Toyota Land Cruiser Raised from the Dead, Will Return to the U.S.

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Land Cruiser Raised from the Dead, Returns to U.S.Michael Shaffer - Car and Driver
  • The Toyota Land Cruiser will return to America, based on posts by the automaker's U.S. social media accounts.

  • Along with a clip showing photos of past Land Cruiser badges, Toyota of America wrote, "The legend returns."

  • With Lexus recently revealing a new GX, it's plausible the next U.S.-bound Land Cruiser could share that SUV's body-on-frame platform.

Like a killer in a slasher flick, the Toyota Land Cruiser that's sold in America didn't stay dead. Toyota today posted a short clip showing past Land Cruiser badges on its U.S. social media accounts along with the words, "The legend returns." While the company didn't release any other details, it's clear the Land Cruiser nameplate is officially returning to our shores.

Following the 2021 model year, Toyota decided to discontinue the 200-series Land Cruiser in America. Meanwhile, the new 300-series debuted in other markets before making its way to the U.S. in the form of the more upscale Lexus LX. The next Land Cruiser we get isn't expected to be based on the 300-series, though. Instead, it could possibly share a body-on-frame platform with the new 2024 Lexus GX.

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The new mid-size GX was conceived as a Lexus from the beginning, but we think it's entirely possible that it could also provide the basis for the next-gen Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which is sold globally as a smaller version of the full-size LC as well as the GX's corporate counterpart. Toyota could then drop "Prado" from the name and sell it in America as just Land Cruiser. This speculation is further backed by a report by Automotive News, who made similar claims citing a person familiar with Toyota's plan.


That's all we know for now, but stay tuned as more information on the Land Cruiser's U.S. return is expected to trickle out over the next couple months.

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