The hotly-rumoured next-generation LandCruiser has been seen road testing, hinting at what we can expect from the new model.
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The 2022 Toyota 300 Series LandCruiser has been caught on camera testing in Japan.

It's the first time the new-generation LandCruiser has been seen out in the open, with many reports out of Japan suggesting Toyota's popular off-road SUV will be officially unveiled midway through 2021.

While these blurry pictures from Japanese automotive publication Mag-X give away little, the 300 Series appears to feature a similar daytime-running light signature to the current model, complemented with a set of fog-lights sitting below.

Top and above: The 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series spied.

The heavy vinyl does its best to camouflage the car, but it's difficult to hide the vehicle's oversized grille – which is even larger than the present version – and appears to borrow its snout from the American Toyota Tundra pick-up.

This sneak peek suggests the front-end may in fact share a very similar design to the 2022 Toyota Tundra, which was rendered in November based on leaked photos.

Last week, CarAdvice reported an end to orders for the current 200 Series LandCruiser, with production due to end in the coming weeks. This is despite a strong 2020 sales result for the ageing model, which celebrates its 14th birthday this year.

Above: 2022 Toyota Tundra rendered from leaked images. Bottom: Artist's impression of what the new LandCruiser could look like.

As first reported in June 2019, the venerable 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 of the 200 Series is expected to be axed for the model's next generation.

Industry rumours indicate a choice of three powertrains for the 2022 LandCruiser 300 Series: a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V6, a hybrid version of the petrol V6, and an all-new 3.3-litre turbo diesel V6.

Toyota has remained tight-lipped about the upcoming model, but with prototypes undergoing road-testing in Japan, it won't be too long before the new LandCruiser 300 Series is officially revealed.