Toyota Land Cruiser gets a facelift while promising same quality, durability and reliability
With an off-road heritage spanning more than 65 years, the Land Cruiser remains unique in its segment for its ability to combine outstanding quality, durability and reliability with unrivalled off-road performance and ever greater levels of luxury, occupant comfort and ownership prestige.
The new Land Cruiser aims to further enhance this reputation with new, more modern and robust exterior styling, more sophisticated, comfortable and higher quality interior design, improvements to its dynamic abilities and user-friendliness, both on- and off-road.
That means a new bonnet, front bumper as well as a redesigned grille all help bring the Land Cruiser up to speed along with daytime LED running lights.
Key to the Land Cruiser’s peerless off-road capability is its highly durable, deformation-resistant, segment-unique body-on-frame construction.
Easy to maintain and repair, its combination of very high strength and proven durability not only offers a high level of damage protection, but also significantly reduced body twist, allowing the driver to optimise both vehicle positioning and control.
The vehicle profile is further enhanced by a choice of six-spoke 17” alloys with new, low RRC (Rolling Resistance Coefficient) tyres, high gloss painted 18’’ alloys, or a new, 12-spoke, machined finish 19’’ alloy wheel design.
Inside there’s a revised dashboard styling incorporating new designs for the driver’s instrument binnacle and centre console.
The top of the new centre console tower has been lowered for a more sleek appearance and improved front visibility when driving off-road. It incorporates a new, larger 8’’ full-colour multimedia screen, a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and the drivetrain-related instrument cluster.
The new Land Cruiser’s overall length has increased by 60 mm to 4,840 mm (4,565 mm for the 3-door model). It boasts exceptional manoeuvrability, with a minimum turning circle of just 5.8 metres (5.2 metres for the 3-door model).
With only diesel and petrol powertrains offered worldwide, does the Land Cruiser risk becoming a bit out of step in the current market? In the UK alone, it will only be offered in the 2.8-litre diesel unit, which produces 174bhp and 450Nm of torque.