This is what the new Toyota Land Cruiser looks like

The redesigned Toyota Land Cruiser will not come to the United States. This news is nearly as old as the outgoing model itself, and many enthusiasts lament the loss of the Japanese automaker’s flagship off-roader.

The Land Cruiser nameplate will live on in the rest of the world. It’s not out just yet, but recent photos posted on Twitter clearly show how it will look. And, well, it’s a Toyota SUV.

Source: https://twitter.com/koseiHENTAIbot/status/1386249936467939331/photo/1

In many ways, it’s a classic Land Cruiser design. It’s boxy and simple. It doesn’t demand excessive attention. It looks neither expensive nor cheap. But does it look good?

Source: https://twitter.com/koseiHENTAIbot/status/1386249936467939331/photo/1

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, it’s hard to call this design pretty. Is it ugly? Debatable. It’s certainly utilitarian and rugged-looking. And no previous Land Cruiser was exactly a looker either. Element of other big Japanese SUVs, such as the Mitsubishi Montero and Infiniti QX80, are visible.

Sadly, those of us in North America won’t get much closer of a look at the new Land Cruiser than photos like these. But it’s not all bad news — we expect Lexus will continue to sell the highly similar LX in the US. And those who loved the Land Cruiser for its original purpose as a rugged, simple, dependable SUV can find a similar offering in the form of the current 4Runner.

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10 Comments

  1. Given how Toyota has recently cranked up the ugly to the insane – just study the rear light assembly and the sheetmetal around it on a common RAV4 – this is downright restrained and looks decent. Much more interesting though is to see if the offroad credentials remain, and what has happened to the interior. Interior design has really evolved fast over the last decade, so I wonder what they land on here. Because, rugged, it shall be.

    1. I agree, this is far more… normal looking?… than I expected it might be. Toyotas of late are downright hideous, but this is fairly restrained. It’s hardly gorgeous, but considering the family genes, I’m happy with slightly handsome.

      It’s a shame we can’t get the LC on these shores. I’m more interested in function than luxury, and Lexus always dials up the “ugly” to 11.

      1. Toyota has summarily deemed you unimportant! You get to buy a Sequoia instead!

        Really, even as a niche product the LC has always made sense as a flagship, and I see them everywhere in Los Gatos so clearly someone’s buying a few of them. Seems silly to not bring it at all when the 300-series LX is coming, thus the platform will be federalized anyway. I almost foresee it coming back in a few years once it’s facelifted amidst great fanfare, not unlike the introduction of the latest crop of global small pickups to the U.S. (i.e. Ranger, Colorado, though not sure how closely related the new Frontier is to the Navara).

        1. I forgot about the USDM Armada/Patrol/QX80 situation! That’s almost exactly what I forsee Toyota doing by 2025, if not sooner. It will be hard to say, definitely dependent on the upcoming Sequoia/Tundra platform doing well.

          1. Agreed, it just makes sense for Toyota. And it’s not like the typical Landcruiser owner appears to be particularly impatient; waiting a few years is probably fine. Also, of note, Toyota is the world’s biggest car manufacturer and said RAV4 is selling like crazy. What we old-school-car-guys think is ugly, is often deemed perfectly exciting by the people who actually buy cars new.

  2. I’m disappointed, at first glance it looks like a Nissan Armada and has lost the Land Cruiser look.

  3. I find it odd looking. I’m not sure if it’s the proportions or detail work. Somewhat like a muffin that just didn’t rise correctly because it was in the cold spot in the oven.

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