Now that Lexus revealed the new LX 570 at Pebble Beach, across the Pacific, Toyota has taken the wraps off the new Land Cruiser. This makes sense, as the two vehicles are very closely linked. The less glitzy version of the flagship Lexus sport-ute, Toyota’s refreshed off-roader is known domestically and in this body-stye as the Land Cruiser 200.
This latest iteration benefits from a series of updates – some of which you can see from looking at it, and some of which you can’t. There’s a new three-bar grille, to start with, along with a reshaped hood, LED headlights, and a restyled tailgate as well. The interior has also been refreshed with new switchgear, instruments, and 4.2-inch color TFT LCD screen.
Toyota has also outfitted the new Land Cruiser with its latest Safety Sense P suite. The new technologies includes pre-collision, pedestrian detection, radar-enabled cruise control, lane departure, and automatic high-beam systems. You’re looking at the Japanese version, and individual equipment levels vary from one market to another. Domestically, it’s being offered in four trim levels with either five seats across two rows or eight seats on three. Either way, the Land Cruiser comes with a 4.6-liter V8 engine driving all four wheels. Partially Redesigned Land Cruiser 200 Debuts Toyota’s Latest Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Launched today in Japan, the partially redesigned Land Cruiser 200 is the first model to bring Toyota’s flagship active safety package, Toyota Safety Sense P, to the market. The model also debuts several cutting-edge driver assistance features, as well as a number of aesthetic updates aiming to reinforce its powerful and advanced image. Toyota is aiming for monthly sales in Japan of 250 units.
Safety and driver assistance
The Toyota Safety Sense P active safety package comes standard on all grades. Toyota Safety Sense P is a higher-spec version of the Toyota Safety Sense C package, which debuted earlier this year on the Corolla in Japan. As the standard-bearer for the Land Cruiser nameplate, Toyota considered the Land Cruiser 200 to be the perfect model to showcase this advanced new safety package. Toyota Safety Sense P includes the following functions:
– Pre-collision System with pedestrian detection
This system uses millimeter-wave radar and a single-lens camera to detect pedestrians in addition to vehicles. To help prevent or mitigate collisions, the system activates an audio and visual alert in addition to brake assist, followed by automated braking if the driver does not brake in time. Automated braking operates at relative speeds of between approximately 10 to 80 km/h for reducing potential damage or collisions with pedestrians and can reduce speed by approximately 30 km/h. For potential collisions with or damage from other vehicles, the enhanced PCS system included with the Toyota Safety Sense P package operates at relative speeds of between approximately 10 km/h and the vehicle’s top speed, reducing speed by approximately 40 km/h.
– Radar Cruise Control (with brake control)
On highways, Radar Cruise Control uses millimeter-wave radar to detect preceding vehicles and determine their speed. It then adjusts vehicle speed (within a set range) to ensure that there is a safe distance between vehicles. By using a forward-facing camera and millimeter-wave radar to monitor vehicles merging into or out of the lane, Radar Cruise Control helps maintain smooth acceleration and deceleration while driving.
– Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
LDA uses a camera to detect white and yellow lane markings. If the vehicle starts to deviate from the lane, LDA alerts the driver with an audio and visual alert.
– Automatic High Beam (AHB)
AHB helps ensure excellent forward visibility during nighttime driving. It uses a camera to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the tail lights of vehicles ahead, and then automatically switches between high beams and low beams so as not to dazzle other drivers.
Among additional safety and driver assistance features, a panoramic multi-terrain monitor helps assess safety conditions all around the vehicle. Furthermore, it is now possible to check the positioning of tires and safety conditions under the vehicle, thanks to the world’s first1 use of an under floor view. The shape of the road surface ahead of the vehicle and the inclination of the vehicle can be checked intuitively via a front view rotating display―another world-first feature1.
All models feature a Blind Spot Monitor, which uses radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes and helps with rear view assessment when changing lanes. Additionally, a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system warns the driver when the Blind Spot Monitor detects a nearby vehicle when backing out of parking lots. Finally, hazard lights automatically flash during sudden braking as a signal to warn vehicles in the rear.
The Tire Pressure Warning System on the Multi-Information Display monitors the air pressure of each tire individually, assisting with safe driving and contributing to increased fuel efficiency.
Aspiring to a style worthy of the cream of the 4WD crop, the working theme behind the redesign of the Land Cruiser 200 was “functional beauty.”
A refined, flowing design, marked by elevated horizontal character lines, extends throughout the vehicle. By hollowing out the hood center section while maintaining a convex shape from hood to grill, the entire front section strikes a muscular, imposing stance. This is further accentuated by a new three-bar grill, the metallic garnish of which extends horizontally across the LED headlights.
Similarly, the rear license garnish extends across the rear combination lamps, which themselves stretch across the rear door panel to the edge of the vehicle. Overall, the rear profile projects a sense of unity, width and stability.
With the addition of Copper Brown Mica and Dark Blue Mica, a total of nine exterior colors are available.
To improve functionality, switches and displays have been gathered and grouped by function in the center cluster. Six LED-backlit meters convey the status of the vehicle at a single glance. Hairline decorations also adorn the meter board which, along with improved textures, now features a 4.2-inch TFT color LCD screen.
The ceiling is now available in black, and the interior now has four colors available to choose from―including a new brown color. The seat covers use genuine semi aniline leather.
Going forward, Toyota will launch the redesigned Land Cruiser 200 outside Japan, although options, features, and specifications may vary. For reference, the Australian release is available at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia’s pressroom.