Next generation Toyota LandCruiser could be powered by V6 and hybrid V6 drivetrains
It seems the clock is ticking for the much-loved LandCruiser V8. Toyota insiders have indicated that the next generation 300 Series LandCruiser will be powered by turbo petrol and turbo diesel V6 power plants with a hybrid V6 power plant to follow some years later.
Tightening global emissions regulations are cited as a catalyst for the shift from a bent eight to the V6, and many consumers demanding higher output but smaller displacement engines.
However, that snarly V8 may live – just maybe – a little longer in Australia, with Australia’s emission laws a little behind those in America and Europe.
Little is known about the new engines. Toyota has never made a diesel V6 before, so that’ll be new from the ground up. As for the new V6 petrol, the strongest contender is the 3.5 litre twin turbo found in the all new Lexus LS500. This power plant develops 310kW of power and 600Nm of torque, which trumps the current petrol V8’s 227kW of power and 439Nm of torque.
Similarly, the hybrid could be borrowed from the Lexus LS500h. That drivetrain consists of a naturally aspirated 3.5 litre V6, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and an electric motor and battery pack. Total combined power is an impressive 294kW of power and 650Nm of torque – 94kW more and the same torque as the current diesel V8.
Stay tuned for updates.