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Toyota Land Cruiser 300 production delayed as Australian deliveries arrive


Production has been affected in Japan due to parts shortages – an ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic

The Toyota Land Cruiser has become one of the many cars to be impacted by global parts shortages and this is likely not the end of it.  

According to reports from Automotive News, the halting of Japanese factories which produce the Land Cruiser will cut output by 9000 vehicles and will affect both Lexus and Toyota four-wheel drive models – after further disruptions were recorded last month. 

While in the grand scheme of things, 9000 might not sound significant – when Toyota plans to produce nine million cars by March – Australia could see the impacts of this in getting Land Cruiser and Lexus LX models to our shores. 

Toyota Land Cruiser 2022 range
The Toyota Land Cruiser range is broad and caters for almost every buyer

When will the Land Cruiser land in Australia?

Deliveries have already begun for the new Land Cruiser 300 Series in Australia, with first models arriving this month. 

Toyota could not confirm in November what sort of supply would be available in December, however the good news is that the model has arrived.

Chasing Cars understands that buyers that placed their order in early 2021 are being handed their keys now, while those who did so in the third quarter of 2021 will likely see their new Land Cruiser in April.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2022 rear 3/4 descent
The new Land Cruiser 300 Series has arrived in Australia, but it hasn’t been without delays

Land Cruiser buyers placing an order now are not being given firm arrival dates but a delivery by the end of 2022 is expected to align with the current production schedule.

What is available in the Land Cruiser lineup for 2022?

The Land Cruiser 300 Series range has expanded for the new model and now includes the top-spec Sahara ZX and GR Sport grades. 

These will be offered alongside the GX, GXL, VX and Sahara grades that will be familiar to Land Cruiser buyers . 

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2022 front 3/4 towing
The strong turbo-diesel V6 will be great for towing large loads

Each Land Cruiser is powered by a 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel V6 engine producing 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque, that drives a 10-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system.

Standard fitment on the base GX comes with all the basics including a low-range transfer case, centre lock differential, LED lights with DRLs, 17-inch steel wheels and snorkel.

Keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, electric park brake, 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six speaker sound system and DAB+ radio are all standard. 

Land Cruiser V6 engine
The new twin-turbo diesel V6 makes 227kW/700Nm

The Land Cruiser 300 Series GX is a safe car, too, which comes standard with 10 airbags, AEB with cyclist and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, trailer sway control and a reversing camera. 

A full rundown on what each variant includes can be seen in our previous articles.