Toyota keeps details the updated Land Cruiser a secret for now.
Toyota will bring a heavy helping of crossovers to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and they’ll come in two very different flavors.
Toyota will show a prospective addition for its compact crossover’s engine range by debuting the C-HR Hy-Power Concept in Germany. The company’s teaser doesn’t show much more than the vehicle’s license plate and lower fascia. However, the model might have some aesthetic changes. According to the automaker’s press release, the crew at Toyota’s European Design Center tweaks the styling “to emphasize C-HR’s emotional and powerful look, while hinting at future expansion of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain line.”
In a completely different size class, Toyota will also give the new Land Cruiser its world premiere in Germany. The company keeps details vague about the latest version of its range-topping SUV but confirms the model still rides on a body-on-frame chassis.
The existing Land Cruiser has been on the road for roughly a decade, so it has earned a replacement. In the United States, the model received an update for the 2016 model year that included a tweaked front-end design.
There are no details about the new Land Cruiser yet. However, we have to wonder whether it might pick up some of the retro styling cues from the FT-4X Concept (gallery below). The crossover, which premiered at the New York Auto Show, was too small to be a direct replacement for the current Land Cruiser without some major changes to the design.
A new Land Cruiser might also point to a new full-size SUV from Lexus. In the U.S., The Lexus LX570 exists as a more luxurious Land Cruiser, but they share the same chassis and powertrain. If Toyota replaces one of them, a new iteration for the other seems quite likely, too.
TOYOTA AT FRANKFURT
At the forthcoming IAA motor show in Frankfurt (Press days September 12-13, Public days September 16-24th), two dominant themes will shape the Toyota stand.
The increasing success and relevance of hybrid technology, which will be showcased by the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept, a design study developed by Toyota’s European Design Centre (ED2). Its intention is to emphasize C-HR’s emotional and powerful look, while hinting at future expansion of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain line up within its core models.
Toyota’s unique 65 years heritage and QDR* Leadership is embodied by the world premiere of the new Land Cruiser. Featuring a segment-unique body-on-frame construction, the new Land Cruiser will take you wherever you want to go. And bring you back.
In addition, the Toyota stand will also feature the hot hatch Yaris GRMN and the new Auris Touring Sport “Freestyle”, which brings a higher degree of personalisation to the Auris line-up.
The Toyota Press Conference takes place at 08:50 on Tuesday September 12th, on the Toyota stand in Hall 8.
* Quality, Durability and Reliability