Toyotas venerable off-roader, the Land Cruiser V8, is being unveiled in rejuvenated form at the Brussels Motor Show. Theyve changed the interior and exterior, engine and made it even better off-road.
The most visible changes have been made to the font of the Land Cruiser V8, which now features an over-size bumper that incorporates fog lights, a new grille and a smattering of chrome. It sounds a bit gaudy but it works well and gives a premium look to the front of the vehicle.
There is also a new rear bumper and side protection strips, different 20-inch alloy wheels, a powered upper tailgate and bi-xenon headlamps with LED running lights. The changes to the rear end look a bit awkward in our opinion but otherwise it all looks neat, integrated and an improvement on the current model.
I bet that you can guess what theyve done to the interior, cant you? Yep, theyve given it more kit, so now you get a fancy stereo and sat-nav system, Bluetooth, heated steering wheel, and heated and cooled front seats.
Theyve also fiddled with the dashboard layout, changed the layout of the rear seats and given the whole of the interior a premium feel. Apparently.
The 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine now meets Euro 5 emissions standards -but dont worry that theyve emasculated it, because they havent; it still has enough power and torque to pull John Prescott away from a meat pie. The new engine produces 286bhp and 650Nm torque.
Its also been tweaked to reduce NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
Your new Toyota Land Cruiser can be ordered with a JBL stereo that uses GreenEdge energy efficiency technology and uses up to 80 per cent less power than conventional audio units.
Really, youre driving a 4.5-litre V8 diesel vehicle that weighs nearly 5,000lbs, gulps fuel at the rate of a gallon for every twenty miles covered and youre worried about the power consumption of your stereo? Really Toyota, get a grip
The Land Cruiser is now even more accomplished off-road, thanks to the fitment of some fancy and interesting technology. First up is Turn Assist that reduces the turning circler when negotiating tight bends. Then there is Crawl Control with seven speed settings for climbing at descending steep hills, five-mode Multi-terrain Select, and Tyre Angle Display. You also get a Multi-terrain Monitor, which gives you a 360-degree view of whats around your vehicle, which is very useful when youre driving a vehicle the size of Gloucestershire.
Available from:1st March
The Toyota Land Cruiser V8 is a crushingly effective off-roader that is (whisper it) a wee bit uncivilised on the tarmac. The new changes wont have changed that but it should be a bit more comfortable and a bit quieter.
If you were going to buy a new Land Cruiser V8 then these changes will have made it even more appealing unless you are willing to forego them and a negotiate a massive discount on the outgoing model thats currently cluttering up their showrooms
Check out our full guide to the Land Cruiser V8, with reviews, photos, videos and stats.