Toyota has upgraded it’s flagship 4X4, the 200 Series Landcruiser, with a makeover that includes more safety equipment, more oomph and some styling tweaks.
The Cruiser’s face sports revised sheetmetal, a new bumper design and a more prominent upper grille that extends into the headlamp clusters, while out back there’s a new upper tailgate design and rear bumper.
Door side mouldings and handles have also been restyled as part of the 2016 update.
Two new colours, Copper Brown and Onyx Blue, are available on all grades except GX, bringing the total palette to 10 colours.
The LandCruiser 200 Series line-up remains diesel-only GX, followed by petrol or diesel GXL, VX and Sahara, all driven through an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission.
GX is trimmed with grey fabric and GXL with grey or beige fabric while VX and Sahara offer the choice of black or beige for their leather-accented interiors. GX is a five-seater, diesel VX and Sahara have seven seats and all other grades offer eight seats.
Newly designed headlamps are halogen on GX, projector on GXL with LED low and halogen high beams with static auto-levelling; and dusk-sensing Bi-LED for VX and Sahara with dynamic auto-levelling. The two higher grades also feature LED front fog lamps.
As the entry model to the range, GX also gains a 12-volt accessory socket in addition to its 17-inch steel wheels and snorkel. Its use as a workhorse is reflected in features that include vertically hinged rear door and vinyl floor covering.
New GXL features include roof rails, LED low-beam headlamps with auto-levelling (static), LED clearance lamps, leather-accented steering wheel and gear-shift knob, a revised analogue instrument cluster and variable intermittent wipers (front and rear).
Other GXL features include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone front climate-control air-conditioning, a rear cooler, rear spoiler, aluminium side steps, a second 12-volt connector and a 220-volt rear connector, horizontal-split tailgate, smart entry and start, reversing camera, satellite navigation#, privacy glass and body-coloured mirrors.
The VX spec list is improved with new features that include dusk-sensing bi-LED headlamps that incorporate dynamic auto-levelling. It also gains side airbags for the outboard second-row seats as well as LED front fog lamps and daytime running lamps, newly designed Optitron instruments with a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display and a nine-inch touchscreen display (one inch bigger).
Other standard VX features include leather-accented seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System – originally developed in Australia.
Other comfort and convenience items include front and rear parking sensors, power-retractable exterior mirrors, moon roof, black side steps and woodgrain-look interior highlights.
At the top of the range, Sahara – in addition to the new safety equipment and other features shared with the VX – gains a wireless smartphone charger and revised rear-seat entertainment with screens mounted on the back of the two front seats.
It is also equipped with a power tailgate, heated electric side mirrors, multi-terrain monitor, a cool box, heated front and second-row seats, ventilated front seats and active headrests. Its electrically adjustable steering column has three memory positions that also incorporate seat and mirror positions.
Under the bonnet, the 4.5 litre twin-turbo diesel has received some new injectors, revised ECU mapping as well as a diesel particulate filter. Output has risen slightly from 195kW to 200kW with torque remaining steady at 650Nm.
Fuel consumption has been improved with Toyota claiming an eight percent increase in efficiency, which translates to a combined cycle rate of 9.5 litres/100km. The diesel is also now Euro 5 compliant .
The 4.8 litre petrol V8 is unchanged and outputs 227kW and 439Nm. Toyota is claiming that the petrol V8 is now more efficient but has not quoted any numbers in evidence.
2016 Landcruiser Pricing