Toyota Launches Iconic Land Cruiser 2016 Model
Since it debuted in the US in 1957, the Toyota Land Cruiser has undergone many changes, evolving from a robust all-terrain vehicle to the most luxurious Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in the Toyota range, without compromising its off-road capabilities.
The “most capable and most luxurious” SUV from the world’s biggest manufacturer is entitled to a few new improvements developed especially for model year 2016. Among the improvements to the Toyota Land Cruiser 2016, include a revamped look and significant updates of the powertrain.
New Trim And Finishing
Up front, the SUV has been given a new metal sheet in addition to receiving a new bumper, a redesigned grille, LED headlamps headlights to high beam and low beam headlight washers and integrated Land Cruiser logo. The bonnet also has a distinctive central bending. The new rocker moldings with chrome finish show the Land Cruiser logo and new 18-inch alloy wheels provide the finishing touch to the vehicle profile. At the rear, the revamped SUV is equipped with new taillights to the tubular design, LED brake lights, a chrome molding that extends across the width of the tailgate and a new bumper.
Inside, the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser can seat eight passengers and offers perforated semi-aniline leather seats available in black or Terra (brown) and accented with wood trim. Toyota says the redesigned console imparts a “more harmonious appearance and has more intuitive controls” than the previous model. The new SUV comes in one version equipped with everything; only the colors of the body and the passenger can be changed.
Electronics And Gadgetry
We also note that Toyota Entune car radio now has a Siri Eyes Free mode. The driver therefore only has to press a button on the steering wheel to talk to Siri. The Land Cruiser is also equipped with a new charger for cordless phone that works with Qi compatible devices. Heated steering wheel, which is the new standard, is now equipped with controls for multi-information screen, dynamic radar cruise control with Sense and Safety P system developed by Toyota especially for the high end vehicles.
Safety And Driver-Assist Technology
The new system combines the driving assistance technologies as a pre-crash system, a system designed to reduce collisions, unintentional departure warning lane, automatic high beams and a dynamic cruise control with radar. In addition to the active safety technologies already mentioned, there are also a surveillance blind spot, cross traffic alert at the back and a rearview camera. Anti-lock brakes and Emergency Brake Assist also include security features and the vehicle is also equipped with 10 airbags and active headrests.
Engine, Fuel Economy And Mechanics
While the 5.7-liter V8 DOHC 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque remains the highlights of the outgoing model, it was replaced by a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The manufacturer says that the extensive range of speeds improves both acceleration than fuel economy. The new transmission is also provided with a manual control. According to the ratings of the EPA fuel economy is 18.1 L / 100 km city, 13.1 L / 100 km highway and 15.7 L / 100 km combined. With a winch for trailer towing (oil cooler motor control connector and trailer brake wiring harness), the Land Cruiser can tow a load of up to 3 856 kg. It also features the Trailer Sway Control technology that works with the stability control system to reduce the trailer sway
Chassis And Frame
High strength steel has been used for front, back, supports and the middle rocker panels of bodywork mounted on the frame of the SUV. The suspension is equipped with a kinetic dynamic suspension system with hydraulic power assistance, which controls resistance to tilting stabilizer bars to reduce the pitching of the body, both on the road and on trails. The Land Cruiser offers an angle of 30 degree approach and 20 degree departure angle. Under the chassis, skid plates protect the power train during off-road trips.
Transmission, Traction And Gears
The constant mesh with four-wheel drive system operates with a lockable interaxle differential limited slip which distributes torque in a 40:60 ratio between the front wheels and the rear wheels under normal driving conditions and can also, if necessary, transfer power to the wheels that have the most grip.
The Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) skating control uses both the brake and the accelerator. A transfer box with two ratios and low range works with the Multi-Terrain system which can be adjusted to adapt to different types of terrain. The Multi-Terrain Monitor displays a view of almost 360 degrees around the vehicle. The Land Cruiser may, in addition, replay five seconds of video showing the projected path of the undercarriage before.
When the gearbox is set in the low range, the slow speed controller controls the power and the engine speed and the braking power in order to regulate the speed of the vehicle over varying terrain. Other off-road driving systems aids include the Downhill Assist, assistance hill start driving and steering assistance system off-road. This vehicle runs on 18 by 8 inch alloy wheels, shod for the mud and snow of size P285 / 60R18. It is also equipped with a full-size spare tire which is also connected to the tire pressure monitoring system.
Luxury features offered as standard in the Land Cruiser include: heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated seats folding in a 40/20/20 proportion, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with memory, key less Smart Key System with push button start, security system with anti starter, electrically operated sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors and door opener and Home Link universal garage. Also included is a heating control and cooling system with four zones which ensures ventilation through 28 vents. A microfiltration system to dust, pollen and also purifies cabin air.
Sound, Navigation And Entertainment
The high-end audio JBL Synthesis system, with the Entune system is equipped with an integrated navigation system, a nine-inch touchscreen and fourteen speakers, including a subwoofer. Audio features include an AM / FM radio, a CD player that can play MP3 and WMA files, a SiriusXM radio, HD radio with iTunes tagging function, USB function with connectivity and control for iPod, Bluetooth connectivity for audio and phone systems, and an advanced voice recognition system. Following Toyota’s Entune applications are included in the on-board computer: Destination Search, Facebook Places, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Slacker Radio and Yelp. The Land Cruiser is also equipped with a system with a DVD player for rear passengers. This system includes 11.6-inch monitors, a single RCA jack and HDMI ports.
With the improvements made for the 2016 model year, the new Toyota Land Cruiser now presents a more attractive look and offers more connectivity technologies without sacrificing its off-road capabilities.