The Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series has had its V8 petrol engine culled, leaving the more expensive twin-turbo V8 diesel the sole powertrain option in Australia.
After the petrol variant disappeared from the company's local consumer site, a Toyota Australia spokesperson confirmed the changes with CarAdvice, issuing the following statement:
Toyota Australia can confirm from August 2019 production it has discontinued all V8 petrol LandCruiser 200 variants, due to low sales volumes. There is no change to the availability of V8 diesel variants and we have no plans for this to change. We can also confirm that there is no change to the LC70’s availability of drivetrains as a result of this.
While the axing of V8 petrol models won't raise the price of entry – given the base GX trim is already fitted as standard with the twin-turbo V8 diesel for $77,832 plus on-road costs – it will mean the starting prices for the GXL, VX and Sahara grades will all be bumped up by $5100, the premium the diesel commands over the petrol.
The now-discontinued naturally-aspirated 4.6-litre V8 develops 227kW at 5500rpm and 439Nm at 3400rpm. Claimed fuel use for the petrol motor is rated at 13.4L/100km on the combined cycle.
By comparison, the now standard 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel offers 200kW at 3600rpm and 650Nm between 1600 and 2600rpm, while the combined fuel rating is listed at 9.5L/100km.
We also contacted Lexus Australia regarding the future of the petrol-fired LX570 given its a twin-under-the-skin to the 200 Series LandCruiser (although using a 5.7-litre V8 instead of a 4.6-litre unit), and the local arm advised that there will be no changes for the local range – which also offers the 4.5-litre V8 diesel in LX450d guise.