Following the unveiling of Lexus’ new and updated LX 570, the time has come for Toyota to reveal their 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser facelift.
The first major changes are to the exterior of the vehicle, where Toyota have completely redesigned the front grille. They have given it a more modern aluminum three-bar configuration and have improved the headlights, choosing to upscale to a more contemporary LED projector-style. Not only has the front of the vehicle undergone a revamp, but the rest of the bodywork has been subtly updated. There have been moderate alterations to the fenders, bumper and the hood, and a keen eye can also detect that tweaks have taken place to the side protection moldings as well as the door handle designs. The rear of the vehicle has benefited from an upgrade to LED taillights, and because they are now interconnected via a thicker chrome bar, the model looks classier, tailored towards a more upmarket purchaser.
It is not only the exterior of the vehicle that has seen substantial reworks, the interior has also benefited from upgrades too. The seating has been improved with Toyota’s addition of extra soft padding, and the general appearance of the materials has been augmented, with their thickness being increased to give a more stylish finish as well as an enhanced fit. Although a minor point, the dials and switches have undergone a change of shape, and there has been a reconfiguration of the arrangement of the buttons and knobs to make their location more logical, giving drivers easier access. The center cluster has been given an extra storage space together with a handy 12V outlet. Higher spec models also feature a useful wireless charger to make using devices while on the go easier. This updated model sees the implementation of Toyota’s brand new 4.2 inch TFT multi-information instrument cluster, and models that are higher spec now boast a huge 9 inch infotainment system display.
The Australian version of the vehicle comes with the option of either a 4.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine or a 4.6 liter V8 gasoline motor. While the diesel version has been ungraded with new injectors, improved mapping and a higher output diesel particulate filter, the gasoline version’s air injection system has been given an overhaul to meet Euro 5 regulations for emissions. The added bonus is that from a cold start it now has a faster warm up.
Vehicle safety is high priority, and the facelifted model sees the addition of new safety systems to warn of collisions before they happen, including an alert to warn of lane departure, a dynamic radar cruise control, and high beams that come on automatically if they are required. Also available is a system to monitor blind spots, a panoramic multi-terrain monitor and a system to keep track of tire pressure.
The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is already available for purchase in Japan and in October it will be launched in Australia. Other markets will follow shortly after.