While copycat car models are not new to our eyes, it is still fun to see how these productions turn out. This is especially true if the vehicle copies the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser.
The tiny Land Cruiser 300 in China [Photo: 开着2020上纽北 on Weibo]
In a series of photos posted on the Chinese social media website Weibo, it appears that someone has built a Toyota Land Cruiser replica. What’s so special about this is that it gets a smaller body, while still bearing the same front design. A miniature, baby version if you will.
The front fascia is similar to the current Land Cruiser J300 generation. Even the number of horizontal slats on the grille and air intakes is the same despite being scaled down. What makes it different from the real Land Cruiser is its logo, which reads “Kuluze” on the tailgate.
We don’t know a lot about this company. But our guess is that this replica could be a school project made by engineering students.
It even has a sunroof [Photo: 开着2020上纽北 on Weibo]
To gain further clues as to where this tiny Land Cruiser is from, we translated the caption from the social media website post. It reads: “The domestic LC300 is offline!” That said, this doesn’t really help much in providing more information about the vehicle.
From the pictures of the Kuluze Land Cruiser, we also see that its interior comes with two front seats with safety belts and a steering wheel. This might mean that the vehicle could at least be capable of moving. As of this writing, however, no specifications for the vehicle have been provided.
Another peculiar Toyota-based creation is the RAV4 limo. As the name suggests, the Toyota RAV4 limo is not compressed like the Land Cruiser but stretched. Thanks to the additional 813 mm of extra space in the rear, the vehicle comes with seven doors and a cabin with a proper table.
The design cues are identical [Photo: 开着2020上纽北 on Weibo]
The common thing between these two automotive creations is that they won’t likely see the production line. But if Kuluze, or whoever made it ever decided to bring the replica to life, this could be a faster way to get your hands on a Land Cruiser. Sure, it's not the real thing, but do remember that the actual Toyota-made SUV currently has quite a long waitlist that lasts for years.
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Know more about Toyota Land Cruiser 2023
The Toyota Land Cruiser is the one of Toyota longest-selling models. In the modern era, this model fits into the full-size SUV class, and it can seat up to seven. Toyota Land Cruiser 2023 Price Philippines starts at ₱5,340,000 for the entry-level VX 3.3 4x4 AT, while the top-of-the-line Toyota Land Cruiser ZX 3.3 4x4 AT is priced at ₱5,732,000
Locally, the 2023 Toyota Land Cruiser is available in two variants: the Land Cruiser VX, and the Land Cruise ZX. Under the hood of both of these trims is a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 diesel engine capable of making up to 302 horsepower and 700Nm of torque. Both variants also come with a ten-speed automatic gearbox, and a 4x4 drivetrain.
Size-wise, the Philippine-spec Toyota Land Cruiser is 5,130mm long, 1980mm wide, and 1,945mm in height. Both also have a wheelbase length of 2,850mm, and a ground clearance of 225mm.
Competing against the Toyota Land Cruiser in the Philippine market is the Nissan Patrol, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition, BMW X3, and Land Rover Range Rover.
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