It’s still the same, old-school SUV underneath

When’s the last time you’ve heard an automaker claim its latest vehicle is “easy to maintain and repair?” That’s exactly what Toyota said about its revised 2018 Land Cruiser, which makes its debut at the 2017 Frankfort Motor Show. It makes sense, after all, since the Land Cruiser is one of the most prolific vehicles in the world today. It’s sold in 190 countries worldwide and has a reputation of reliability and go-anywhere capability. Here in the U.S., the Land Cruiser is more of a status symbol, regulated to a few thousand sales a year with a fat asking price. Elsewhere, the Land Cruiser is viewed as a utilitarian beast that doesn’t mind trekking through foreboding countryside.

The Land Cruiser’s updates are mostly cosmetic. The front clip is new, the rear end is reworked, and the dashboard has been rearranged for better functionality. Toyota kept utility and functionality at the forefront, too, with impressive approach, breakover, and departure angles, along with 8.4-inches of ground clearance. Even the headlights were redesigned to make them more impervious to trail damage. Inside, the 4WD controls are placed on the center stack within easy reach of the driver. The greasy bits carry over unchanged, including the turbodiesel and two gasoline options. Toyota is dropping the gasoline option for Australia, however. Nevertheless, let’s take a dive into what’s new for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser. Keep in mind, this isn’t the U.S.-spec version with its 5.7-liter V-8. We expect that to come later in the year with these same visual updates.

Continue reading for more information.

The Revised 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Toyota didn’t go overboard in reworking the Land Cruiser. After all, it’s not that old, having been refreshed in 2016. Its bones soldier on from the last major redesign for 2008. A 2013 refresh kept things interesting in that time in between.

As for the 2018 changes, the front end gets the lion’s share. The grille, bumper, and headlights are all new. Both the headlights and grille are repositioned to maximize protection and wading depth. The grille keeps the Land Cruiser’s iconic vertical bar and the headlights are more inboard to avoid getting hit by off-road obstacles like tree branches. The headlights come standard as halogen or can be upgraded to LED low beams and halogen high beams with LED daytime running lights.

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The hood features a scallop in the center to help aid forward viewing, while (I assume) the twin bulges are left to give the Land Cruise a bolder front design. Further helping drivability, the top edges of the front fenders have been raised to help the driver see the width of the SUV. Wheel choices include 17-, 18-, and 19-inch alloy rollers. Toyota offers 10 exterior colors for the Land Cruiser, two of which are new. They are Midnight Emerald Blue and Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic.

Toyota’s motto for the Land Cruiser is “Total practicality, total durability, total capability

The Land Cruiser isn’t just a poser trying to look tough. It boasts 8.4 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 31 degrees, a breakover angle of 22 degrees, and a departure angle of 25 degrees. That allows it to crawl over terrain that would otherwise stop a vehicle in its tracks. The Land Cruiser continues to use its full-time 4WD system with both high and low ranges. A Torsen limited-slip center differential splits torque 40/60 to the front and rear in normal conditions. When slip is detected, more power can be sent to either axle. Also included is Toyota’s Active Traction Control system and Multi-Terrain Select system. A-TRAC uses the throttle and individual brake applications to control wheelspin, while the driver-selectable Multi-Terrain Select system puts the Land Cruiser into various modes that suit different conditions. They include Mogul, Crawl, Downhill Assist, and Hill-Start Assist.

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Inside, the dashboard has been rearranged with new aesthetics and improved functionality. Toyota says it’s grouped controls into three categories: drivetrain, driving, and comfort. It’s supposed to make finding and using the switches easier even when bouncing across rough terrain. The main 4WD controls take a prominent place on the center stack, just below the infotainment screen and HVAC controls.

Subjectively, the dash looks cleaner and better organized, especially since the HVAC vents are now atop the center stack

And speaking of bouncing, the kneepads along the center console are thicker now, helping keep knees and legs happy. Eyeballs should be happy with the larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen, too, and it’s running Toyota Touch 2 with Go software. The gauge cluster is also new with four analog gauges and a full-color, 4.2-inch information display. Upgraded LED mood lighting helps make the Land Cruiser’s interior feel worthy of the premium asking price. Subjectively, the dash looks cleaner and better organized, especially since the HVAC vents are now atop the center stack.

Powering the updated Land Cruiser are three familiar engines: the 2.8-liter D-4D four-cylinder turbodiesel, the 2.7-liter gasoline four-cylinder, and the 4.0-liter gasoline V-6. However, not all 190 countries the Land Cruiser is sold in will have access to every engine and transmission pairing. In Western Europe and Australia, the 2.8-liter turbodiesel is the only choice. The 2.7-liter and 4.0-liter are available further east in Europe.

