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Toyota Land Cruiser Is Discontinued, But Successor Might Come From Lexus

Toyota has announced that their longest-running nameplate, the Land Cruiser, will be discontinued in the US in 2022. Fans will miss its off-road skills, iconic heritage, and luxury features, but not to worry. Toyota is reportedly planning a successor, but it's not what you think.

Toyota always hinted at a successor for the large SUV, but instead of being a Toyota, the next Land Cruiser will be a Lexus. That doesn't mean that the LX and GX are going anywhere, either. Toyota still believes in its off-road heritage, and thinks that there is still room in the luxury brand's SUV lineup for an off-roader. The Lexus LX is, in fact, a Lexus version of the Land Cruiser, and both it and the GX outsold the Toyota SUV in 2020.

Toyota further states that the market still enjoys the body-on-frame SUVs that Toyota and Lexus deliver. It makes sense that Toyota wants to create another popular off-roader as the automotive world watches the Ford Bronco, Land Rover Defender, and Jeep Wrangler thrive. We still don't know whether this new Land Cruiser successor will be a next-generation LX, or an all-new model. Meanwhile, other markets will continue to receive the Land Cruiser with a new twin-turbo V6.

Source Credits: CarBuzz

Image Credits: Toyota, Lexus


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