The next-generation Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series due next year is reportedly going to be joined by a flagship GR version, similar to the Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior being developed in Australia.
The unconfirmed report by Japanese website creative311.com sites unnamed sources and other media outlets, who claim Toyota is developing a new top-end model.
While the Japanese website speculates a Toyota LandCruiser GR could be powered by a twin turbo V8, CarAdvice believes this is unlikely given strict new global emissions standards, and the long-standing rumours about a switch to V6 petrol hybrid, V6 turbo petrol, and V6 turbo diesel power.
Toyota Australia remains tight lipped about timing or engine details for the next-generation LandCruiser 300 Series – and even if it will be called 300 Series – and dealers are also yet to be informed about the new model.
Indeed, the current 200 Series Toyota LandCruiser is due to remain in production until at least the end of this year.
However, Toyota Australia says it is open to the idea of a Toyota LandCruiser GR grade – if such a vehicle were to become available.
A spokesman for Toyota Australia said: “GR is a our performance brand. There is no reason we would rule out a GR (LandCruiser) in the future if one were to become available.”
The Toyota Australia spokesman added: “There are no plans (for a Toyota LandCruiser GR) right now. It’s always a matter of seeing what is globally available and then determining if it’s right for our market. It is right for our market, we would put our hands up for it.”
It is unclear what whether a Toyota LandCruiser GR would have an on-road focus, or if its off-road ability would be expanded, as is the case with the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, Nissan Navara Warrior and upcoming Nissan Patrol V8 Warrior.