This is the new Toyota Land Cruiser, and it’s a radical departure from the current version we get in the UK. It’s packed with new technology, has a cool retro design and a new diesel engine. Read on for all you need to know.
- New Toyota Land Cruiser revealed
- Boxy-looking off-roader for the UK
- All-new exterior design
- New off-roading tech
- 2.8-litre diesel engine
- On sale later this year
The new Toyota Land Cruiser has been revealed, and unlike the flagship Land Cruiser 300 which was launched a few years ago, this one will be coming to the UK.
It gets a cool retro-looking design, loads of new technology and it’ll go on sale later this year.
New Toyota Land Cruiser design
This new Toyota Land Cruiser is a radical departure from the outgoing car. Not to say the current model looks bad, it’s just a bit forgettable. That’s not something you can level at the new one.
It has a boxy, retro look to it which harks back to the original Land Cruiser from the 1950’s. Up front you have some slim, square headlights which blend neatly into the upright front end. It looks a bit like it was designed with an Etch-a-Sketch.
It’s a similar story down the side. This shape brings to mind the new Land Rover Defender and the Suzuki Jimny with its square profile. You get some chunky-looking cladding around the lower edges of the car, and the body panels have been designed to be easily replaceable in case you bump into some scenery while off-roading.
The rugged and off-roady theme continues at the rear. You don’t have the tailgate-mounted spare wheel like other hardcore mud-pluggers, however you still do have the opening glass portion to make it easier to load small items into the boot.
New Toyota Land Cruiser chassis and off-roading
The new Toyota Land Cruiser may look retro on the outside, but it’s bang up-to-date under the skin. It may still be a body-on-frame design, but that’s what you want in an off-roader. It allows for better suspension travel and allows you to fit tougher axles as well.
Check out Mat’s in-depth review of the 300 series Land Cruiser…
This new Land Cruiser has pretty much the same chassis design as the larger 300 series model, as well as the new Lexus GX. That means it’s 50% stiffer than the outgoing Land Cruiser, so it can do an even better job at keeping all four wheels on the ground over very rough terrain.
New Toyota Land Cruiser engine
The new Toyota Land Cruiser will launch in the UK with a new 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. There’s no hybrid system here, but it still has 201hp and it’ll tow up to 3,500kg. All cars come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
New Toyota Land Cruiser interior and infotainment
Toyota has revealed the five-door version of the new Land Cruiser, and it’ll be available with either five or seven seats. A three-door commercial version may also be available at a later date.
As for the interior design, it’s equally as boxy as the exterior. You have a huge infotainment screen, a new digital driver’s display and a large centre console. The dashboard has also been lowered to aid the driver’s visibility.
When will the new Toyota Land Cruiser go on sale?
The new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available to order in the UK later this year, although pricing hasn’t been announced just yet. Expect a figure of around £45,000.