Japanese auto giant Toyota has lifted the veils off the new Land Cruiser 200 and yes it continues to remain one massive SUV.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one incredible SUV that has a big fan following across the globe. The Japanese automaker has unveiled the facelifted Land Cruiser 200 and the vehicle gets new styling as well as equipment upgrades. This big and brawny SUV has always had very masculine styling and this legacy is carried forward with the facelift too. The front gets a large chrome grille with three big slats. The grille extends into the headlights on either side and this is the design element which looks a bit odd. The fog lamps have a unique enclosure but they look a tad small on a vehicle of this size.
The side profile is rather plain and it retains the manly profile of the vehicle. The Land Cruiser comes with double 5-spoke alloy wheels which look quite chunky. The rear gets new tail lights and a new chrome garnish across the tail gate. The SUV gets two new exterior colour options – Dark Blue Mica and Copper Brown Mica. The interiors have maintained their layout but the centre console gets mild tweaks here and there. Toyota now offers four colour schemes for the interiors, including a brown hue shade.
A new TFT LCD 4.2-inch touch screen has been added as well as six LED-backlit meters. The seats are now wrapped in genuine semi aniline leather and the ceiling is offered in black. Toyota launched its new safety package ‘Safety Sense C’ with the new Corolla this year and the Land Cruiser gets ‘Safety Sense P’ which includes Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and also Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
The Land Cruiser 200 also gets a terrain monitoring system and drivers can also check the positioning of all four tyres as well as the road surface below the vehicle thanks to an under floor view. The SUV is offered with only one engine – a 4.6-litre V8 petrol unit that produces 318 PS of power at 5600 RPM and 460 Nm of torque at 3400 RPM. The engine comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. The engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 6.9 km/l. The Toyota Land Cruiser is priced at 47,28,437 yen which translates to Rs. 24 lakhs.
Toyota will launch the new Land Cruiser in India too but it will cost upwards of Rs. 1.65 crore thanks to the humongous duties that we need to pay. The vehicle will be brought down via the CBU route and it makes for a good alternative to the Mercedes GL and Audi Q7, offering better reliability and ease of maintenance.