Toyota Land Cruiser TRD and Ever-Better LC200 Show Two Sides of Luxury SUV
One Brings the Bling, the Other Takes The Punishment
Among the pantheon of SUVs, there is a small handful that have truly earned the status of “legendary.” Among them are the Jeep Wrangler and its CJ predecessors, the Range Rover, and the Toyota Land Cruiser. Also like many of the others, the present-day Toyota Land Cruiser is far from the spartan off-roader that its forebears were, with new models going for more than $80,000 and a level of luxury to match. To showcase the breadth of its flagship off-roader, Toyota brought two of them to the 2015 SEMA Show from opposite sides of the globe.
The first is a U.S.-spec 2016 Land Cruiser outfitted with the latest assortment of TRD accessories. Among the goodies are a 2-inch front suspension lift, remote-reservoir shocks, a TRD skidplate, tube steps, brush guard, air snorkel, and dual-tip cat-back exhaust. The plush SUV also features TRD 20x10-inch performance alloy wheels.
The right-hand-drive Aussie-spec LC 200 is Down Under’s version of Toyota’s luxury liner. However, this particular example had far from a pampered existence. As part of Toyota’s “Ever-Better Expedition,” this model is part of a global test drive initiative for engineers and product planners to determine how to make models “ever-better.” The model on display at SEMA still proudly wore a patina of 12,500 miles worth of outback mud and dirt, as it prepares to log 16,000 miles in North America, from Alaska to Death Valley to the mean streets of Manhattan.