Few other vehicles from the stable of iconic Japanese carmaker Toyota have enjoyed a success run like the Land Cruiser! In production since 1951, the Toyota Land Cruiser was known earlier more for its off-road prowess, but with time, it has become a capable beast on wheels to take on competition on urban roads and streets! It has been made as a station wagon, convertible and SUV versions over the years. The SUV has become more luxurious with time to take on rivals and meet changing demand of customers. What has stood by is the legendary longevity and reliability of the vehicle? Except a few markets including Canada, the Land Cruiser is sold in every other market. The 2017 version brings along a number of changes.
2017 Toyota Land Cruiser – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
The design changes notwithstanding, you cannot help noticing the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser on the road. It looks bigger than just any luxury SUV you may have seen maybe with the exception of its sibling Sequoia. The big, bold grille of the Land Cruiser is attention grabbing as is the new strip of LED lights. It may not be as much luxurious like Lexus LX 570 or Land Rover lineup, but the styling is enticing nevertheless. The revised lower bumper gets chrome trim. There are small fog lights as well. The revised rear bumper looks nice with LED tail lamps. Other notable changes in the 2017 version include alloy wheel design and door handles. There will be daytime running light and headlamps are automatic in nature.
The cabin of the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser is not as plush as that of the sibling LX 570 but it is not mundane either. It looks upright, chunky. The navigation screen is there as are the climate and audio controls. There are options for higher trim levels. The 4-zone climate control system and advanced air filters ensure the passengers remain in sheer comfort at all times. The back of front seats is equipped with 11.9-inch LED screens. There are wireless Bluetooth connectivity and dock for iPod. The seats are large and legroom is decent for all rows. The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser can seat up to 8 passengers and the second row of seats are foldable and reclining in nature. Compared to the predecessor, cabin space has been increased in this model. Even the cargo space is quite generous. The third row of seats is actually good for kids and they do occupy some cargo space when folded. The Toyota does not skimp on safety technology and infotainment features and the 2017 Land Cruiser scores on both grounds. You get safety features like hill descent control, Off-Road Turn Assist system, seat belts and 10 air bags. There are other notable safety features like active head restraints for the front seats, stability control, automatic collision notification, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring system. A rear view camera and adaptive cruise control sweeten the deal. Infotainment features include 14-speaker JBL sound system, 9-inch touch screen, Toyota’s Entune system, Qi wireless device charging and voice controls.
2017 Toyota Land Cruiser – Modification under the Hood
In some markets, the customers can get the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser fitted with a mighty four-cylinder 2.8-liters turbo diesel engine. It generates 174 hp. However, in the USA, it is being offered with a 5.7-liters V8 engine which produces 381 hp. It is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission system. The Land Cruiser has always been a fuel guzzler sort of vehicle and the 2017 model is also not high on mileage. Rumors of a hybrid engine are also doing the rounds. The Toyota Land Cruiser 2017 comes loaded with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System of Toyota for improved terrain handling. It helps reduce body roll to an extent. While the ride is not very smooth, the cabin of the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser is more or less insulated from road and engine noise.
2017 Toyota Land Cruiser – Price and Expected Release Date
The 2017 Land Cruiser will hit the showrooms in early 2017 or late 2016, as per the news sources. The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser has never been cheap and the new model is not going to be one either. The base model may be priced around the $70000 mark though the final price is yet to be announced. Overall, you will be hard pressed to find faults with the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser. It retains its truck origins in the heavy and robust body while not skimping on safety and entertainment features. It tackles nearly any terrain and the engine is a capable performer. The only area where it lags is fueled economy but it was never its strong point either! In mileage, rivals like Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC, and Chevrolet Tahoe score better. However, you need to keep in mind none of them can match the Off-road prowess of this SUV. If Toyota keeps the pricing right, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser can again crush the competition with aplomb.