The new 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is the toughest and most reliable off-road juggernaut. Period. It further enhances this reputation with features such as a higher quality interior, modern and robust exterior, and enhanced user-friendliness. These skills and more have made it become a force to reckon with and a best seller in more than ten European countries.
For 2018, the new Toyota Land Cruiser returns with even more sophistication. To start with, the interior has been revamped. The material quality and overall layout and design is better than before. Technologies are up to date. The dashboard is ergonomically optimized. And the on-board comfort has been taken a notch higher.
Speaking of comfort, the new 2018 Land Cruiser comes equipped with reverse tilting doors, heater washer nozzles, a new smart key design, heated windscreen, a rear seat heating, and a front ventilation system. The infotainment is provided via an eight-inch Toyota Touch2 with Go multimedia system.
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Since off-roading stacks up high in its abilities’ score sheet, it was only prudent for the Japanese manufacturer to refresh it a bit more. As such, the new model comes equipped with features such as a highly durable body-on-frame construction. The construction is also segment unique and deformation-resistant. What’s more, unskilled drivers will also find the Land Cruiser’s all-terrain support systems to be the most technically advanced.
Open, locking, or a new Torsen Limited Slip Differential are the three options that Land Cruiser’s drivers have for off-roading. Besides the improved off-roading abilities, the vehicle also boasts of being among the safest vehicles in the market.
To this end, the vehicle comes equipped with features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beam, and Lane Departure Alert system.
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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Interior Redesign & Changes
The car’s interior styling is utterly bespoke. Key among the raft of new changes for 2018 include a new dashboard styling. Unlike before, the dashboard design features a new design for the driver’s center console and instrument binnacle. Moreover, it makes the new Land Cruiser appear more premium thanks to the refined finish in most surfaces.
The Land Cruiser 2018 also gets a sleeker appearance, better exterior visibility, and easier ingress and egress than before. In addition, three color choices are offered. These are – Black, Brown/Black and Premium Beige.
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For connectivity, entertainment and convenience, the latest Land Cruiser comes with features such as a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, a CD/MP3 player, an AM/FM/DAB radio, an SMS on-screen send/receive function, and a Mirrorlink mobile phone compatibility. Convenience features are offered by the Toyota Touch2 with Go system. Features accessible include weather updates, Aha and Twitter, Google Street View, Google Search, fuel price information, mobile speed camera notification, and TomTom real-time traffic information.
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On the newest Land Cruiser 2018, the system features Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pedestrian Detection, and Pre-Collision System. Further driver support and safety enhancing systems include an upgraded Tire Pressure Warning System and a Blind Spot Monitor with rear cross traffic alert.
Exterior 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser
The vehicle’s exterior is notoriously modern and robust. This isn’t a surprise as its predecessors have always had stylish aesthetics. The refreshed design makes it instantly recognizable as a Land Cruiser. It infuses the same Land Cruiser’s classic design DNA with mature yet modern cues resulting in a more agile and dynamic looking four-wheel drive machine.
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser dimensions are as follows: length - 194.9 inches, height – 74.0 inches, and width – 78.0 inches. The wheelbase is 112.2 inches. Although the rest of the dimensions have remained unchanged, the length dimension has increased by a whopping 60mm. What this therefore means is exceptional space for all occupants, including better backseat space for back-row passengers. Furthermore, the turning circle has improved thereby bettering the car’s maneuverability.
Among the raft of changes that’ve made it to the exterior spec sheet include a newly design bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps, fenders, and front bumper. The front bumper has been raised giving the vehicle not only a dynamic posture but also a more athletic stance.
The grille is finished in chrome and features broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings. The grille openings are also as large as possible in order to maximize on the performance of the engine cooling. And in order to offer protection to the engine bay, the hood has been shaped to enhance downward visibility at the center.
Unlike most vehicles, the Land Cruiser’s performance isn’t measured by how quickly it’ll get down a drag strip but in terms of boulder-scaling ability. That said, the Land Cruiser 2018 comes equipped with a tried-and-true 5.7L V8 engine good for 381 hp and 401 lbs. ft. of torque.
While we give it extra points for its buttery smooth ride and off-road tenacity, we find its handling to be underwhelming. The power is sent to all the wheels via a two-speed transfer case and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The car is offered with a choice of five drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. When any of the modes is engaged, the system automatically controls the dynamic abilities of the car for optimum performance. This is achieved through optimizing suspension, handling, and steering.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Release Date & Price
Once this machine goes for sale, buyers should expect to pay an MSRP starting from $83,665. The vehicle is expected to go for sale sometime this fall (2017) as a 2018 year model.
Be that as it may, the new 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser isn’t without faults. Some of the downsides include a ponderous steering, mediocre fuel economy, and a hefty price tag. Thankfully, its strengths outweigh its weaknesses by a healthy margin. 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser’s alternatives include its mechanical identical Lexus LX 570, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, and the Land Rover LR4.