2016 Toyota LAND CRUISER Sports Fresh Design and Big Tech Upgrades

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Toyota’s loveable Land Cruiser is fresh for 2016 with a variety of cool updates to the style, performance and luxury inside!

The Land Cruiser is all new from the A-pillars forward, with a much larger and truckier grille than the current model. The two-piece intake element now includes thick chrome bars extending into the headlamps. It is clearly a much more butch appearance all around, thanks to that grille and the new domed hood. The upper hood now wears a deep rounded edge between the engine cover and the fenders. A dip in the middle of the hood flows back from the extra Big T badge.

New quad projector beams look chic and functional in the top of the lamps. Down below the chrome grille bar, new LED DRLs glow white in their own lamp area. It is certainly unique and striking, if a bit hard to assess from the adventure photos released so far.

Around back, more fresh details and some light-pipe LED brake lamps are also classy, befitting the Toyota brand flagship above even the larger Sequoia.

The Land Cruiser also debuts the first-ever eight-speed automatic in a Toyota (versus a Lexus..). This is big news for improving the launch urgency and fuel economy of the standard 5.7-liter, 381-horsepower V8.

No hard stats on pace are yet available, but the Land Cruiser will have to work miracles to become as quick as the 6.2-second Escalade eight-speed automatic. We estimate a half-second off the Land Cruiser’s previous 7.3-second sprint to 60-mph. A one or two MPG upgrade for is also in the mix thanks to the two extra gears.

Inside, new leather colors, the latest Entune and MID cluster displays, and a host of active safety features are now included. Adaptive cruise, city braking and even auto highbeams join all suite of parking aids and 360 cameras. A new steering wheel and center console/stack integrate all the new tech smoothly — including a new wireless Qi charging station will juice up any phone equipped with their slim iPhone or Android cases, while extra USB power ports also handle the task for all seats.

The back seat now ups the comfort and tech to Lexus levels via a standard dual entertainment system. 10 inches for each screen! It looks really comfy in that second row in the new Terra semi-aniline leather — and will ride extra smooth thanks to the 18-inch alloys on the Land Cruiser versus the 20’s and 21’s of its LX570 sibling.


2016 Toyota LAND CRUISER

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser: A Luxurious Bridge Between Civilization and Adventure

  • New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Toyota Safety Sense-P with Pre-Collision System, Frontal Collision Avoidance and Pedestrian Protection
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Entune® 2.5 Multimedia with Siri® Eyes Free Mode and 9-inch Display
  • Standard Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Dual 10-inch Screens
  • Qi Wireless Phone Charging
August 18, 2015
How do you improve ultimate? The Toyota Land Cruiser has long been the brand’s ultimate-capability, ultimate-luxury SUV, and for 2016 Toyota is ratcheting up the meaning of that term. New exterior and interior design features are the obvious changes made to the 2016 Land Cruiser, while new safety technology, a major drivetrain upgrade and enhanced multimedia features make this makeover far more than metal-skin deep.Toyota has continually sold Land Cruiser models in the United States since 1957. Over the decades, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a utilitarian go-anywhere vehicle to one of the most luxurious full-capability SUVs on the market. Land Cruiser customers are among the most loyal in the auto industry; they seek ultimate capability and luxury, though packaged with renowned Toyota value and understated character.
The Land Cruiser body is new from the A-pillar forward. It’s a whole new look for this iconic vehicle, with the bumper, grille, projector-beam LED low and high beam headlights, headlight cleaners and integrated Land Cruiser logo, all contributing to the new design signature. The hood’s distinctive power bulges convey the potential of the 381-horsepower V8 that lies beneath. Teamed to that power plant for 2016 is the Toyota brand’s first 8-speed automatic transmission, which helps enhance acceleration.
The Land Cruiser shows a new signature from behind, as well, thanks to new taillights with light-tube design and LED brake lights, a new full-width chrome molding and a new bumper.
A chrome body side molding embossed with the Land Cruiser logo and new-design 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the Land Cruiser’s muscular profile.Once again, the Toyota Land Cruiser comes in one version: fully equipped and with seating for eight. There are no factory options, and really, none are needed. For 2016, new semi-aniline perforated leather is available in the customer’s choice of black or new Terra (brown). The black interior and Terra interiors are accented by Deep Wood trim. The high-quality materials complement a center console redesign that shows a more cohesive appearance and more intuitive controls.The Land Cruiser’s Entune head unit is upgraded, adding Siri® Eyes Free mode and other performance enhancements. When paired with an iPhone, the driver simply pushes a steering wheel button and then speaks requests to Siri. And, new Qi wireless phone charging (for compatible devices) means one less cable to carry.The luxurious new steering wheel, is heated as before, and also integrates switches for the multi-information display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and new Toyota Safety Sense-P system.

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