Toyota Gives Land Cruiser a Facelift…For Japanese Market
Updated “Land Cruiser 200” Gets Active Safety, Cosmetic Refresh
Toyota is giving off-road enthusiasts in Japan a little treat in the form of its updated Land Cruiser 200. The large SUV, which is a twin to our market’s Land Cruiser, gets a slight facelift and an infusion of active safety features to keep the off-roader competitive in its segment.
Toyota Safety Sense P, the company’s suite of active safety features, comes standard on all grades of the Land Cruiser 200. It will include a pre-collision monitoring system with pedestrian detection, radar-based adaptive cruise control, lane departure monitoring, and automatic high-beam control. Millimeter-wave radar and various camera systems monitor the Land Cruiser’s surroundings and act appropriately, automatically braking to avoid collisions, keeping safe following distances when cruise control is activated, notifying the driver of a lane departure, and automatically operating the high-beam headlights to prevent dazzling other drivers.
Rear cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot monitoring assist in keeping the big SUV positioned properly. Additionally, the industry’s first under-floor camera system helps drivers monitor the positioning of individual tires, which will no doubt be a great help in off-road situations. A panoramic multi-terrain monitor also aids in tricky driving, helping the driver select the correct vehicle settings for the conditions.
Most of those updates are near invisible, but the updated exterior is obvious. New LED headlights blend in with a three-bar chrome grille, the bottom of which extends across the car’s breadth. The center section of the hood has been chiseled out, leaving the front end with a massive gorge splitting its face in half. It’s unique and kind of cool. Inside, new information displays, improved textures, and genuine semi-aniline leather update the Land Cruiser 200 with even more luxury. In Japan, the LC200 gets a 4.6L V-8, four-wheel drive, and a six-speed automatic.
Toyota says it will launch the updated Land Cruiser 200 in other markets throughout the world, but the only other locale officially confirmed for updated production is Australia. However, with recent updates to the Lexus LX (including a new eight-speed automatic), it wouldn’t surprise us if an updated Land Cruiser would make its way to our shores. The large, exclusive SUV sells at a glacial pace here, but with a few little updates, that could change somewhat.