The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is racking up more and more orders, but supply issues mean waiting lists are ballooning.
Japanese outlet BestCarWeb reports Toyota has received more than 21,500 pre-orders for its hotly anticipated SUV in just two weeks, more than four times the anticipated annual sales.
The outlet spoke to Japanese dealerships who advised customers could be waiting for up to three years for delivery of their LandCruisers.
The best-selling 300 Series models are reportedly the flagship ZX, which will be sold here as the Sahara ZX, and the new GR Sport.
BestCarWeb also reports the 3.5-litre hybrid V6 is another three years away.
The reports come after Toyota Australia announced 300 Series production has been halted during August and September due to COVID-19 restrictions in Southeast Asia, which has resulted in parts shortages.
While some 300 Series models will reach Australia as demonstrator models from early October, the start date for local deliveries has yet to be announced.
The company is reaching out to customers who have placed orders to keep them apprised of developments regarding their vehicles.
Toyota Japan has temporarily stopped accepting orders and is enforcing other measures, including making buyers commit to not reselling or exporting their cars within 12 months of purchase.
That’s ostensibly for anti-terrorism reasons, but could also be to stop buyers from selling their new LandCruisers to buyers who want to skip the queue and don’t mind paying handsomely for the privilege.
By enforcing this measure, Toyota Japan is also stopping the pre-order list from being clogged with resellers and those in the export business, ensuring actual consumers can get their hands on a 300 Series sooner rather than later.
The parts shortages have reportedly affected the LandCruiser’s more upscale relation, the Lexus LX, with Japanese outlets reporting its launch there has been delayed too.
The parts shortages come at an inauspicious time for Toyota, with the highly-anticipated 300 Series being the first all-new flagship LandCruiser in 14 years.
While petrol models are reportedly accounting for around 60 per cent of Japanese orders – possibly due to the lack of a seven-seat diesel option there – Australian-market models will only be available with a 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel V6 producing 227kW of power and 700Nm of torque.
Those outputs are up by 27kW and 50Nm from the outgoing 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel V8.
Pricing is up by roughly $10,000 across the board, with the 300 Series range opening at $89,990 before on-road costs for the GX and extending to $138,790 before on-roads for the Sahara ZX.
The carryover GX, GXL, VX and Sahara trim levels will slot below the new off-road-focused GR Sport and the more luxurious Sahara ZX.