The all-new LandCruiser 300 Series hit Australian roads late last year and since then they have been so popular that they are now hard to get.

There is a reason they are on backorder and that’s because they are newly constructed from the ground up and takes the capability, durability, and reliability of the iconic LandCruiser nameplate to new levels, while also making advancements in safety, comfort, performance, and technology.

One of the biggest upgrades is to the all-new power unit that replaces the V8. All LandCruiser models will now have a new-generation 3.3-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel engine producing 227kW at 4000rpm and 700Nm from 1600-2600rpm, marking a 27kW/50Nm increase over the V8 it replaces.

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The V6 engine is mated exclusively to a segment-first 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission that improves response and fuel economy while reducing noise, vibration, and harshness.

There is a bold new exterior design that shows this vehicle means business no matter if it’s on a sealed road or playing in the mud. Like all LandCruiser’s before it, the 300 Series is big on the outside and in.

Inside, the LandCruiser’s cabin blends luxurious style with functionality, and increased space and flexibility, ensuring long and taxing journeys are done in utmost comfort.

Thanks to its new-generation engine, intelligent transmission and weight-saving measures, fuel economy has reduced by 6.3 per cent on the combined cycle to 8.9 litres per 100km although the best this test got was 10 litres per 100km.

The 300 Series retains the LandCruiser’s 3500kg braked towing capacity and a tow wiring harness is also now offered as standard.

The 300 Series debuts the new-generation multi-terrain select (MTS) control system, featuring six different modes for off-road terrain.

While the higher trim levels have more features, the GX model tested lacked some of the more common items expected. Rear USB plugs are not included and to still have steel wheels on a car of this value is a little underwhelming.

Toyota make up for it in other ways including how it handles the extra safety features included.

GX: $89,990
GXL: $101,790
VX: $113,990
Sahara: $131,190
GR Sport: $137,790
Sahara ZX: $138,790
All plus on road charges.

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