Toyota’s Land Cruiser Se Concept Sets Blueprint For Next SUV
Toyota is readying its Land Cruiser’s return next year, but its Land Cruiser Se, debuting as a concept, may also be an electric companion to it. And while the 2024 Land Cruiser gets a more modern design rather than an evolutionary one, the Se pushes that design language with a bolder, chiseled new look. Toyota is keeping much about the Se a secret, but we can help flesh out what it’s about.
First, the Se is a three-row SUV with seating for seven passengers. And it is not a body-on-frame or unibody effort. Instead, Toyota says it is of monocoque construction.
Why is the Land Cruiser Se a monocoque design?
That means the body panels themselves are structural members and not just pretty skin. This should make for a better off-roading experience, though the Se is definitely more people-hauler-like than off-roader. Toyota is touting the Se’s quiet cabin, which gets help from its EV powertrain and said construction.
While the 2024 Land Cruiser has a more upright Land Rover-like stance, the Se stretches that out. So now the top is lower, and the rear window has a more forward rake, giving it a sportier look overall. It is somewhat of a more extreme cross between the Land Cruiser and the 2024 bz5x concept.
What size is the Toyota Land Cruiser Se?
The bulging fenders exhibit plenty of crown, though the body mostly features flat surfaces with sharp, almost knife-blade breaks. Overall body dimensions are 202 inches long, 78 inches wide, and 67 inches tall. That makes it almost identical in size to the Toyota Grand Highlander and larger than the Land Cruiser. The wheelbase comes in at 120.1 inches.
Power comes from a high-capacity battery and all-wheel drive. Should the Se be out in the next couple of years, there is a chance it may feature Toyota’s ground-breaking solid-state batteries. That doubles the range of most EVs on the road today and can drastically shorten charging times to as little as 10 minutes or less.
What other EVs is Toyota working on?
Toyota says the seven-seater concept “broadens the Land Cruiser brand’s appeal” and “caters to the world’s diverse needs,” emphasizing its versatility in urban areas and “other on-road situations.”
Besides the Land Cruiser Se, Toyota also released images of an all-new electric Ford Maverick killer. That, combined with the Se, is in line with Toyota’s promise of 30 new EVs by 2030. We all agree that Toyota has been slow out of the EV gate but that now it is full-speed ahead to an electrified future.