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Read: Specs and prices of all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300

Retail sales will commence on October 1st this year

Expect to see several units on the road before the year is over. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

If there is one new vehicle that car buyers are waiting for these days—at least those who can afford it anyway—it’s the new-generation Toyota Land Cruiser 300. In fact, while I was preparing to write this piece, I got a call from an industry friend who asked me if I already knew the Philippine prices of the SUV. What were the chances, right? Well, he was in luck. I did have the pricing of the vehicle as well as its specifications for our market.

If you recall, the Japanese automaker unveiled the new model last month for all the world to see. And if you also recall, we told you back in January that Toyota Motor Philippines was set to release this car in our territory in the third quarter of this year. Indeed, the company is about to launch the all-new Land Cruiser in the country, but the retail sales will begin on October 1—which technically makes it the fourth quarter (in case you’re anal about details).

Our Land Cruiser will be powered by the 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel V6 engine (F33A-FTV) rated at 302hp (306ps) and 700Nm. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. There are two variants to be introduced to us: high grade (ZX) and standard grade (VX). The ZX measures 5,130mm long, 1,980mm wide and 1,945mm high; the VX measures 5,115mm long and is just as wide and tall.

Our Land Cruiser will be equipped with the 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel V6. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Many standard features are common between the two variants, including:

  • Double-wishbone front suspension
  • Multilink rear suspension
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Split-type LED headlamps
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • LED and sequential front turn signals
  • LED taillights
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rain-sensing front windshield wipers
  • Rear windshield wipers
  • Roof rail
  • Side steps
  • Leather seats
  • 8-way power-adjust front seats
  • 7-inch TFT multi-information display
  • Variable-gear steering
  • Auto-dimming interior mirror
  • Electronic parking brake
  • 2 cupholders and 2 bottle holders for the front
  • 6 bottle holders for the rear
  • Smart keyless entry
  • Push start
  • Driving modes (Eco/Normal/Sport for VX; Eco/Comfort/Normal/Sport S/Sport S+ for ZX)
  • Speed-sensing door locks
  • 4-zone automatic climate control
  • 12.3-inch infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation system
  • 4 USB chargers
  • 12V and 220V accessory outlets
  • Tire-pressure warning
  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Driver, passenger, side (FR + RR), curtain shield, knee (driver and passenger) airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Vehicle stability control
  • Trailer sway control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Downhill assist control
  • Active traction control
  • Crawl control and multi-terrain select
  • Security system (immobilizer)
  • Panoramic view monitor and multi-terrain monitor
  • Clearance sensors (4 in front and 4 at the back)

The high-grade ZX receives the following extras:

  • Differential lock
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • Sequential rear turn signals
  • Aero front bumper
  • Aero rear bumper
  • Full cover and illumination for side steps
  • Moon roof
  • Seat ventilation system
  • Remote-open trunk
  • Heads-up display
  • 14-speaker JBL audio system (10 speakers for the VX)
  • Adaptive high beam
  • Rear torque-sensing

The ZX has 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/55 rubber, while the VX gets 18-inch alloy rims shod in 265/65 tires.

Do note that the spec sheet says these are “tentative specifications only (subject for confirmation.”

Is this your early-Christmas gift to yourself? PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

The available exterior colors are:

  • Silver Metallic
  • Gray Metallic
  • Attitude Black Mica
  • Precious White Pearl (ZX only)
  • White Pearl Crystal Shine (VX only)

Of course, you’re itching to see the prices. Here they are:

  • Land Cruiser 300 ZX – P5,642,000
  • Land Cruiser 300 VX – P5,173,000

Just add P15,000 for both if you want the white-pearl colors.

So, I guess there’s only one thing left to do. If you’re planning on getting this 4×4 premium SUV, better call or visit your nearest Toyota dealership to reserve yourself a unit. Good luck.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.