Toyota has officially unveiled the new 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser.
The new model features revised styling inside and out, as well as changes to its suspension systems to provide greater comfort and stability.
The 2014 Land Cruiser has a new, more prominent front grille and a deeper front bumper. The headlights now incorporate daytime running lights, and will be available in both halogen and LED versions depending on model grade. The light units are now also mounted higher up to protect them from off-road damage, and incorporate subtle Land Cruiser branding.
While the new front bumper adds 20mm to the vehicle’s overall length, a sharp cutaway to the lower section allows the Land Cruiser to retain its approach angle.
The rear light clusters now use clear lenses, while the rear licence plate surround is more prominent.
New 17 and 18-inch wheel designs and a number of new metallic finishes will also be introduced.
Inside, the centre console carries a new switch panel that combines the controls for on- and off-road driving systems, including a new five-mode Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control selector.
The instrument cluster gains a 4.2-inch TFT colour screen between the two main dials, with a steering wheel-mounted button to select from a range of functions.
The dials have been revised with thinner needles, blue illumination and aluminium outer rings.
New brushed metal, piano black and wood grain finishes adorn various parts of the interior, with extra detailing such as aluminium trim to the air vents, audio panel and steering wheel.
Access to the third row of seats in five-door models has been made easier by increasing the folding angle of the second row of seats, while the seat upholstery has been upgraded with double stitching on cloth-equipped models and contrast stitching for leather models.
The range of safety gubbins has been expanded with the addition of Toyota’s Blind Sport Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems.
Underneath, the dampers have been enhanced on standard suspension models, while the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System has had many components, such as the front anti-roll bar, beefed up.
UK models will continue to use the 188bhp 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine. Producing 420Nm of torque from 1,600 to 3,000 rpm, it’s mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The powerplant is now Euro 5-compliant, yet retains the performance of the previous model: 0-62mph in 10.2 seconds (three-door) or 11.0 seconds (five-door). CO2 emissions drop slightly from 214g/km to 209g/km.
The new Toyota Land Cruiser will go on sale in early 2014, with exact prices and specification levels to be announced later.