Land Cruiser has been totally overhauled in line with Toyota's new design language
Called the Land Cruiser Se, this rakish, futuristic three-row SUV is one of several high-profile debuts on Toyota's stand in Tokyo, alongside the keenly anticipated FT-SE sports car and FT-3E crossover.
The concept's design represents a radical departure from previous Land Cruiser models – and a stark contrast from the retro-themed styling of the latest generation model that will go on sale in early 2024.
While that car – which retains a ladder chassis, combustion power and a rugged, upright silhouette – adopts a retro look inspired by Land Cruisers of old, this new concept features a monocoque bosy, which Toyota says will give "highly responsible handling" when tackling rough terrain. The styling also clearly places more of an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency and is defined by cues that bring it into line with Toyota's new-age design language.
Its rakish roofline, angled bonnet and heavily sculpted sides are the most obvious departures from its 70-year-old namesake, while the slimline wraparound light bars, rear-view cameras and low-profile tyres hint at a more overtly luxurious billing.
Various cues – like the creased haunches, kinked window line and contrasting lower trim – look to be shared with the "lifestyle"-oriented FT-3E SUV concept Toyota previewed last week, suggesting that the two will be technical siblings with shared styling cues, interior arrangements and performance statistics.
A prevailing theme of Toyota's Tokyo show stand will be looking ahead to its next-generation line-up of electric cars, arriving from 2026, and it is expected that the Land Cruiser Se, FT-SE and FT-3E will evolve into production cars that form part of this range.
The firm has promised the Land Cruiser Sr will offer the "high-torque driving characteristics of a battery electric vehicle".
The brand has previously said its next-generation cars will have slimmer battery packs, which free up interior space while promoting more aerodynamic styling while still offering a claimed 621 miles of range, courtesy of advanced, energy-dense lithium-ion technology.
It has, however, yet to give any technical details of the Land Cruiser Se concept beyond its dimensions: 5150mm long, 1990mm wide and 1705mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3050mm - making it more obviously comparable to today's full-sized Land Cruiser, sold in the US and the Middle East.
Toyota says the seven-seater concept "broadens the Land Cruiser brand's appeal" and "caters to the world's diverse needs", emphasising that it can drive quietly and comfortably in urban areas and "other on-road situations".
The concept's monocoque arrangement is based around Toyota's next-generation EV architecture, which uses a modular design and 'gigacasting' production process to reduce the number of parts involved.