Toyota is introducing an updated version of the Land Cruiser. On sale now, the new Land Cruiser has a revised model range for the UK which for the first time includes a workhorse Utility grade, with a simple equipment specification and a choice of three or five-door body styles. It forms the entry point to a line-up that also includes Active, Icon and high-technology Invincible grades.
Inside the new Land Cruiser, there is a new-look dashboard. The dash also incorporates (according to equipment grade) a large, eight-inch touchscreen for the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia and navigation system, Optitron meters and a 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display. The cabin has been made more comfortable with front seat ventilation, rear seat heating, and automatic climate control, and there are reverse-tilting door mirrors and a new key design.
The new Land Cruiser retains its 175bhp 2.8-litre D-4D turbodiesel engine with six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Toyota says the Land Cruiser’s off-road capability is rooted in its body-on-frame construction, which the company says is now unique in the large SUV segment. The vehicle’s combination of strength and durability provides a high level of damage protection and it is designed for easy maintenance and repairs. The overall length has been increased by 60mm to 4,840mm (4,395mm for the three-door model). A minimum turning circle of 5.8 metres (5.2 metres three-door) contributes to exceptional manoeuvrability.
New-look frontal elements such as the bonnet, grille, headlights, bumper and wings draw on structural elements from the model’s design heritage. The bonnet has been shaped to improve downward visibility at the centre and it is sandwiched by the sides of the bumper to help protect the engine bay. The corners of the lower part of the bumper have integral fog lights and kick upwards, while the centre section is shaped like a skid plate for easier manoeuvring off-road. The top section of the wings has been raised so that it’s easier for the driver to pinpoint the vehicle’s extremities. The front grille and headlights have been organised into single, powerful graphic form and set higher for better off-road functionality. The grille’s apertures have been made as large as possible for optimum engine cooling, while the headlight main beams are positioned inboard to avoid damage when driving off-road.
On Active grade models and higher, the headlights use LEDs; on all models the daytime running lights also use LED technology. In profile, the peak of the front bumper has been raised and the bonnet, wing line and front and rear bumpers have been aligned on the same horizontal axis. The vehicle’s profile is further enhanced by a choice of six-spoke 17-inch alloys with new low rolling resistance tyres (Active grade), or, a new 12-spoke 19-inch wheel with a machined finish (Icon and Invincible grades). New elements at the rear include a redesigned light cluster with an LED stop light; a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated in the number plate surround; and a restyled bumper. In the UK, the new Land Cruiser is available in nine body colours, including new Phantom Blue and Avant-Garde Bronze metallic.
The new Land Cruiser’s interior features a revised dashboard that incorporates a new instrument binnacle and centre console designs, delivering easier operation and a refined finish. The redesigned instrument binnacle has a four-gauge lay-out with precision Optitron meters (Icon and Invincible grades) with a metallic base panel and polished dials with raised scale markings. The meters flank a 4.2-inch TFT colour multi-information display which presents comprehensive vehicle and infotainment data, controlled using switches on the steering wheel. The steering wheel itself is also new.
Land Cruiser’s 2.8-litre D-4D turbodiesel engine is a 2,755ccm 16-valve DOHC unit which develops 175bhp/130kW at 3,400rpm. Matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, it produces 272 ft lb of torque at 1,200rpm, and a maximum 331 ft lb between 1,600 and 2,400rpm. It will accelerate the vehicle from rest to 62mph in 12.7 seconds, and on to a maximum 109mph. Official combined cycle fuel consumption is 38.2mpg with 194g/km CO2 emissions. The engine is also available (in the Utility version) with a six-speed manual gearbox. With this powertrain, maximum torque of 331 ft lb is available from 1,400 to 2,600rpm. Acceleration to 62mph takes 12.0 seconds, while the benchmark figures for fuel economy and CO2 emissions are unchanged for the five-door and marginally lower for the three-door at 39.2mpg and 190g/km.
Icon and Invincible versions of the new Land Cruiser are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense active technologies to help prevent accidents happening, or mitigating the consequences if an impact does occur. The package includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with pedestrian detection function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). Further driver support is provided with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (Invincible grade) and an upgraded tyre pressure warning system.
Toyota’s UK customers have a wider choice of Land Cruiser models with the introduction of an expanded range that includes a new, simple Utility grade. Available in three and five-door format, it is fitted with17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, front fog lights, air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights, roof rails, cruise control, smart entry and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB Port. A six-speed manual transmission can be specified for the five-door version and is standard on the three-door model.
Active grade, available with a five or seven-seat interior, makes the switch from steel to 17-inch alloy wheels and adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather steering wheel trim and the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen and nine-speaker audio system. It is a five-door model with a choice of five or seven seat interior.
The seven-seat Land Cruiser Icon adds a number of new features for 2018, including Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems, 19-inch alloys, leather upholstery and front seats with heating and ventilation functions. As previously, it comes equipped with LED headlights and front fog lights, an entry lighting system, rear privacy glass, rain-sensing wipers and the Toyota Touch 2 with Go package with navigation and enhanced connectivity options.
At the top of the range, the Land Cruiser Invincible is equipped with many advanced technology features as standard, to improve handling and stability both on-road and off. These include a locking Torsen rear differential, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), Multi-Terrain Select, Multi-terrain Monitor, Crawl control and a 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor with an under vehicle terrain view. The safety specification is boosted by the addition of a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Pricing for the new Land Cruiser range is detailed below. Vehicles are on sale now. In common with all new Toyotas, Land Cruiser is protected by a five-year/100,000-mile new vehicle warranty.
|GRADE||BODY STYLE||POWERTRAIN||ON-THE-ROAD PRICE|
|Utility||3-door/5-seat||2.8 D-4D 6MT||£32,795|
|Utility||5-door/5-seat||2.8 D-4D 6MT||£34,095|
|Utility||5-door/5-seat||2.8 D-4D 6AT||£35,795|
|Active||5-door/5-seat||2.8 D-4D 6AT||£39,095|
|Active||5-door/7-seat||2.8 D-4D 6AT||£39,700|
|Icon||5-door/7-seat||2.8 D-4D 6AT||£47,495|
|Invincible||5-door/7-seat||2.8 D-4D 6AT||£52,295|