Toyota has piqued curiosity by dropping a couple of enigmatic photos on Thursday, presenting a fresh Land Cruiser that’s set to hit American markets, likely making its debut as a 2024 model.
This unveiling comes on the heels of a promotional video that Toyota launched just weeks prior, displaying classic Land Cruiser emblems accompanied by the catchphrase, “The legend returns.”
Land Cruiser in Focus
The recently revealed teaser images provide a glimpse of the incoming U.S.-oriented Land Cruiser, with one image strikingly juxtaposing it against a six-decade-old original FJ40 Land Cruiser.
In 2021, the Land Cruiser range retired from the U.S. market while the rest of the globe was introduced to a revamped 300-series variant in 2022. The 300-series Land Cruiser, twin to the latest Lexus LX which made its way to the U.S. in 2022, is not the version destined for the American showrooms.
Land Cruiser Teaser Unpacked
The upcoming U.S. Land Cruiser will be a rugged SUV even more robust than its predecessors, aligning more with the redesigned 2024 Lexus GX, as suggested by the newest teaser images. This association is hinted at by a heightened beltline post the B-pillar, a design element akin to the GX but alien to the 300-series Land Cruiser sold internationally. The Land Cruiser destined for the U.S. will be promoted in international markets as a redesigned Land Cruiser Prado.
Speculation is rife that the Land Cruiser targeting the U.S. market will incorporate vintage design elements, not adopted for the international Land Cruiser Prado. One such attribute will be round headlights, echoing the design of the FJ40 and akin to Toyota’s previous execution with the FJ Cruiser.
The vehicle will be supported by Toyota’s TNGA-F body-on-frame platform, which also underlies the 300-series Land Cruiser, its Lexus LX counterpart, along with the Sequoia SUV and the most recent Toyota Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks. The same platform is also used in the Lexus GX, outfitted with full-time four-wheel drive, a 2-speed transfer case, a Torsen limited-slip center differential, and the off-road-specific Overtrail and Overtrail+ modes. A similar arrangement can be expected for the U.S. Land Cruiser and its Land Cruiser Prado counterpart.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about U.S.-bound Toyota Land Cruiser
What new vehicle is Toyota teasing for the U.S. market?
Toyota is teasing a new version of the Land Cruiser for the U.S. market, likely to be released as a 2024 model.
What is the design influence for the upcoming U.S.-bound Land Cruiser?
The upcoming U.S. Land Cruiser is heavily influenced by the redesigned 2024 Lexus GX, as suggested by the latest teaser images released by Toyota.
What platform will the new U.S.-bound Land Cruiser use?
The new U.S.-bound Land Cruiser will utilize Toyota’s TNGA-F body-on-frame platform, which also underlies other vehicles like the 300-series Land Cruiser, Lexus LX, Sequoia SUV, and the latest Toyota Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks.
Will there be any vintage design elements in the new Land Cruiser?
Yes, it’s rumored that the U.S.-bound Land Cruiser will feature vintage design elements, such as round headlights, inspired by the design of the FJ40.
Will the new Land Cruiser be available in markets outside the U.S.?
Yes, the U.S.-bound Land Cruiser is expected to be marketed overseas as a redesigned Land Cruiser Prado.
More about U.S.-bound Toyota Land Cruiser
- Toyota Official Site
- 2024 Lexus GX Overview
- Toyota TNGA-F Body-on-Frame Platform
- Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
- Toyota Land Cruiser Prado