Toyota’s Land Cruiser is quickly to be a casualty of technological development, after rumors of the venerable SUV being dropped had been confirmed by Automotive and Driver after they spoke with a accomplice in a big vendor franchise who mentioned that 2021 could be the tip of the highway for this premium SUV. This appears to substantiate some earlier reporting we shared from Motor Authority.
The Land Cruiser makes use of a 5.7-liter, DOHC 32-valve V8 with twin unbiased variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, versus a turbocharged, inline-six-cylinder with an built-in electrical motor within the BMW X5, with an extra 9 hp and 32 lb-ft greater than Toyota’s flagship SUV. Mixed metropolis/freeway MPGs are 14 within the Toyota. For funsies, we in contrast that to the 78 metropolis/77 freeway MPGe in an Audi e-tron, simply as a reminder how far new tech has come.
The 200 Sequence, because the Land Cruiser is thought to aficionados, has been round since 2007, a 14-year run that has seen a whole lot of different SUVs come and go. Its body-on-frame development is widespread solely to a handful of different utes, with extra headed the best way of unibody development for his or her lighter weight and higher gas effectivity. Merely put, it seems the Land Cruiser’s time has come.
That very same supply mentioned that we should always not mourn the lack of the Land Cruiser for too lengthy, and that he thought it will be reprised in a extra fashionable, luxurious model, very similar to the Ford Bronco. Let’s hope Toyota retains the identical rugged, utilitarian spirit embodied the unique Land Cruiser, and never turn into one other crossover just like the Chevrolet Blazer.
Styling and gas economic system apart, do we actually want one other crossover in a subject as crowded with them as there are actually? If a brand new Land Cruiser doesn’t possess the identical third-world-conquering capabilities of the present mannequin, why deliver it again? For the fashionistas, there’s already the Highlander and the brand new Venza. If journey journey is your factor, there’s the 4Runner, or the Sequoia. Come to consider it, perhaps Toyota is just thinning the herd, content material to work with their different current platforms.