Toyota Land Cruiser ditching V8 in favor of turbo V6?by Justin King
A V6 hybrid powertrain is expected to be added in a few years.
Toyota is reportedly planning to phase out V8 engines for its next-generation Land Cruiser lineup.
The SUV is currently powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, with an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
A CarAdvice report now claims the eight-cylinder mill will be replaced by a turbo V6 for the 300-series Land Cruiser. The company is expected to add a hybrid V6 powertrain a few years down the road.
Previous rumors indicate the next-gen Land Cruiser will be powered by the 3.5-liter V6 engine used in the Lexus LS, which currently boasts 416 horsepower.
The redesigned SUV is said to be on track to arrive on the market by next summer. Additional technical details could surface ahead of an official unveiling later this year.