Powering the updated Land Cruiser are three familiar engines: the 2.8-liter D-4D four-cylinder turbodiesel, the 2.7-liter gasoline four-cylinder, and the 4.0-liter gasoline V-6

As for power outputs, the 2.8-liter makes 128 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque when paired with the six-speed automatic transmission. With the six-speed manual gearbox, torque is limited to 309 pound-feet. The 2.7-liter gasoline four-cylinder makes a measly 118 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, making it a dull choice. The venerable 4.0-liter V-6 is a bit healthier but not overwhelming with 180 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It’s not surprising that most Land Cruisers come with the 2.8-liter turbodiesel. Australia’s Car Advice says 98.8-percent of all Land Cruisers in Australia come with the turbodiesel.

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As for the U.S.-spec Land Cruiser, we can look for these same updates on the 2019 model. However, Toyota is sure to keep the 5.7-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but Toyota isn’t expected to tack on a huge increase. In Australia, the current 2017 Land Cruiser costs between $54,000 and $86,000 Australia dollars. Here in the U.S., the 2017 Land Cruiser starts at $83,665.

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Press release

With an off-road heritage spanning more than 65 years, the Land Cruiser remains unique in its segment for its ability to combine outstanding quality, durability and reliability with unrivalled off-road performance and ever greater levels of luxury, occupant comfort and ownership prestige.

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Available in more than 190 countries worldwide, the most of all existing Toyota models, the Land Cruiser’s unrivalled off-road abilities have earned it a rock-solid reputation as one of the world’s toughest and most reliable 4x4s, and made it the segment sales leader in more than 10 European countries.

The new Land Cruiser further enhances this reputation with new, more modern and robust exterior styling, more sophisticated, comfortable and higher quality interior design, improvements to its dynamic abilities and user-friendliness, both on- and off-road.

Featuring ergonomically optimised and functionally grouped switchgear, a new dashboard design incorporates the large, 8 inch Toyota Touch® 2 with Go multimedia system, Optitron driver’s meters, and a steering wheel switchgear-controlled 4.2’’ Multi-information Display.

On-board comfort has been enhanced through the adoption of front seat ventilation, rear seat heating and automatic climate control, an electric, heated windscreen and heated washer nozzles, reverse tilting door mirrors, and a new smart key design.

In western Europe the new Land Cruiser is powered by a 130 kW/177 DIN hp 2.8 D-4D turbodiesel. For eastern European markets the model is also available with a choice of 120 kW/161 DIN hp 2.7 VVT-i and 183 kW / 249* DIN hp 4.0 VVT-i petrol engines.

Key to the Land Cruiser’s peerless off-road capability is its highly durable, deformation-resistant, segment-unique body-on-frame construction.

Easy to maintain and repair, its combination of very high strength and proven durability not only offers a high level of damage protection, but also significantly reduced body twist, allowing the driver to optimise both vehicle positioning and control.

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In addition, the body-on-frame construction efficiently isolates the cabin from suspension impacts, making even the most challenging off-road conditions more comfortable for vehicle occupants.

Helping even unskilled drivers maximise the vehicle’s off-road performance, the Land Cruiser’s all terrain support systems make it one of the most technically advanced, safe, pleasurable and easy to use four-wheel drive vehicles in the world.

No other SUV can offer the new Land Cruiser’s unique combination of off-road performance and on-road dynamics. Its powerful road presence and high levels of on-board technology hallmark it as a premium 4x4 with the perfect blend of go-anywhere capability, comfort and refinement.

Wherever you want to go, Land Cruiser will take you there. And bring you back.

MORE DYNAMIC, MODERN AND ROBUST STYLING

The exterior design of successive Land Cruiser generations has always combined the stylish aesthetics of a vehicle entirely at home in any environment with the robust image of durability and power expected from a genuine four-wheel drive machine.

The new Land Cruiser builds on this proven, trusted formula with a new design which is visually more agile and dynamic, yet maintains three core strengths essential to the vehicle’s renowned go-anywhere credentials:

Total Practicality -with headlamps and cooling openings positioned to maximise both protection and wading depth; Total Durability -with the powertrain and all functional parts well protected; and Total Capability -with the tight turning circle and generous ground clearance essential for even the most demanding off-road driving.

The new Land Cruiser’s overall length has increased by 60 mm to 4,840 mm (4,565 mm for the 3-door model). It boasts exceptional manoeuvrability, with a minimum turning circle of just 5.8 metres (5.2 metres for the 3-door model).

With newly designed bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps, front bumper and fenders, the front of the Land Cruiser draws on several structural elements from its unique design heritage.

The bonnet has been shaped to enhance downward visibility at the centre. In order to protect the engine bay, it is sandwiched by the bumper sides. Incorporating integral fog lamps, the lower part of the bumper corners kick upwards and the centre section has been shaped like a skid plate to enhance off-road manoeuvrability. And the fender tops have been raised to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.

Organised into a powerful, single graphic form, the radiator grille and headlamps have been placed high for greater off-road functionality. The grille openings are as large as possible to allow for optimum engine cooling performance, while the headlamp main beams are positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles during off-road driving.

