The Land Cruiser is on the verge of being facelifted, but that hasn’t stopped Toyota’s UK arm from updating the current version by replacing the 3.0-liter diesel engine with a newly developed 2.8-liter D-4D promising to bring better torque delivery and cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 9%.
The 16-valve DOHC engine has a 2,755 cc displacement and produces 174 bhp (130 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque when linked to the standard six-speed manual while with the optional new six-speed auto it generates 332 lb-ft (450 Nm). When equipped with the automatic, the Toyota Land Cruiser 2.8-liter D-4D five-door model can return 39.2 mpg UK (32.6 mpg US or 7.2 liters / 100 km) and emit 194 g/km.
Besides receiving a new engine, the updated Land Cruiser (UK-spec) now comes with standard DAB digital radio and even the entry-level Active trim can be optionally configured with the Toyota Touch 2 with Go touchscreen infotainment system featuring navigation. Upgrade to the Icon version and you benefit from a fancier Toyota Touch 2 with Go Plus with text-to-speech function, voice command recognition and 3D city mapping.
An optional Safety Pack (standard on Invincible trim) is available and brings Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Assist, Pre-Crash Safety, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Multi-Terrain Monitor. In addition, an optional Protection Pack for the five-door model adds side mouldings, rear bumper protection plate and a trunk liner.
Available on order starting July 1, the 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser (UK-spec) kicks off at £35,895 for the Active three-door version with the six-speed manual and goes all the way up to £54,895 for the Invincible five-door model with the six-speed auto. Deliveries are slated to begin on August 1.