With an off-road heritage spanning more than 65 years, Land Cruiser remains unique in its segment for its ability to combine outstanding quality, durability and reliability with unrivaled off-road performance and ever-greater levels of luxury, comfort and ownership prestige. The New 2018 Land Cruiser model is the most durable yet making it a top rival for the likes of the Mitsubishi Shogun, Volkswagen Touareg, Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7.
Land Cruiser’s peerless off-road capability is rooted in its highly durable and deformation-resistant body-on-frame construction, which 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. Significantly reduced levels of body twisting help the driver optimally position and control the vehicle.
The body-on-frame build also efficiently isolates the cabin from suspension impacts, making even the most challenging off-road conditions more comfortable to negotiate for everyone on board.
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.
In keeping with Land Cruiser heritage, the grille itself features broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings, finished in chrome. The headlight clusters comprise high and low beams, front turn indicators and daytime running lights, contained in a distinctive housing. On Active grade models and higher, the headlights use LEDs; on all models the daytime running lights also use LED technology.
The sharply trimmed lower section of the body reinforces the Land Cruiser’s broad stance and minimises the impact of the front overhang on the vehicle’s off-road approach angle. Ground clearance is 215mm (205mm three-door), with 31-degree approach, 25-degree departure (26-degree for three-door model) and 22-degree ramp break-over angles.
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, generating a more athletic and dynamic vehicle posture. 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.
Inside, you’ll find the ideal blend of comfort and pragmatism. Toyota’s Easy Flat seating lets you fold the third row seats electronically, enhancing your storage space while ensuring you can still fit the whole family.
The luxury and sophistication of the interior are amplified by new white illumination for the instrument panel, centre console and door-mounted switches. The new cabin lighting scheme uses LEDs for the front footwells, headlining, glove box and door panels. Icon and Invincible models also have illuminated side steps.
You can choose from an impressive range of models with a variety of technological additions, including surround sound audio and a DVD entertainment system.
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 controls for drivetrain, driving and comfort have been separated in function-specific zones, with ergonomics optimised so that they are easy to use even in extreme conditions.
Automatic air conditioning lets you keep the temperature at the perfect level throughout your trip.
The top of the new centre console tower has been set lower for a sleeker appearance and better front-on visibility when driving off-road. It is fitted with a new eight-inch, full-colour multimedia screen (Active grade and above), a flush-fitting air conditioning control panel and the drivetrain-related instrument cluster.
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.
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 370Nm of torque at just 1,200rpm, and a maximum 450Nm 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 420Nm 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.
Pricing for the new Land Cruiser range is detailed below. In common with all new Toyota Vehicles, 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|