Toyota has unveiled the new 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser for the U.S. market. Aiming to improve the ‘ultimate-luxury SUV’, the manufacturer has updated the exterior and interior design along with addition of safety systems.
The Land Cruiser has been on sale in the United States since 1957, evolving from a utilitarian go anywhere vehicle to a full-capability luxury SUV. The new facelifted 2016 Land Cruiser features a revised bumper along with a new grille extending to the projector-beam LED headlamps with an integrated Land Cruiser logo. The muscular front features distinctive power bulges on the hood aiding in an imposing stance.
The rear features new tail lamps incorporating LED brake lights with a light-tube design. It also gets a revised bumper and a new full-width chrome strip on the tailgate. The 18-inch alloy wheels sport a new design and the sides of the SUV gets chrome embellishments embossed with the Land Cruiser logo also.
The 2016 Land Cruiser will be offered in a fully loaded version in the U.S without any factory options or packages. Customers can choose between a new Terra (brown) and a black interior scheme, with semi-aniline perforated leather and a Deep Wood trim. The center console has been redesigned to offer ease of use while incorporating the use of high quality materials.
The Entune 2.5 Multimedia system with 9-inch display will now feature iPhone integration with Siri Eyes Free mode and Qi wireless charging. Other features include a rear seat entertainment system with 10-inch screens, a Smart Key keyless entry system, four-zone automatic climate control along with heated steering wheel among others.
The 2016 Land Cruiser will include the Toyota Safety Sense-P package with Pre-Collision system, Frontal Collision Avoidance and Pedestrian Protection. It will also include driver assistance systems like Lane Departure Alert, Auto High Beam, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and a new Blind Spot Monitor.
The luxury SUV will be powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that produces 381 hp (284 kW) and 401 lb.-ft. (543 Nm) of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission offered in the earlier version is been replaced by a new 8-speed automatic transmission.