We’re just months away before Toyota Motor Philippines officially launches the all-new Land Cruiser 300 in the country (if our sources are correct). With retail sales set to begin in October 2021, we won’t be surprised if customers have already reserved.
So far we know the (preliminary – pending final) specifications of the brand new flagship SUV for the Philippines. These include the 3.3-liter twin-turbo diesel V6, a new 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto, a JBL sound system with 14 speakers, huge 20-inch alloy wheels at top Versions and a four-inch zone climate control.
But what about those who prefer the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine V6? Unfortunately, TMP won’t be offering gas powered versions of the newest Land Cruiser in the country. But for those who want a gas-powered Land Cruiser, the gray market always exists, and they’re coming very soon, too.
According to a gray market trader who wanted anonymity, his shipment of Middle East-spec Land Cruiser 300 will arrive in the country around October. This somehow coincides with the launch of TMP’s new SUV.
The exact specifications of this gray market LC 300 have not been disclosed. Since they were originally intended for the Middle East, these are likely to be powered by the 3.5-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine V6, which makes 409 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Compared to the diesel V6, this engine delivers 100 hp more, but 50 Nm less torque. Shifting takes place via a 10-speed automatic transmission, similar to the PH-spec LC 300.
As for pricing, the Land Cruiser 300 gray market will reportedly sell between PHP 6.9 million and PHP 7.9 million. This means that the cheapest gray market LC 300 could be PHP 1,727,000 more expensive than the PH spec. Expensive? Yes, but Middle East specification models have additional features that local units may or may not be lacking.
Should demand for the Land Cruiser 300’s gray market equipment be low, we have been told gray market dealers could lower their prices to attract more buyers. On the contrary, if there is high demand, the price will remain between PHP 6.9 million and PHP 7.9 million.
If you’re planning on getting a brand new Land Cruiser soon, will you choose the ones TMP brought with you? Or will you opt for the aggregates supplied by gray market dealers with the V6 biturbo gasoline engine? Let us know in the comments.