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Toyota reveals new Land Cruiser with mild-hybrid tech. Image by Toyota.

Toyota reveals new Land Cruiser with mild-hybrid tech
The notoriously rugged 4x4 is now promising greater rigidity and efficiency, as well as a fresh FJ40-inspired look.
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What's all this about?

There’s a new Toyota Land Cruiser, and for some customers, that’s already enough. But this new model comes with a squared-off new look, a more rigid construction and a more efficient engine courtesy of mild-hybrid technology. But would-be buyers will have to wait a while, because the first deliveries aren’t due until the first half of next year.

So this Land Cruiser will be even stronger than its predecessor?

Apparently so. The new model sits on the new GA-F platform with a classic body-on-frame structure. Toyota says the new frame is 50 per cent more rigid than before, while the combined rigidity of the structure is 30 per cent greater. The Japanese manufacturer says that makes the car more responsive and more comfortable than before.

What else has changed?

This is also the first Land Cruiser to get an electric power steering system that reduces the amount of kickback through the wheel when driving over rough terrain. It also allows the car to get lane-tracing assistance as part of its Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance technology.

Other tweaks include a new disconnecting front anti-roll bar for better axle articulation on rough roads. Activated via a switch on the dashboard, the system is complemented by an upgraded Multi-Terrain Monitor that shows the driver the terrain under the vehicle, while the Multi-Terrain Select system automatically adapts the vehicle’s characteristics to suit the demands of different off-road conditions.

The new look is, erm, boxy...

Ah, yes. Apparently it’s inspired by the old FJ40 Land Cruiser, one of the models that made the car’s name as a top off-roader. But Toyota says there’s more to the Land Cruiser than just some classic styling. The car’s off-road performance is also helped by shorter overhangs and a narrow lower body, while body parts have been designed for easy replacement in case they get damaged.

What about the inside?

The new Land Cruiser’s cabin is also designed to look rugged and provide more off-road capability, with a low-set cowl and deeper side windows that increase all-round visibility for the driver. The cabin also gets a chunky, tough image including the horizontally arranged instrument panel and switches that are “shaped for easy operation,” according to Toyota. Speaking of which, the brand will also offer the new Land Cruiser with a choice of five- and seven-seat configurations.

What's under the bonnet?

In essence, the new Land Cruiser will be introduced with the same 2.8-litre diesel engine as its predecessor, offering 204hp. That goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to tow trailers weighing up to 3,500kg. However, from 2025, it will also be offered with a 48-volt mild hybrid system to help make it more economical.

Any word on pricing?

Not yet. But Toyota has confirmed there will be a new special First Edition model, offered exclusively to customers who reserve a car during the initial pre-sales period later this year. Just 3,000 examples of that car will be built for European customers, with each offering classic round headlights and two dedicated bi-tone exterior paintwork finishes: Sand and Smoky Blue.

James Fossdyke - 3 Aug 2023

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