Fingerprint engine start button, V-6 engines, new interior, here are new features in the all-new 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series SUV.
After an endless spy shots and teases, the all-new new-generation 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 finally made its world premiere on Wednesday.
It will replace the ageing and outgoing LC200 generation that helped Toyota achieved over 10 million Land Cruisers sales across the globe in the 70 years it’s been on sale in the market.
Let’s take a look at some of the new features on the latest 300-series SUV that clearly distinguishes it from the outgoing 200-series.
Massive Grille And A Powered Tailgate
The latest Toyota Land Cruiser now looks more imposing as it now packs a new muscular hood, a large grille with chrome slats and sleek headlights.
At the rear, it has a wrap-around taillights, a window wiper as well a powered tailgate.
The 300-series is based on the GA-F platform, which is part of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) family.
The new chassis makes the 300-series to be 440 pounds (200 kg) lighter than the old 200-series SUV while improving weight distribution and providing a lower center of gravity.
Two New Engines
The 300-series uses two new engines, replacing the naturally aspirated V-8 in the 200-series Land Cruiser. The first is a petrol twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque and a turbodiesel twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 with 304 hp and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Both are combined with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota assures us that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will drop by around 10% compared to the 200-Series.
Fingerprint Engine Start Button
The 300 Series SUV comes with a fingerprint authentication system that allows drivers to open the door and start the engine with their fingerprints.
This impressive Land Cruiser 300’s fingerprint identification feature will be able to store up to 10 registered drivers.
The anti-theft feature is long-overdue feature as the popular SUV is one of the most stolen vehicle in some parts of the world.
New Driving Modes
Toyota fitted the all-new LC300 with a five Multi-Terrain Select system to further boost the off-road capabilities of the renowned luxury off-roader.
These system, which includes the Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud and Deep Snow, join a further six regular drive modes – Eco, Normal, Comfort, Sports, Sports+ and Custom.
There is also a Multi-Terrain Monitor system that allows the driver to see a clearer view of the SUV’s surroundings using an underbody camera.
Off-road Crawl Control System
There is a Off-road Crawl Control System – which can be varied between Low, Mid and High settings – which allows the 300 Series to cross rough terrains at a fixed speed without the driver touching the pedals.
Adaptive Variable Suspension
In a claimed world-first, the 300-series is equipped with adaptive variable suspension with an electronically controlled Kinetic Dynamic Suspension Stabilisation System (E-KDSS) to help improve its wheel articulation.
Unlike the 200 Series’ 9.0-inch unit, the dashboard on flagship 300-series is dominated by an upgraded tablet-style 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation.
Second-row passengers also get dual 11.6-inch entertainment screens mounted to the front seatbacks as well as two of the four climate control zones on offer.