The new Toyota Sequoia dwarfs the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series. Unfortunately, it’s still no closer to Australia.
The new-generation 2023 Toyota Sequoia three-row SUV has been revealed in the USA, powered exclusively by the company’s new 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid system.
The new Sequoia closely follows the recently-revealed Tundra full-size pick-up, using the same new TNGA-F ladder-chassis platform – which is also shared with the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series on sale in Australia.
However, as with the Tundra ute, don’t expect the Sequoia to appear in Toyota Australia showrooms any time soon.
Representatives from Toyota Australia recently told Drive: “We are continually revising our model line-up, however there are currently no plans to bring the Sequoia to Australia.”
While exact dimensions of the new Sequoia are yet to be revealed, it appears to be noticeably larger than the 300 Series LandCruiser sold in Australia.
The new Sequoia will be Toyota’s only three-row four-wheel-drive offering in the USA, with the LandCruiser bowing out of North America with the end of the 200 Series LandCruiser.
Unlike the Tundra, the new Toyota Sequoia will only be available with one drivetrain: a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged hybrid V6, matched to an equally-fresh 10-speed automatic transmission.
This new electrified powertrain has a combined output of 325kW and 790Nm, matching higher grade varaints of the new Tundra. Unlike Tundra, the non-hybrid twin-turbo petrol V6 (290kW/649Nm) isn’t available in the Sequoia. Fuel economy figures for the new Sequoia are yet to be revealed by Toyota.
The new Sequoia is available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive forms, with the latter gaining a two-speed transfer case. The TRD Pro specification also picks up a locking rear differential, along with updated suspension, BBS-made wheels and a front bash plate.
Other specifications include SR5, Limited, Platinum and Capstone – the lattermost a new flagship trim level for the big SUV, adding plush semi-aniline leather upholstery, chrome accents, 22-inch chrome alloy wheels, and more.
Inside, flagship variants offer a 14-inch central touchscreen, and a digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.
Where the previous-generation Sequoia used independent rear suspension for a stronger on-road driving and refinement focus, this new-generation Sequoia uses a five-link live rear axle that helps with an improved towing capacity of 4082kg, and more off-road capability.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will go on sale in the US in mid-2022.
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