Updated off-roader gains new infotainment and improved cabin ergonomics
The revised large SUV, which remains a left field choice in Britain (where 566 Land Cruisers were sold last year) in a class that includes high-selling models such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, gets aesthetic and technical upgrades to improve its ergonomics and usability.
Its starting price leaves it £4440 more expensive than the Discovery Sport, but the Land Cruiser’s clearer off-road focus arguably makes it the most rugged option in the segment.
Toyota is bidding to make it more luxurious so has added a new 8in touchscreen infotainment screen that houses the car’s multimedia system to the cabin. It is accompanied by a 4.2in multi-information screen and a new instrument binnacle.
Also added is a larger steering wheel, borrowed from the Land Cruiser V8 that is not sold in the UK (and remains popular in the Middle East), and front seat ventilation.
The car also now gets an electric heated windscreen and heated washer nozzles to further boost its premium credentials.
Minor aesthetic changes have been made to the exterior, including a new, slatted grille, and the car has also grown by 60mm in length, although the overall design remains recognisable.
British buyers will be offered just one engine with the Land Cruiser, a 2.8-litre turbodiesel producing 174bhp and 332lb ft. It will hit 62mph from rest in 12.7sec and has a top speed of 109mph. Claimed fuel economy is 38.2mpg, while CO2 is rated at 194g/km. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
In eastern European markets the car is also available with petrol engines of 2.7 and 4.0-litre displacements.
Like its forebears, which stretch back 66 years, the new Land Cruiser retains a body-on-frame structure. Toyota says this boosts refinement by isolating the cabin from suspension jolts.
Ground clearance is 215mm for the five-door version and 205mm for the three-door.
Safety is boosted by Toyota’s Safety Sense system, which includes pre-collision prevention for both cars and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high beam technology. There’s also a blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert system.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser on sale from £32,795