First Toyota Land Cruiser EV Concept Is Something Different Altogether
Posted on October 21, 2023
It was only a matter of time before Toyota released an electric Land Cruiser concept. For better or worse, all of your favorite legacy nameplates will be electrified eventually and it seems the Landy’s time has come. However, the electric Land Cruiser will be radically different from every other model that came before it.
With electrification comes a monocoque chassis, for the first time in the Land Cruiser’s history. Traditionally, the Land Cruiser is body-on-frame, which gives it superior off-roading and towing capability. So its switch to a monocoque—which is better for structural rigidity, ride comfort, and on-road handling—shows where Toyota’s priorities lie.
A monocoque chassis doesn’t mean the electric Land Cruiser Se won’t be able to off-road well. The new Land Rover Defender is proof such a chassis can handle some serious terrain. But the small amount of extreme off-road capability it loses is the tradeoff for more comfortable on-road experience.
The Land Cruiser Se won’t be the only Landy with three rows of seats but this one might be the most spacious. With a monocoque chassis and an electric powertrain, Toyota will be able to carve out more interior space than it would have been able to otherwise.