It is not a joke. It is not a new model as well. The luxury SUV has its pickup truck version in some markets, such as Australia, South Africa, Europe… The pickup is not popular as its sibling from SUV segment. Still, there are fans in the United States that would like to see it in their markets. Well, the Japanese company could bring it on with 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup.
This is not a custom-made model, such as the one Arctic Trucks are making. But, off-road capabilities and utility of the LC give us right to believe it could be the truth. The new 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup is going to be based on the standard SUV. Furthermore, it is able to carry over the diesel engine from Europe. By that, Toyota can get a diesel truck. What’s more, the new 2019 Land Cruiser Pickup is then coming instead of a Tacoma diesel truck. Or both of them could be out next season? We can never know with Toyota.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup US Expectations vs Reality
First of all, the LC is capable to be a truck. Its specs sheet is not too worse from the compact pickup. So, from this angle of view, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup is possible. On the other hand, it is not so easy to turn the SUV into a truck. Also, to bring the shell and engines across the ocean is even less certain. The US market is very demanding. Land Cruisers diesel engine in other parts of the world can’t be used in North America. Well, the complete overhaul could make them produce less CO2. In that case, the drivetrain can proceed to the new market. But again, there are other segments that need tuning – power and torque output. So, all in all, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Truck is hard to happen in the USA.
Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup Future in Other Markets
For the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup, other markets will see updates of the truck. For example, in Australia, this one is coming out as the LC79 ute (Australian name for utility trucks). It is a double cab pickup build on Land Cruiser 70 Series platform.
But, we are expecting the 2019 Land Cruiser Pickup to use the 200 Series concept or even the brand-new 300 Series. Well, it all depends on the base SUV model.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup Diesel
The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup is definitely going to use a diesel engine. Reliable D-4D powertrains are ready, but the engineers will decide how big the drivetrain should be. If the truck happens in the US, the enthusiast will definitely want to see 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser V8. But, with chances so poor to happen, we will wait for another opportunity to see a Land Cruiser Pickup in North America.
Land Cruiser is coming out in different versions across the world. The pickup is not the only example of it. We can see a truck in Australia and South Africa, but not in the US. Also, the SUV is different here, in Japan and Europe. We can find Toyota Land Cruiser V8 diesel with a different shell and lower price outside the United States. But, the level of luxury and off-road capabilities are unmatched, even by Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup ute.