Images of the thoroughly 2018 Land Cruiser emerged onto the web many months ago and it’s only now Toyota has decided to unveil its updated off-roader for the IAA show. The body-on-frame SUV has gone through quite a few changes, starting with the exterior now featuring a thoroughly redesigned front fascia. The cosmetic surgeons were tasked to come up with a new grille that has an intricate design and comes with generous openings to ensure effective engine cooling.
While we’re not big fans of the grille and its wide vertical bars, the reshaped headlights flanking it are much nicer than before and come to give the Land Cruiser a more modern look also helped by the implementation of LED daytime running lights on the upper-spec models.
60 millimeters (2.3 inches) longer than its predecessor, the reputable SUV has also gone under the knife to receive a reshaped front bumper and new fenders, while the rear bumper has been given a nip and tuck as well. Fresh alloy wheels ranging in size from 17 to 19 inches are also part of the package, as are the taillights equipped with LEDs for the brakes.
Rounding off the changes on the outside are the Avant-Garde Bronze metallic and Midnight Emerald Blue paints joining the existing eight shades.
Stepping inside, Toyota says it has dialed the quality up a notch by tweaking everything from the dashboard to the switchgear. Changes include a bigger eight-inch display for the infotainment system, a 4.2-inch color central screen in the instrument cluster, a new steering wheel borrowed from the Land Cruiser V8, and white illumination for the instrument panel.
As far as the oily bits are concerned, engine choices will depend from where you’ll be buying the Land Cruiser in Europe. It’s going to be offered in more than 190 countries all over the world, thus making it the model with the broadest availability from Toyota.
One of the engines that will find its way underneath the new hood will be a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel rated at 177 hp (133 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque when paired with the six-speed automatic transmission. Go for the six-speed manual and torque and you will have to make do with 310 lb-ft (420 Nm). Both enable the Land Cruiser to top out at 109 mph (175 kph), but the version with the manual is 0.6 seconds quicker in the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph), which takes 12.1 seconds.
If you would rather have a gasoline engine, the 2.7-liter mill produces 161 hp (120 kW) and 181 lb-ft (246 Nm) delivered to the road through either a five-speed (yes, five) manual or a six-speed automatic. Not that top speed matters a great deal in this case, but the manual version maxes out at 103 mph (165 kph) whereas the auto does 100 mph (160 kph).
For more gasoline punch, the 4.0-liter comes exclusively with a six-speed auto and generates 249 hp (183 kW) and a peak torque of 281 lb-ft (381 Nm).
The Land Cruiser now boasts the latest Toyota Safety Sense, with technologies like a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning. It has also received an upgraded tire pressure monitoring system, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser debuts today at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Gallery: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser official images
NEW TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
Quality, Durability and Reliability since 1951
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
*207 kW / 282 DIN hp for models sold in Ukraine