Among the reasons why the Toyota Land Cruiser is a very attractive SUV for snowmobilers and normal car buyers is the availability of the great V8 option. In fact, the 5.8-liter, 381-horsepower (284-kilowatt) 3UR-FE V8 gasoline mill remains the only choice in the United States, renowned for its solid power that must be recognized in off-road vehicles. and towing tasks.
However, it seems that the options of the Toyota V8 power plant, whether diesel or gasoline, are heading towards the end of the road for the all-new Land Cruiser 300 Series.
Although this was not directly confirmed, the news came from an interview with CarAdvice with Bernard Nadal, head of product planning and development at Toyota Australia. Asked about rumors of the V8's crash, Nada said: "You will find that most brands are abandoning the V8, whether it's petrol or diesel configurations.
So, two things: the efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions. The first could mean that a smaller but more powerful turbocharged V6 engine is on the way – something that the "well-placed sources" of the Australian auto magazine seem to agree. According to their reports, the next Land Cruiser 300 series will come with the launch of V6 turbo-diesel or turbo-gasoline engines by 2021. A hybrid V6 power plant will also arrive in a few years.
On the other hand, the reduction of CO2 emissions is part of the global movements of this decade in order to reduce the carbon footprint of humanity. It is understandable that brands do the same because nobody wants to stay with a company that does not respect the energy saving measures.
Whether the vanishing V8 is true or not, we really hope that Toyota will keep in mind what makes the Land Cruiser so successful: off-road prowess and immense towing capacity. That said, we think it would be easy for the world to accept downsizing for V6.