Toyota’s Land Cruiser gets a power boost with the introduction of a new 2.8-litre engine, leading a series of performance and equipment updates for both the passenger and commercial versions of the SUV.
The new four-cylinder turbodiesel unit delivers a maximum 201 bhp at 3,000rpm and produces peak torque of 369 lb ft from 1,600rpm. This marks an increase of 27 bhp and 37 lb ft on the previous engine, gains that are reflected in a 2.8-second reduction in the 0-62mph time to less than 10 seconds.
This additional strength brings no penalty in terms of fuel economy or CO2 emissions. With the benefit of a stop-start system as standard, fuel consumption is in fact slightly improved.
The engine meets the UK’s RDE2 (Real Driving Emissions) standard, so qualifies for a lower Vehicle Excise Duty charge – down by £325 in the first year compared to the current Land Cruiser.
New grade structure
The Land Cruiser line-up now offers two equipment grades.
The Active grade is the new entry point to the range, available in three and five-door formats and with five or seven seats.
The specification gains wireless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, together with an improved multimedia system. Operated via an eight-inch touchscreen, this benefits from faster software and command response and offers a customisable home screen so that owners can prioritise their most frequently accessed functions.
The Active grade’s established features include 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control air conditioning, smart entry and push-button start, roof rails and heated power door mirrors.
At the top of the range, the seven-seat Invincible also adopts the smartphone integration package and is newly available with an optional Black Pack. Customers who opt for black leather upholstery can also specify an all-black exterior, including the front grille, door mirror casings, rear light surrounds, side mouldings and rear garnish, plus clear lenses for the rear light clusters. The look is carried through to the cabin with black finish for the centre console and transmission tunnel. Black alloy wheels can also be specified, as an additional option.
The Invincible comes with a comprehensive, top-quality specification including systems to tackle the demands of different off-road conditions. Multi-Terrain Select, a rear differential lock, centre Torsen limited-slip differential and Crawl Control are all part of the suite of control functions, plus Adaptive Variable Suspension with electronically modulated rear air suspension.
The Land Cruiser Invincible also offers further features, including triple-zone climate control, power steering column and front seat adjustment, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, leather upholstery, multi-view monitor, 14-speaker JBL Synthesis premium audio system, LED headlights, 19-inch alloys, rear privacy glass and illuminated side steps.
Upgraded Toyota Safety Sense
The Land Cruiser Invincible is equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense, benefiting from system upgrades and additional functions. The Pre-Collision System gains the ability to detect pedestrians and, in daylight driving, cyclists. The intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control improves safety while also reducing the burden on the driver, and the addition of Lane Trace Assist provides automatic assistance to keep the vehicle positioned within its traffic lane.
Land Cruiser Commercial
The Land Cruiser Commercial retains its existing line-up of short and long-wheelbase versions (three and five-door) in Utility and Active trims. They both adopt the new engine and the Active grade gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Land Cruiser model range and pricing
The new Land Cruiser range is on sale now with first deliveries of the passenger models from October, followed by the Commercial versions later in the autumn. All new vehicles come with Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty.
|Land Cruiser Commercial||Utility 3dr||2.8 6MT||£35,925*|
|Land Cruiser Commercial||Utility 5dr||2.8 6MT||£37,560*|
|Land Cruiser Commercial||Active 3dr||2.8 6AT||£41,225*|
|Land Cruiser Commercial||Active 5dr||2.8 6AT||£42,175*|
|Land Cruiser||Active 3dr||2.8 6AT||£42,345|
|Land Cruiser||Active 5dr||2.8 6AT||£43,690|
|Land Cruiser||Active 5dr 7-seat||2.8 6AT||£44,265|
|Land Cruiser||Invincible 5dr 7-seat||2.8 6AT||£57,490|
* VAT can be reclaimable on commercial vehicles