Toyota’s Next-Gen Land Cruiser Set To Ditch V8 Engines

The next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser is set to go on sale in 2021 and according to a new report, will ditch the V8 engines it’s currently available with.

Buyers looking to pick up a current Land Cruiser can opt to have the SUV fitted with a 4.5-liter turbo-diesel and a 4.6-liter V8 petrol, depending on the market. However, Car Advice reports that these two engines will be phased out due to ever-tightening emissions standards around the world.

For what it’s worth, Toyota is refusing to comment on the reports of the V8 Land Cruiser going the way of the dodo but the company’s head of product planning and development in Australia, Bernard Nadal, did recently state that most brands are “shifting down from V8s” and indicated that Toyota could do the same.

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“Toyota is clearly a leader in hybrid technology,” Nadal said. “The European [brands] have gone typically to turbocharging diesel engines. With the struggles they’re having in Europe today, we know a lot of them will move across to turbocharging petrol [engines].”

The current train of thought is that when the new-age Land Cruiser arrives, it will be offered with both V6 turbo-diesel and V6 turbo petrol engines. The Japanese car manufacturer will then draw on its decades of experience with hybrid technologies by selling the big off-roader with at least one V6 hybrid powertrain.

Toyota insists that despite downsizing the engines in the Land Cruiser family, the vehicle will remain as capable as ever.

“The current hybrid take-up [of Toyotas] is amazing. It’s going very, very well for us, not just in Australia but also in key European markets and in America. That’s a fair sign of where we’re going,” Nadal said.

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  • Mr. EP9

    So it would be safe to say it won’t have the bulletproof reliability anymore once they go down the hybrid route.

    • PhilMcGraw

      I’m not sure if I would say that considering there are several examples of Toyota hybrids lasting just as long as their gas counterparts, if not longer.

    • Ben

      If there is one company that could make a bulletproof reliable hybrid, it would be Toyota. They’ve been making them the longest, sold the most and they’re already pretty stable.

  • Harry_Wild

    Not going sell as well with a V6 and a hybrid! Hybrids are costly maintenance traps!

    • Super Rob

      There is no maintenance to the hybrid system. It’s all the gas motor. I’ve owned a couple Honda hybrids and there is nothing to do to the battery and electric motor. Just drive forever as they don’t break.

  • Salih Ahzem

    Middle Eastern buyers to be mad!

    • Bash

      They will buy more Lexus then.

    • Abu Sayyaff

      Not really, Nissan Patrol Y61 a V6 SUV is still selling like hot cake even though it has been in production for more than 22 Years !!!!!!!!

  • jason wu

    You can count on the hybrid version just as reliable as the gas version as long as it bears the Land Cruiser moniker.

  • Ben

    Bring back the inline-6 for trucks Toyota! You can do it, we know you can.

  • Ben

    Best thing about Toyota, specifically their trucks, the build them for so long you can get “older” models if you don’t like the refresh. Parts are usually cheap because they’ve been made for so many years. I’m biased, but I love the current 4Runners. They’re such a back to basics SUV and they’ll be available for years to come, even if the new model is terrible.

  • Abu Sayyaff

    I can see that Toyota’s formula of playing the reliability card is going to be tested to the bone. They will now be pushed to make Turbo charged mainstream cars a thing they’re not accustomed to. Would we see further cooperation with BMW in engine department !!

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