The 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series will be unveiled at the end of May 2021, internal documents have revealed.
The secret Toyota documents published to Instagram stated: "Due to Global Embargo, design images are not available until end of May 2021."
Other previously-unknown details about the new model were also uncovered in the leak.
The 300 Series will feature an aluminium roof, which has been "adopted to enhance fuel-efficiency through weight reduction", as well as lowering the vehicle's centre-of-gravity.
Four model variants have been revealed for South Africa – the source country of the document leak. The base-model GX-R will be offered with diesel, while the GR-S version from Gazoo Racing will be available with both diesel and petrol.
The range-topping ZX – expected to be badged as the Sahara ZX in Australia – will also be offered with both diesel and petrol powertrains.
Information out of Japan suggests there will be two V6 engines – a 3.3-litre turbo diesel offering 227kW and 687Nm, and a 3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol with 309kW and 589Nm.
It's expected both engines will be mated to 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Continuing a trend that began with the 100 Series, Toyota is expected to offer the LandCruiser in two main forms: a plush on-road-focused vehicle, or a robust and capable off-road-bound four-wheel-drive.
South African buyers will get on-road comfort with the entry-level LandCruiser GX-R and flagship LandCruiser ZX, both fitted independent front suspension, while the rear-end will use a four-link set-up.
Suspension for the off-road LandCruiser GR-S – developed by Toyota's Gazoo Racing performance division – will be based on an updated version of the company's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, found in the current 200 Series.
To be known as 'E-KDSS', the system is expected to drop hydraulics in favour of electronics to adjust the vehicle's sway bars on the road, as well as allowing them to be completely disconnected for maximum articulation during off-roading.
A version of Toyota's 'Adaptive Variable Suspension' (AVS) will be fitted to both GR-S and ZX grades, which uses computers to either stiffen or soften the shock absorbers, depending on the road surface. Drivers can also select from five different driving modes, as well as customising their own preferred set-up.
While the GR-S will get differential locks front and rear, the range-topping ZX will instead be offered with a torque-sensing limited-slip differential.
The ZX also get more luxurious appointments, such as 20-inch wheels, illuminated side-steps, and a kick-sensor for the tailgate, while the GR-S will get 18-inch wheels, "pipe-type" side steps, and black exterior trims.
The retro grille design with 'TOYOTA' spelled out across its centre will be optional to GR-S buyers.
Both GR-S and ZX model grades will also get a 360-degree camera with '3D multi-terrain monitor' with 'see-through view', allowing the driver to see obstacles and place wheels accordingly during off-road driving.
To ensure the system works off-road, the rear camera gains a washer system to clear dirt and mud.
In recent days, spies have also spotted '70th Anniversary' badging on some vehicles, confirming a special edition will be offered to celebrate the LandCruiser's milestone birthday this year.
Though the unveiling is expected to take place at the end of this month, sources have told CarAdvice the LandCruiser won't be in showrooms until late 2021 or early 2022.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice as more details of the 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series are revealed.