In this 70th anniversary year of the legendary Land Cruiser, Toyota has completely redesigned its character by merging technologies accumulated over many years with the latest advancements to lighten it and lowered its centre of gravity. The new Land Cruiser also has a new powertrain, and new exterior and interior designs.
Toyota will be launching it worldwide starting in this summer.
In creating the latest model, Toyota sought to uphold the three pillars of the Land Cruiser success: "reliability, durability, and off-road performance".
Toyota adopted the new GA-F platform based on TNGA while keeping the frame structure, which is the foundation that protects the Land Cruiser's essence.
Furthermore, Toyota redesigned the Land Cruiser's character by merging technologies accumulated over many years with the latest technologies,
The frame itself was redesigned to reduce weight and increase rigidity.
Various steps were taken, such as the reduction of the total weight of the vehicle (by 200 kg) including the frame and the body, lowered centre of gravity, weight distribution, and improved suspension structure.
Based on these improvements in features, as well as through improvements obtained through actual driving tests by evaluation members, including in-house drivers with advanced or master-level technical skills and drivers who had participated in the Dakar Rally, Toyota aimed to create a car that is easy to drive and does not easily tire the driver both on-road and off-road.
A newly developed V6 twin-turbo engine (3.5-litre petrol and 3.3-litre diesel) is used to achieve class-leading driving performance and drivability that surpass those of a conventional V8 engine.
In terms of environmental performance, Toyota is aiming to globally reduce CO2 emissions by 10% a year compared with the previous model by combining the newly developed Direct Shift-10AT (10-speed automatic transmission) with lighter body weight.
On the exterior, the new Land Cruiser has pursued functional beauty in line with the Land Cruiser's heritage, such as light positions and bumper shape that are unlikely to be damaged during off-road driving.
On the interior, a horizontal instrument panel is created that easily captures the vehicle's position even during off-road driving. Additionally, Toyota pursued operational comfort by positioning switches that can be intuitively operated according to function, and using shape and colour designs that improve operability.
As for the package, placing priority on off-road performance, the vehicle size including the total length, total width, and wheelbase, as well as both the departure and approach angles have been kept the same as the previous model (excluding some grades).
The new Land Cruiser has adopted the latest Toyota Safety Sense active safety package with additional advanced functions.
Two functions have been added to the pre-collision system that helps avoid a collision or reduce damage by detecting pedestrians (daytime and nighttime) and cyclists (daytime).
The first is a function that detects oncoming vehicles at intersections and oncoming pedestrians crossing the street when the vehicle is turning in either direction.
The second is an emergency steering and crash avoidance function, which assists with steering and lane keeping and is triggered when the driver performs a steering maneuver to avoid collision.
Furthermore, the new Land Cruiser has adopted the new Parking Support Brake, which helps prevent accidents by recognising obstacles in front and back of the vehicle in a parking lot, approaching vehicles when the vehicle is backing, and pedestrians.
Since its launch in 1951, the Land Cruiser has continued to be viewed by customers as a safe and secure vehicle.
A total of 10.4 million units and over 300,000 units a year have been sold in 170 countries and regions all over the world.