Toyota has unveiled the new 300 series 2022 Land Cruiser and says it had two development objectives for the new SUV. The first was to “inherit and evolve” its spirit of “reliability, durability, and off-road performance” while the second was to create a ride experience capable of tackling any type of road.
Toyota says that it wanted to keep the vehicle’s body-on-frame structure because it “is the foundation that protects the Land Cruiser’s essence.” In order to pursue its mission of making the SUV capable of tackling any road without tiring the driver, though, it has adopted the new GA-F platform for the vehicle, which is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
That has meant a lighter chassis that is also more rigid and a vehicle whose center of gravity has been moved closer to the ground and whose overall weight is reduced by 200 kg (441 lbs). Toyota handed the Land Cruiser over to many drivers to test it, including Dakar Rally racers in order to make sure that it could compete on and off the road.
The new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser also features new design that has LED lighting elements that extends from the grille and its chunky slats, a popular design choice that helps this wide vehicle look even wider. New squared-off wheel arches cohere with the squared-off design that has been adopted at the front and on the hood (with those two big bulges).
Under the hood, there is a newly developed twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 409 horsepower (305 kilowatts) and 479 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters) of torque. Despite having two fewer cylinders, the pair of turbos help the V6 develop nearly 30 hp more than the V8, while torque is substantially up by almost 80 lb-ft.
Those tests led to improvements in the basic suspension performance allowing for more wheel articulation, a multi-terrain monitor to give you a better view of the world around you, multi-terrain select which helps optimize the traction for different conditions, and E-KDSS. That last feature is short for “Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System” and Toyota says it’s a world-first that improves road-holding.
The total length, width, and wheelbase, as well as the departure angle and approach angle are the same as the previous, 200 series model. That model was 4,990 mm (196.5 in) long, 1,980 mm (78.0 in) wide, had a 2,850 mm (112.2 in) wheelbase, and had a 32-degree approach angle and a 24-degree departure angle.
The gas engine works with a ten-speed automatic transmission and helps the new Land Cruiser reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds, which is a respectable figure given the SUV’s weight and size.
The cabin is centered around a big, central infotainment screen, though buttons still abound, a decision that Toyota says was taken to keep things intuitive and easy to reach in off-roading situations. Big chunky buttons will give users access to the system’s menus, as well as the vehicle’s many driving modes. A switch for 4 High and 4 Low modes is another sign that off-roading has been a primary focus of the design.
An information display between the two gauges, though, will mean that at least some digital information can be displayed. With an inductive charger for your phone, heated and ventilated seats for your bum, and a JBL sound system for your ears, luxury has not been foregone even if some of the techier fads have been avoided.
Along with all of the off-road technology, there’s also quite a bit of safety technology. The automaker has included its Toyota Safety Sense active safety package, to which two major safety features have been added. The first detects oncoming vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists coming on either side at intersections while the second will help steer you away from a crash if it notices you taking evasive action.
Toyota calls the new 300 series 2022 Land Cruiser, “a vehicle that promises to take you anywhere and everywhere and come back alive and safe.”