Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota’s 2018 Land Cruiser

16 February 2018

TOYOTA’S iconic 4x4 Land Cruiser gets a makeover for 2018 with a raft of significant improvements designed primarily to enhance the vehicle’s practicality and renowned go-anywhere capabilities.

Claiming to be the only large SUV in its class to retain a traditional body-on-frame construction, the Land Cruiser is generally acknowledged to be the most versatile of all off-road vehicles.

This is further enhanced in its latest guise with a range of changes aimed at enabling users to maximise the vehicle’s prodigious abilities.

As if to emphasise the point, there is a new workhorse Utility model in a choice of three or five-door body styles to cater for the more demanding needs of those who put the vehicle to serious all-terrain use, such as farmers.

However, there are luxury and comfort upgrades too, including a new eight-inch touchscreen operating system for multimedia and navigation in addition to a second four-inch colour information screen.

There is also ventilation for the front seats and heating for the rear ones, plus reverse-tilting door mirrors and a new smart key entry system.

The vehicle becomes slightly longer and gets a revised bonnet to improve forward visibility, integral fog lights in the redesigned front bumper, and brighter new LED headlights in the revamped grille.

Other exterior changes are designed to enhance engine cooling, make the vehicle edges more visible to the driver, reduce overhang and improve entry and exit angles in really rough terrain.

There is a choice of six-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels or a new 12-spoke 19-inch design with a machined finish for higher-grade models, plus two new body colours of phantom blue and metallic bronze.

For most models there is a combination of 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine generating 175bhp of power mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

This engine achieves torque, or pulling power of 370Nm at 1,200rpm, rising to 450Nm between 1600rpm and 2,400rpm.

It enables the Land Cruiser to accelerate to 60mph in 12.7 seconds, topping out at 110mph, with official average economy of 38mpg and a CO2 figure of 194g/km.

In the case of the Utility model the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with torque of 420Nm between 1,400rpm and 2,600rpm.

This makes the vehicle fractionally more sprightly and economical, with a lower CO2 figure of 190g/km.

Available in three and five-door format, it is fitted with 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, front fog lights, air conditioning, dusk-sensing headlights, cruise control, smart entry and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth, Aux-in and USB Port. The six-speed manual transmission is standard on the three-door model and optional on the five-door version.

Icon and Invincible versions are equipped with a range of safety technologies that include a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection function, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam.

Active grade is available with a five or seven-seat interior, and adds rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, leather steering wheel trim and the Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen and nine-speaker audio system.

Icon adds a number of new features for 2018, including active safety systems, 19-inch alloys, leather upholstery and front seats with heating and ventilation.

At the top of the range, the Land Cruiser Invincible is equipped with a wide range of advanced technology features to improve handling and stability. These include a locking rear differential, kinetic dynamic suspension system, multi-terrain select, multi-terrain monitor, crawl control and a 360-degree panoramic view monitor with under vehicle terrain view.

The warranty is five years/100,000 miles, and prices range from £32,795 for the three-door Utility model to £52,295 for the Invincible five-door seven-seat version.