2022 Toyota Land Cruiser GR Sport is ready to hit the trails 

Updated Aug 04, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It features tweaks that will complement the nameplate’s off-road reputation. 

While the J300 is only the latest Toyota Land Cruiser to place a premium on comfort, it’s not about to become a street queen. Toyota wants to reassure fans that it’s not abandoning the model’s off-roading heritage, as it introduces the full-size SUV’s GR Sport variant. 

TOYOTA LAND CRUISER | E-KDSS (Electronic - Kinetic Dynamic Suspension) | Toyota

This makes the new-generation Land Cruiser the fourth recipient of Toyota’s Gazoo Racing treatment, reserved for models imbued with motorsport-derived upgrades straight from the factory. These enhancements are expected to bolster the vehicle’s reputation as the legendary machine to beat on drives where the asphalt ends. 

Toyota says that the product brief for the GR Sport stipulates a vehicle that’s secure and easy to drive yet can handle even the most challenging driving conditions. The company even gathered feedback from Dakar rally drivers who have sat behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser in the production car category dating back to 1995. 

Land Cruiser GR Sport in sand

Dakar Rally drivers requested modifications to the bumpers and suspension arm placement, among other things

It seems that the carmaker’s efforts have paid off, resulting in several improvements over the standard model. Chief among these is a revised rear suspension system, as the Land Cruiser GR Sport gains front and rear electronic differential locks over the regular version’s optional Torsen limited slip differential at the rear axle.

These work in concert with Toyota’s Electronic-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS), ensuring that the vehicle maintains its grip on the road even after jumping off uneven sections of the road at medium to high speeds. The E-KDSS further adjusts the front and rear stabilizers based on road and wheel conditions in precise increments, which improves handling when negotiating rocky trails. 

Land Cruiser GR Sport

The Land Cruiser GR Sport has a more rugged-looking exterior compared to the standard version

It seems that Toyota is eager to showcase the Land Cruiser GR Sport’s capabilities, as the company announced that it will be joining the 2023 edition of the Dakar Rally with a contender based on the new model. 

Along with the performance tweaks, the GR Sport’s aesthetics also get a makeover as Toyota distinguishes the variant from the rest of the Land Cruiser range with a new body kit. The revised fascia brings bigger bumpers and blacked-out mesh grille, proudly wearing the GR badge. Fender claddings hovering over the 18-inch Mud Gray alloy wheels are also rendered in black, same with the stepboards, side mirrors, and door handles.     

Land Cruiser GR Sport interior

A two-tone interior awaits occupants

The interior upholstery gets a red and black color palette on the sporty bucket seats. A carbon weave pattern can be found on the dashboard and leather-wrapped steering wheel, which also features a ‘GR SPORT’ badge on the bottom spoke. 

As with the standard Land Cruiser, the GR Sport offers either a 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline V6 rated at 415 hp and 650 Nm of torque, or a smaller 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel V6 packing 309 hp and 700 Nm of twist, both linked to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox. Power is channeled to the ground through a full-time all-wheel drivetrain.     

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Know more about Toyota Land Cruiser 2024

Toyota Land Cruiser

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

₱ 5,340,000 - ₱ 5,732,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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