2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Canada – It’s no secret the current generation Toyota Land Cruiser, which has been in production since 2007 and only received a mild update in 2016, is an outdated piece of machines. At $85,000, it’s arguably overpriced as well. And from 2022, land cruiser will be “leaving the market,” according to Jonny Lieberman on MotorTrend. And you know what? It’s time.
Before the haythieves are sharpened and torches are being turned on, I want to make it very clear the J200 Series Land Cruiser is still a skilled off-roader despite being a decade old. It does everything you ask for it quite well, including pulling your family during the week and all your gear and off-road toys on weekends. But when Toyota still insists on charging nearly $90,000 dollars for a ten-year SUV and sales do not justify its existence, it should be no surprise Land Cruiser gets the axe. It also doesn’t help every J200 comes fully loaded from the factory, and you can find low-mileage examples from 2018 going to $10,000-$20,000 cheaper.
If the used market is not enough, internal competition from 4Runner and Sequoia effectively make land cruiser a completely outdated SUV. That’s because if you want an SUV from Toyota to camping and trail riding, the community favorite is without a doubt 4Runner. If you’re looking for luxurious SUV from Toyota but don’t want to spring for a Lexus, the top trim Sequoia you’ve covered. In fact, off-roading and luxury communities rarely cut each other, making the modern Land Cruiser useless over engineered and designed.
Off-roading is about affordable prices. Why? Because damage and dirt are inevitable and cleaning plush leather seats and blankets and paying thousands of dollars for a new paint job every weekend is insane. Take a walk around any overlanding or off-road get together and you’ll be hard pressed to find any contestants show off their brand new Land Cruisers. Sure, j200 Land Cruiser is more than capable off-road, but so is 4Runner TRD. And the $40,000 you save with 4Runner goes a long way in upgrades to make it even more of a formidable adventure vehicle.
On the other hand, the car shopper looking for a luxury SUV from Toyota that doesn’t want to shell out for a Lexus, probably isn’t worried about off-road handling, which is where Sequoia enters The more suburban SUV sports the same V8 engine as land cruiser , carries groceries just as well and comes with an almost identical high quality interior, all for about $20,000 less. But as mentioned above, if you’re really still adamant about getting a J200 for its luxury and name tag, and being on a Sequoia budget, the market used is the place to see.
When people hear the ‘Land Cruiser is canceled,’ there will be a tumult, but not over the J200. The backlash will be fueled by nostalgia for the iconic FJ40. The classic Land Cruisers are the models all lovingly connecting with Toyota’s longest lasting name tag, charming bare-bones facilities, and brutish off-road capacity. J200 isn’t it. Of course not. It deserves to live on as much as any other car with such a rich story, but not solely for the sake of sake. But until that happens and Toyota realizes the flaw in its ways, Land Cruiser needs to be put to rest.
Production of the departing Toyota Land Cruiser started in 2007, making the J200 one of the oldest SUVs on the market.
It was revised several times, though, but a major renew is just around the corner, according to BestCarWeb. The Japanese publication reports that the new generation Land Cruiser, which will be reborn as the 300 series, will be unveiled in August, and will transition to the latest body-on-frame version of the company’s Toyota New Global Architecture known as TNGA CV.
Interestingly, the report says that Toyota plans to offer the large Land Cruiser with a new hybrid engine possibly based on the one used in ls 500h, producing less power at 299 PS (295 hp / 220 kW) and 356 Nm (263 lb-ft) of torque. The electrified powertrain, believed to be combined with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and permanent four-wheel drive system, should replace the outbound 4.6-liter V8, and can be joined by other engines.
While there is no mention for a replacement for 4.5-liter V8 diesel available on the current Land Cruiser 200 in some markets, it doesn’t necessarily mean Toyota won’t offer one on the new 300 series.
Moving to the new architecture will help the new gene Land Cruiser grow in size, but it should be easier than its predecessor. A slightly longer wheelbase would free up more space for residents sitting on the second and third rows. The base SUV could arrive with room for five in some markets, while the top specs would have room for eight. The rest of the interior is believed to be massively updated, and a new infotainment system could be part of renewing. Toyota will pay extra care for safety help features, with the upcoming Land Cruiser getting the standard Safety Sense pack.