Toyota Teases Land Cruiser Ahead of Aug 1 Debut

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

toyota teases land cruiser ahead of aug 1 debut

The slow drip of information about the upcoming square-as-a-box Toyota Land Cruiser continues with the teaser photo you see above. 

It is widely understood the new Land Cruiser will be based on the same platform as the recently unveiled 2024 Lexus GX, another boxy brute set to be offered with a new Overtrail trim that provides extra off-road grunt for people who need it or wish to project the image. Other teaser images of the Land Cruiser have shown a side profile and window shapes largely identical to the new GX, so it is safe to say it will share much with its tony cousin.

As for today’s image, we find a bluff nose with narrow rectangle headlamps bookending a grille featuring the TOYOTA billboard made popular by TRD Pro variants of the Toyota truck family. Whether this design will be on all new Land Cruisers or just a trim or two is tough to say, though this author is gratified to see it show up at all. Toyota has chosen to park a 60-series Land Cruiser in the back of the shot, another model which had a similar grille design and rectangular headlamps (albeit ones that used of-the-moment sealed beams). We’ll go out on a limb and say the new Cruiser will have amber turn signals in its taillamps as another throwback gesture.

It would make sense for Toyota to offer the same powertrain as found in the new GX, a 3.4L twin-turbo mill making 349 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft of torque. A hybrid variant, likely with even more power, is promised to appear later in the car’s development cycle. Certain options can jack the GX’s towing capacity to a stout 8,000 pounds. Gritty features on the Overtrail include the likes of 33-inch all-terrain tires, a locking rear diff, and KDSS suspension for extra wheel articulation compared to other trims. Expect the same – and possibly more – in the most rugged variants of this new Land Cruiser.

Toyota promises to unveil this new model in full on August 1, at which time we’ll finally get a good look at what’s surely to be the new darling of Overland types across the land.

[Image: Toyota]

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