V8’s no more!
The 1VD-FTV V8 power plant is one that outback travellers and 4WDers have become attached to, especially considering it has two turbos bolted to the side as well (in 200 Series guise). This has been a staple within the Australian motoring scene for the past 12 years, providing the power to cover long distances of any condition easily, and the capacity to tow 3.5-tonne vans without straining.
A couple of weeks ago we revealed some new ‘artist impressions’ of the 300 Series – https://mr4x4.com.au/300-series-landcruiser-getting-closer/ and now unfortunately reports online seem to have confirmed that Toyota won’t be placing the V8 in the next incarnation of its LandCruiser model. The question then, is what will be in it? With Toyota surrendering to the pressure of the industry, it seems almost certain that it will release the 300 Series with a V6 turbo-diesel and V6 turbo-petrol.
Toyota has previously stated that they intend by 2025 to have a hybrid option available in every model so while it may not be an option at the initial release, expect a hybrid LandCruiser in the near future. Numbers wise, going from V8 to a V6 looks like a great thing with Toyota already having access to a twin turbocharged V6 that produces 310kW of power and 600Nm of torque. Although, traditional V8 buyers will say it’s all to do with capacity and how stressed the engine is providing that power, with the reliability questioned.
Does removing the V8 spell the end of LandCruisers dominance off-road? Or is it a positive with Toyota showing it’s ready to develop the newest LandCruiser for the market while hopefully keeping its impressive 4WDing and towing ability?