The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV Is a Beast When it Comes to Practical Application

This summer, Toyota revealed the all-new 300 Series Toyota Land Cruiser SUV. This is a luxurious SUV with the designated purpose of going off-road. In order to remain true to its DNA, the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser needs to easily tackle difficult off-road scenarios. Unfortunately, the U.S. won’t get the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser

a trio of 2022 Toyota Land Cruisers parked in a desert field
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser | Toyota

But it’s still fun to watch foreign YouTube videos to see what we are missing. And, to be real, it looks like we are missing out on quite a bit. The video below shows the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser beasting some soaking wet off-road trails and launching over a ramp. Yeah, this thing can actually jump.

The Toyota Land Cruiser remains an off-road king

If Toyota ever released a Land Cruiser that couldn’t handle off-road obstacles, it would be a mystery to us all. From its legendary beginnings as the Toyota Jeep BJ to the fan-favorite 70 and 80 Series generations, the Land Cruiser is rooted in off-road performance. And the new 300 Series takes the best from every generation to become the pinnacle of Land Cruiser models. 

The whole idea of the Toyota Land Cruiser is that it’s a luxurious family SUV. But it is one that can go virtually anywhere and “bring you back alive.” These insane videos of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser absolutely crushing that practical application are fun enough to watch more than once. Plus, they effectively exemplify the fact that the Toyota Land Cruiser remains an off-road king. 

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser SUV driving off-road in the mountains
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 | Toyota Global

The Land Cruiser isn’t just a car pooler. It’s a hauler designed to take you to the ends of the earth and back. When the rugged adventure concludes, the Land Cruiser gets you and your family home safe and looks great in your driveway. The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser appears to deliver on all fronts. 

Where is the new Land Cruiser SUV available? 

The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series luxury interior with rear entertainment in a creamy tan leather finish
2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 | Toyota Global

According to Motor1, there are already reports from Japan that the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser has a twelve month waiting list. The U.S. won’t get it, as we already know. But speculation is that it won’t be a common sight in Europe either. 

However, we do expect to see it across the Middle East. Africa should see the Land Cruiser 300 Series as well, as this Toyota SUV has long been a staple in places like South Africa as well as a noble steed for traversing the bush country. 

Australia is another market that we expect for the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser. We also won’t be surprised to see it in South America. Basically, anywhere that a lot of the important roads are yet unpaved. Anywhere that the backcountry is part of life and a luxury SUV to take you through the wilderness is not only desired but necessary. 

The 2022 LC 300 should have no issues with practical application off-road 

Going by Toyota’s Japanese Land Cruiser channel on YouTube, the new generation isn’t going to have trouble off-road. Plus, the last video shows the Gazoo Racing variant featuring Toyota’s electronically controlled kinetic dynamic suspension stabilization (E-KDSS) system. The GR Sport trim Land Cruiser also has front and rear electronic differential locks in addition to its upgraded adaptive variable suspension.

The 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser might weigh 441 pounds more than the preceding 200 Series model. But it benefits from frame rigidity that’s increased by 20 percent. The LC 300 also has a lower center of gravity, which drastically improves handling and drivability for a vehicle of this size. 

With driving modes ranging from Auto, Dirt, and Sand, to Rock, Mud, and Deep Snow, the new LC 300 is born for tough terrain. It’s dying to prove itself by showing off its practical application, but it’s not likely to become a commonplace vehicle on earth’s dirt roads for a while as production is just getting started. Until then, we will just keep watching it do cool stuff in videos like these.

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