In keeping with Land Cruiser heritage, the grille itself features broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome. Integrating high and low beams, a front turn signal lamp and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) within a distinctive casing, the headlamp clusters may be equipped with either halogen or LED/halogen headlamps, the latter incorporating LED DRL.

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Reinforcing the Land Cruiser’s broad, powerful stance, the sharply trimmed lower section minimises the effect of the front overhang on the vehicle’s off-road driving approach angle. Allied to a minimum ground clearance of 215 mm (205 mm for 3-door models), the 31 degree approach, 25 degree departure and 22 degree ramp breakover angles, ensure the model’s off-road abilities.

In profile, the front bumper peak has been raised, and the bonnet, fender line, front bumper and rear bumper are now aligned on the same horizontal axis, giving the new Land Cruiser a more athletic and dynamic posture. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by a choice of six-spoke 17” alloys with new, low RRC (Rolling Resistance Coefficient) tyres, high gloss painted 18’’ alloys, or a new, 12-spoke, machined finish 19’’ alloy wheel design.

To the rear, new elements include a redesigned lamp cluster featuring an LED stop light, a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number plate surround, and a restyled bumper with a kicked up base to the protruding corners.

The new Land Cruiser is available in a choice of ten body colours, including two newly available –Midnight Emerald Blue and Avant-Garde Bronze metallic.

HIGHER QUALITY INTERIOR

The interior of the new Land Cruiser features revised dashboard styling incorporating new designs for the driver’s instrument binnacle and centre console. It combines improved operability with the refined finish appropriate to a premium quality all-terrain vehicle.

The drivetrain-, driving- and comfort-related switchgear has been clearly separated into function-specific zones and ergonomically optimised for ease of use under even the most extreme conditions.

The top of the new centre console tower has been lowered for a more sleek appearance and improved front visibility when driving off-road. It incorporates a new, larger 8’’ full-colour multimedia screen, a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and the drivetrain-related instrument cluster.

Behind a new leather-clad gear lever reshaped for greater comfort, the driving- and comfort-related switchgear are clearly divided into separate panels for ease of use. The latter now includes heating and ventilation to the front seats.

Finished with a Silver Hairline texture that creates the appearance of sculpted metal, the centre console tower is cushioned between soft pads that support the occupants’ knees.

In the redesigned, four-gauge driver’s instrument binnacle, the precision Optitron meters feature a metallic base panel and spin polished dials with raised scale markings. They flank a 4.2’’ TFT colour Multi-information Display which provides drivers with comprehensive vehicle and infotainment data. Controlled via steering wheel mounted switchgear, the display features on-screen content including driving, vehicle, navigation, audio, driver assistance and warning message information.

The steering wheel itself is also new, now matching that found in Land Cruiser V8 models.

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The heightened luxury and sophistication of the new interior design has been further enhanced by new, white illumination for the instrument panel, centre console and door switchgear. And a new interior lighting scheme incorporates LED front footwell, roof head lining and glove box lamps, and door panel illumination for a high quality cabin ambience.

The new Land Cruiser’s interior features a choice of three colour schemes -Black, Brown/Black and newly available Premium Beige. A choice of trim finishes completes the premium quality cabin ornamentation –a silver Hairline metallic finish matching the centre console treatment and newly developed Light Brown or Dark brown wood grain.

DIESEL AND PETROL POWERTRAINS

The 2.8 D-4D is a 2,755 cm3, 16 valve, DOHC four-cylinder engine which develops 130 kW/177 DIN hp at 3,400 rpm. Mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 370 Nm of torque at only 1,200 rpm, and a maximum 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. It will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 175 km/h. Average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 7.4 l/100 km and 194 g/km respectively.

When mated to the 6-speed manual transmission, the Land Cruiser 2.8 D-4D develops a maximum 420 Nm of torque between 1,400 and 2,600 rpm. It will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 12.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of 175 km/h while returning an average fuel consumption of 7.4 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 194 g/km.

The proven, 2,694 cm3 petrol engine generates 120 kW/161 DIN hp at 5,200 rpm and maximum torque of 246 Nm at 3,900 rpm. When mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the 2.7 litre unit achieves a top speed of 165 km/h and an average fuel consumption of 12.3 l/100 km. When matched to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, maximum speed is 160 km/h and average fuel consumption 12.5 l/100 km.

The 4.0 VVT-i petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and develops 183 kW / 249 DIN hp at 5,600 rpm and 381 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

EXPANDED RANGE OF SAFETY FEATURES

High grade Land Cruiser models with automatic transmission come equipped with ‘Toyota Safety Sense’, a set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.

Combining a camera and millimetre-wave radar for a high level of detection performance, the Land Cruiser’s Toyota Safety Sense system features a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with a Pedestrian Detection function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB) technology.

Further driver support and safety enhancing systems include a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and an upgraded Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS).

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