The Toyota Land Cruiser has always been a legendary moniker, that has made itself a niche segment by offering enticing luxurious creature comforts along with the ability to take it to untouched territories. The manufacturer claims that the Land Cruiser is engineered, designed, and manufactured to give its customers a feeling of driving a luxury hotel through a swamp. But after the Land Cruiser started getting popular amongst its expanding consumer base, various other manufacturers joined the segment to have a share of the growing pie. In order to keep this increasing competition at bay, Toyota has unveiled the all-new 2016 Land Cruiser, which is now more powerful, packed more luxuriously, and designed to portray its potency from every angle.
Engine has always occupied the top spot in Land Cruiser's USP list. And with the 2016 avatar, it is no different. Powered by a 4.5-litre V8 engine, the Land Cruiser can exhale a maximum power of 232 hp and a peak torque of 616 Nm. This power mill is mated to a 6-speed A/T gearbox, that also features a triptonic mode for taking the engine to the red line before shifting up a gear. While this setup is potent enough to tackle off-road conditions, the fact that higher gears have taller ratios makes it an able cruiser too.
One look at the 2016 Land Cruiser is enough to attract eyeballs. The first thing that comes to mind when looking at this Toyota beast is the sheer size of it. With dimensions scaling at 4950 mm x 1970 mm x 1905 mm (L x W x H), the Land Cruiser is indeed one of the biggest off-road SUVs from Toyota's portfolio. The front face features a wide three-slat grille with the Toyota insignia embedded in the centre. This grille is surrounded by sleek headlight assemblies at both ends, which feature projector units. The side profile bluntly showcases a long wheelbase and overhangs, massive 18-inch alloy wheels, and a relatively plain door layout. The real profile has been designed to keep it more practical. As a result, the boot gets a flat surface, in order to enhance space in the third row. A subtle chrome strip runs across the width of the boot and joins the simple-looking taillights.
Sit inside the Land Cruiser 2016, and you are absorbed in the plushness of the cabin's ambiance. The four-spoke leather wrapped steering is a joy to hold, and gets all necessary buttons integrated on the above two spokes. These buttons help in controlling the ICE system, phone calling, cruise control, and various other features. The dashboard is laid out in a dual tone theme, with tasteful faux wood inserts. The massive 8-inch dispay at the centre console has been integrated seamlessly with the central air vents, and handle all in car entertainment needs efficiently. Automatic climate control has been programmed to keep occupants at comfort, irrespective of the weather condition outside.
In addition to the presence of usual safety equipment like airbags and ABS, the Land Cruiser 2016 also gets advanced tech features that enhance the driver comfort and convenience. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) make driving this massive SUV an easy affair. An engine immobilizer ensures that the Land Cruiser can not be started without its key.
Though priced at an exorbitant tag, the Land Cruiser 2016 has been equipped with ample safety and technological features, that justify its price tag.