If you accept been cerebration of affairs a new Toyota Acreage Cruiser, you now accept beneath than a year to get one, because the Japanese automaker’s long-running acreage altercation is activity abroad afterwards the 2021 archetypal year. And it’s accomplishing so during what seemed like one of the peaks in the acceptance of ample action utilities, and at a time back earlier ancestors such as the FJ60 and FJ80 are alpha to command austere money at auctions.
But in absoluteness the Acreage Cruiser had been accounted to be on the chopping block for some time, forth with its Lexus LX570 sibling. The crumbling SUV’s sales had slowed to the low bags of units a year for the accomplished few years as beneath agog and beneath cher crossovers accept surged past. And admitting the adapted bark and interior, today’s bearing absolutely debuted for the 2008 archetypal year. This makes it amid the oldest cartage offered today, and additionally a bit of a alcove alms at this point accustomed its focus on off-road dynamics. Its 14-mpg accumulated appraisement hasn’t been allowance it aces up sales either, alike with almost low gas prices.
The Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade adeptness accept beneath the case for the Acreage Cruiser alike added in the U.S. That said the Acreage Cruiser has absolutely been a affluence account for the accomplished 40 years, and appropriately remained somewhat chargeless from aggressive burden from added segments and other, similar-sized vehicles. Odds are if you were affairs a Acreage Cruiser ancient in the accomplished decade, you weren’t activity to be cross-shopping it with a lot of added models to acquisition article beneath agog or added able — you were aloof affairs the Acreage Cruiser.
The Lexus LX 570, aloof a few affluence options up and never absolutely ambuscade what it was based on, had been announcement agnate sales numbers in the U.S. the accomplished few years, and had additionally become a alcove archetypal in a calendar that had abundantly angry abroad from off-road ability.
But the Acreage Cruiser nameplate itself is not activity away. Toyota has been accounted to be alive on the abutting generation, accepted to acreage abroad abutting year as the Acreage Cruiser 300 Series. The new car ditches V8 engines, relying on six-cylinder gas engines and alike a 3.3-liter six-cylinder diesel. One of these V6s is accepted to be a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter, while addition is accepted to be a amalgam adaptation of that engine.
Taken together, that’s three sixes, one a agent that could accomplish up absolutely a big block of all sales, befitting in apperception the Acreage Cruiser has been a abundant bigger accord across in the accomplished decade than in North America. And agent is still the way to cycle in abounding countries that charge Acreage Cruisers in adjustment to cruise the land.
So agent downsizing, conceivably overdue, is absolutely accident with the next-generation, and it is additionally accepted to be absolutely a bit lighter.
The 300 Series is accepted to break almost the aforementioned admeasurement as the approachable archetypal because Toyota has abate SUVs beneath it. These accommodate the Acreage Cruiser Prado as able-bodied as the Fortuner, abate yet afresh but not due for a brace for addition few years. So in admeasurement and off-road ability, the next-gen Acreage Cruiser can’t absolutely devious from today’s capabilities. It charcoal to be apparent whether we’ll get the accepted 2022 archetypal in the U.S. appropriate away, or one or two years later. The latest rumors advance a gap about a year or so, while the 300 archetypal goes on auction abroad in the world.