Updated off-roader gains new infotainment and improved cabin ergonomics; on show in Frankfurt
Sam Sheehan
12 September 2017

The Toyota Land Cruiser, recognised by many as the world’s most rounded off-road vehicle, has been updated for 2017.

The revised large SUV, which has been revealed to the public at the Frankfurt motor show, gets aesthetic and technical upgrades to improve its ergonomics and usability.

Top of the list of changes is a new 8in touchscreen infotainment screen that houses the car’s multimedia system. It is accompanied by a 4.2in multi-information screen and a new instrument binnacle.

Also added is a larger steering wheel, borrowed from the Land Cruiser V8 that is not sold in the UK, and front seat ventilation.

The car also now gets an electric heated windscreen and heated washer nozzles.

Minor aesthetic changes have been made to the exterior, including a new, slatted grille, and the car has also grown by 60mm in length, although the overall design remains recognisable.

British buyers will be offered just one engine with the Land Cruiser, a 2.8-litre turbodiesel producing 174bhp and 332lb ft. It will hit 62mph from rest in 12.7sec and has a top speed of 109mph. Claimed fuel economy is 38.2mpg, while CO2 is rated at 194g/km. Drive is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.                                       

In eastern European markets the car is also available with petrol engines of 2.7 and 4.0-litre displacements.

Like its forebears, which stretch back 66 years, the new Land Cruiser retains a body-on-frame structure. Toyota says this boosts refinement by isolating the cabin from suspension jolts.

Ground clearance is 215mm for the five-door version and 205mm for the three-door.

Safety is boosted by Toyota’s Safety Sense system, which includes pre-collision prevention for both cars and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high beam technology. There’s also a blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert system.

No pricing for the new model has been revealed, but no major change is expected from the outgoing model’s £37,230 starting price.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser is capable, but its rugged nature is better suited to Africa than the UK

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