The video demonstrates the off-road capabilities of the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300August 16, 2021
In case anyone missed it: Toyota has created a dedicated YouTube channel for everything to do with the Land Cruiser 300 Series. Sadly, it’s only available in Japanese, but it’s worth sharing nonetheless as it shows the respected SUV proving its worth in various grueling off-road tests.
While ski jumping and fast sand races are not exhaustive for assessing the capabilities of the Land Cruiser, the third video shows the top-of-the-line GR Sport traversing rough terrain. The Gazoo Racing version is the right fit for maximum off-road capability, as it is the only one equipped with Toyota’s Electronically Controlled Kinetic Dynamic Stability Suspension (E-KDSS). It also features electronic front and rear differential locks and an upgraded adaptive adjustable suspension.
Wading through deep streams and climbing rocks behind the wheel of the new Land Cruiser is easy, and it’s nice to see the frame car stand out from other off-road vehicles built for the track. Just as the Mercedes G-Class retains its off-road qualities while offering much more luxury, sophistication and technology, the Toyota LC also brings in a greater dose of sophistication without changing the formula that made it so successful.
Recall that the new Land Cruiser has “lost” by as much as 200 kg compared to its predecessor, thanks to a 20 percent increase in frame rigidity and a lower center of gravity. There are no less than six driving modes to choose from: Auto, Mud, Sand, Rock, Mud and Deep Snow, and the Multi-Terrain Monitor includes four cameras that show everything that happens around and under the car.
In addition to the LC300, Toyota will also update the LC70 in 2022, adding additional safety features, while restarting production of some parts for the LC40, including engines, transmissions and exhaust systems. In the meantime, Lexus’ luxury division is likely to complete work on its all-new LX, modeled on the latest Land Cruiser and is expected to be out of service by the end of the year or early 2022.
The LC300, meanwhile, is a great start as Toyota can’t keep up with strong early adopters. Reports from Japan indicate that there is already a 12-month waitlist, although the SUV has yet to launch in all markets. It won’t make it to the United States and is likely to be rare in Europe as well.
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