Toyota has outlined ambitious plans to expand its iconic Land Cruiser lineup by transforming it into a dedicated electric brand, with the introduction of two new electric models set to hit the market. Building on the legacy of the revered Land Cruiser, Toyota is poised to introduce a smaller model targeting younger consumers and a larger, more luxurious variant.
The Land Cruiser's electric evolution was hinted at with the preview of the Land Cruiser SE in 2023, signaling a departure from the J250 series Land Cruiser (Prado) and a heightened focus on comfort. The upcoming electric model is anticipated to leverage advanced technologies, including Toyota's prismatic cells, which boast cost-effectiveness and increased energy density compared to existing battery technology.
Scheduled for a potential unveiling on the Land Cruiser nameplate's 75th anniversary in 2026, the larger electric model is expected to seamlessly blend cutting-edge technology with luxurious features. Toyota is also contemplating the introduction of a higher-performance battery in 2028, potentially offering an impressive range of up to 621 miles (1,000 km) per charge.
While the Land Cruiser SE may not match the off-road prowess of the J250 Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota ensures it will deliver “highly responsible handling” during trailblazing adventures, backed by substantial torque from its electric motors.
On the other hand, details regarding the timeline for the smaller electric model, previewed by the Compact Cruiser EV concept in 2021, remain undisclosed. Positioned similarly in size to the bZ4X, this model is expected to prioritize style and utility, potentially competing with compact electric SUVs like the upcoming baby Land Rover Defender and Mercedes' smaller G-Class.
Based on the E-TNGA architecture, similar to the bZ4X, the compact Land Cruiser EV is projected to offer up to 214 hp (160 kW/217 PS) with a 71.4 kWh battery pack, providing an estimated range of 259 miles (417 km) per charge.
Reports from Japan suggest Toyota is exploring not only battery electric variants but also internal combustion and hybrid versions of the Land Cruiser. The overarching goal is to enhance affordability and broaden global accessibility for the expanding Land Cruiser lineup, according to Toyota's chief branding officer.