Is BMW Going To Build Its Own Version Of The Toyota Land Cruiser?

Japanese automotive magazines are known to have a penchant for eye-popping rumors – and the latest one is that BMW could work with Toyota to build its own version of the Land Cruiser.

BMW and Toyota teamed up to create the new Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 and, according to Japan’s MacX, as cited by hamad1two3 in a (since-deleted) Instagram post, the two are looking at extending their partnership into off-roaders.

It is claimed that Munich’s customers, especially those in Russia and the Middle East, are demanding an off-roader with similar capabilities to the Land Cruiser but with all the luxury features you’d expect from a BMW.

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BMW’s largest current SUV is the X7 and, while it can be taken off road, it is nowhere near as rugged as Lexus’ Toyota Land Cruiser-based LX. If BMW were to be given a Land Cruiser platform, it could create an SUV with legitimate off-road credentials that would have seating for up to eight people and all the refinement and trimmings found in the X7 and smaller X models.

We have reached out to both automakers to see if there is any truth to these rumors and will let you know when we hear back. Mind you, we’re not convinced that such a model will actually happen, and would suggest you take these claims with a handful of salt.

However, it is not impossible that Toyota and BMW intend on extending their partnership following the success of the Supra and Z4. Doing so in the SUV market would make sense, given the popularity of such vehicles.

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  • dumblikeyou2

    Rejoice, GM and Ford, the automotive world has finally gone badge-engineered.

    • JRP

      You should have seen the 80s and 90s when carmakers discovered that cool new concept.

      • dumblikeyou2

        80s and 90s? Try the 60s and 70s. The Big-3 were always doing that, but you’ve missed the point that now the entire world is.

        • slither16

          But they were doing that with their own brands, they didn’t rebadge other companies cars yet.

  • Felipe Politano

    “Is BMW Going To Build Its Own Version Of The Toyota Land Cruiser?”

    (but what about a G-wagen battling super off-roader X9 based on a stretched and improved Land Cruiser frame? hmm)

  • Ben

    Honestly, if Toyota did that, they’d lose a piece of their soul. The Land Cruiser is a passion product, never a huge seller, but to honor their origins.

    • Aeromann

      Exactly. Land Cruiser is like Range Rover, never equaled and still here after dozens of years.

  • XtremWize
    • Aeromann


  • man

    There is going to be a limited market for these, so BMW-Toyota could share a platform. Toyota also needs to update the Sequoia in the US. I like both companies.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Isn’t this what the X7 is for? I can see that monster selling well in Russia and the Middle East.

    • Aeromann

      No X7 is for morons in the cities…

  • Bash

    Isn’t the X5 in that position already??!

    • PhilMcGraw

      I believe what the article should really talk about is the fact that the Land Cruiser is still built on a body-on-frame chassis whereas the X5/X7 are built on a regular car/SUV chassis. So, there is some things to be gained in terms of off-road ability by going to a body-on-frame design.

      • maxnix

        Mostly a lot of weight and less chassis rigidity. Two solid axles is not BMW’s style.

  • Thunderbolt

    it sounds like those customers represent a small fraction of sales, and I’m sure they’re rich as well, so get 2 SUVs instead.

  • MuhammadSameh

    it seems legit considering the Mercedes G Class current status

  • TB

    Why? BTW the BMW pictured looks like my 15 Honda Pilot with a BMW grill on it.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Toyota always have the dream to take BMW over and it reached that dream in 90th by hair, then the German government stopped the bidding and save BMW itself, maybe, just maybe Toyota still have a hope of taking BMW again

  • maxnix

    BMW would not build a body on frame type vehicle.

  • Vassilis

    Oh please do so I can make fun of it!

  • slither16

    It doesn’t suit the brand.

  • Aeromann

    It can’t be worse than X7. Wait!

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