topping hauler in North America. The Japanese automaker will reportedly return with an all-new Land Cruiser that’s extra fashionable and splendid, however there’s no particular timeline for that.
The truth that Toyota is retiring the current-generation Land Cruiser from the U.S. is way from stunning.
In manufacturing since September 2007, the 200-series SUV is 13 years previous as of late 2020.
By the point it will likely be discontinued in North America, it will likely be 14 years previous, making it the longest working Land Cruiser because the Nineteen Eighties.
The information comes from Highway&Monitor, which says it acquired the next assertion from the Japanese firm: “The Toyota Land Cruiser has been a legendary title for greater than 60 years. Whereas it will likely be discontinued in the USA after the 2021 mannequin yr, we stay dedicated to the big SUV phase and can proceed to discover future merchandise that commemorate the Land Cruiser’s wealthy off-road historical past.”
Why is Toyota placing it to relaxation? Effectively, the Land Cruiser has soldiered on with minor updates since 2007. And despite the fact that it’s fairly succesful on the unbeaten path, it lacks fashionable expertise and it’s V-8 engine can be getting a bit lengthy within the tooth. Add within the growing older inside and it’s fairly apparent that the Land Cruiser can not compete with different SUVs in its phase. At $85,415, the Land Cruiser is nearly $10,000 costlier than each the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, two SUVs which were redesigned for the 2021 and 2018 mannequin years, respectively. Each characteristic fashionable expertise and extra environment friendly drivetrains that the Land Cruiser can’t match within the present structure.
The technological hole is so massive that the Land Cruiser can barely compete with non-premium full-size SUVs just like the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban, a mission that often goes to the Toyota Sequoia. All these haulers price slightly over $50,000, which places them $35,000 beneath the Land Cruiser.
|Kind, Supplies||5.7-liter, 8-cylinder, 32-valve V-type DOHC with twin unbiased VVT-i, EFI, aluminum block with aluminum alloy head|
|Bore x Stroke||3.70 x 4.02 in.|
|Horsepower||381 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|Torque||401 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm|
|Structure||Full-time four-wheel drive|
|Transmission Kind||8-speed Electronically Managed Computerized Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)|
Toyota claims that it’s going to proceed to “discover future merchandise that commemorate the Land Cruiser’s wealthy off-road historical past.” This doesn’t imply that the Land Cruiser will make a comeback, however Automobile and Driver says that an unnamed supply with dealership connections claims that the nameplate will return as an SUV that’s “far more fashionable and splendid.”
Alternatively, the Land Cruiser makes up a tiny fraction of Toyota’s general gross sales within the U.S. with simply fewer than 4,000 items bought per yr since 2016, so the massive SUV may very well be gone for good. However the Land Cruiser will stay out there in different markets and a new-generation mannequin may very well be launched in Asia and even Australia, the place the SUV is way extra in style.
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been round since 1951
The Land Cruiser is one in every of Toyota’s most iconic nameplates. It’s additionally one of many longest working, having been stored alive repeatedly since 1951. The Land Cruiser debuted within the early Nineteen Fifties as a two-door soft-top crossover. A redesign from 1955 added extra physique kinds and shorter wheelbase fashions. Toyota revised the Land Cruiser once more in 1960 because the J40. The longest working technology of the SUV, the J40 remained in manufacturing till 1984, when the J70 debuted. A comfort-oriented J60 mannequin was bought from 1980 to 1990. The J80 adopted from 1990 to 1997, whereas the J100 got here into dealerships to fill the hole from 1998 to 2007, when the present Land Cruiser was launched.
The 200-series Land Cruiser is at the moment inbuilt Japan and it’s out there with a wide range of gasoline and diesel engines. In some markets it’s provided with a 4.0-liter V-6, a 4.6-liter V-8, and a 4.5-liter turbodiesel V-8. Within the U.S., the Land Cruiser comes with a much bigger, 5.7-liter gasoline V-8 that cranks out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. This engine is shared with the Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, in addition to the Lexus LX.
Ciprian’s ardour for every little thing with 4 wheels (and extra) began again when he was just a bit boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was nonetheless the good automobile poster you may dangle in your wall. Ciprian’s profession as a journalist started lengthy earlier than incomes a Bachelor’s diploma, however it was solely after graduating that his love for automobiles grew to become a occupation.
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