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Return of the Toyota Land Cruiser

When Toyota announced that the Land Cruiser wouldn’t be coming back to the United States, off-road people shrugged and got back into their clapped-out 4Runners. Despite being incredibly capable wherever pavement is in short supply and having a pedigree that rivals Jeep’s Wrangler, the Land Cruiser is a prohibitively expensive vehicle. Toyota’s penchant for overbuilding vehicles merged with the model’s luxurious bent, resulting in a product that retailed at $87,030 before adding a single option, and sales volumes reflected this.

It was just too rich for most Americans and sales suffered as a result. But Lexus has confirmed the Cruiser-based LX will be returning and recently teased the new model’s next-generation online. While the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed that the 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be a rebadged version of Toyota’s off-road emperor, literally every generation of the LX series has been. 

The LX 450 was basically J80, the LX 470 was the J100, and the LX 570 was the J200. So there’s no reason to assume that the fourth-gen Lexus will be anything other than a dressed-up Land Cruiser J300 series we saw in June.

For our market, that presumably means the LX 600 will be arriving with a new twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V6 that’s supposedly better than the 5.7-liter V8 that went into the previous model. Lexus customers can expect spec sheets listing 409 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid variant has also been rumored, with the LX borrowing powertrains from the Toyota Tundra. However, nothing has been confirmed.

Four-wheel drive is absolutely going to be standard, as will three rows of seating, multiple terrain modes, and a 10-speed automatic transmission. But Lexus isn’t giving us much to go on and remaining absolutely silent since the LX 600 is supposed to make its official debut on October 13th.

[Image: Lexus]

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