Frankfurt Motor Show: Toyota Land Cruiser

Isaac Cain
September 13, 2017

Toyota has taken the wraps off its facelifted Land Cruiser Prado (sold as the Land Cruiser in European markets) at the ongoing Frankfurt motor show. In profile, the auto looks different thanks to a taller front bumper plus realigned wing lines and bumpers, all on the same horizontal axis.

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In addition, lower corners on the new front and rear bumpers kick upwards to enhance off-road maneuverability, and the redesigned rear includes new lamp clusters. Six-spoke alloy wheels will be available in sizes of 17 or 18-inches, and a new 12-spoke 19-inch wheel design will also be offered.

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Occupants now have the use of front seat ventilation, rear seat heating and automatic climate control, while an electric heated windscreen, heated washer nozzles, reverse-tilting door mirrors and a new smart key design have also been added. The styling is subtle and evolutionary, with a new and intricate grille, reshaped headlights with LED daytime running lights on the upper-spec models and is overall larger than before. The steering wheel is also new, and is shared with the V8 powered land Cruiser. They include collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and a blind spot monitor.

Under the bonnet things remain unchanged. Instead, the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder, which was only introduced a couple of years ago, lives on with 130kW and up to 450Nm. As far as motivation is concerned, the Land Cruiser can be had with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel packing 177 hp (133 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque, linked to six speed manual or automatic - and the SUV can top out at 109 miles per hour (175 kph).

The Toyota Land Cruiser is sold in almost 200 countries worldwide and has become a byword for durability and off-road supremacy.

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