Few models are as iconic as the Toyota Land Cruiser – which has been around for more than 65 years – and offer the kind of off-road prowess of a body-on-frame SUV.
Let’s face it – tough, robust and durable off-roaders are a dying breed – the Defender itself for example is going to ditch the separate chassis architecture when it gets resurrected for the upcoming new generation. So, while it’s been around since 1951, the Land Cruiser is slowly becoming a model in a niche – but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese automaker to proudly present it in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show. 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. It’s now 60 millimeters (2.3 inches) longer than its predecessor, and comes with 17 to 19 inches alloy wheels as well as LED technology for the brake lights.
Inside, the tough reputation is visible from the dashboard build – even though it now features better materials. There’s also a new, larger eight-inch display for the infotainment system, a 4.2-inch color central screen inside the instrument cluster, a new steering wheel taken from the Land Cruiser V8, along with other tweaks. The Land Cruiser sells in more than 190 countries all over the world, so it’s the best Toyota in terms of availability. 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 mph (175 kph). Gasoline choices include a 2.7-liter option with 161 hp (120 kW) and 181 lb-ft (246 Nm), linked to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. You can also go for a larger 4.0-liter good for 49 hp (183 kW) and a peak torque of 281 lb-ft (381 Nm).