2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Debuts New Look, Drivetrain

Aug 20, 2015

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser includes a number of new exterior and interior design features, as well as several new safety technology features, a major drivetrain upgrade and enhanced multimedia features, according to Toyota.

The 2016 Land Cruiser body is new from the A-pillar forward. It’s a whole new look, with the bumper, grille, projector-beam LED low and high beam headlights, headlight cleaners and integrated Land Cruiser logo, all contributing to the new design signature. The hood’s distinctive power bulges convey the potential of the 381-horsepower V8 that lies beneath. The vehicle also introduces Toyota’s first eight speed automatic transmission.

The Land Cruiser shows a new signature from behind thanks to new taillights with light-tube design and LED brake lights, a new full-width chrome molding and a new bumper. A chrome body side molding embossed with the Land Cruiser logo and new-design 18-inch alloy wheels accentuate the Land Cruiser’s muscular profile, according to Toyota.

New semi-aniline perforated leather is available in the customer’s choice of black or new Terra (brown). The black and Terra interiors are accented by Deep Wood trim. The high-quality materials complement a center console redesign that shows a more cohesive appearance and more intuitive controls, according to Toyota.

The 2016 Land Cruiser comes in one version: fully equipped and with seating for eight. There are no factory options.

The Land Cruiser’s Entune head unit is upgraded, adding Siri Eyes Free mode and other performance enhancements. When paired with an iPhone, the driver simply pushes a steering wheel button and then speaks requests to Siri. Also, Qi wireless phone charging for compatible devices means one less cable to carry.

The luxurious new steering wheel is heated and also integrates switches for the multi-information display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and new Toyota Safety Sense-P system, according to Toyota.

New Driver Assist Technologies

The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is the first in the model’s history equipped with technology designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions and, under certain circumstances, help protect pedestrians in a collision. The new Toyota Safety Sense-P system includes frontal collision avoidance, at speeds below 24 mph (including pedestrian protection); frontal collision mitigation (also for speeds below 24 mph); lane departure alert; auto high beams and dynamic radar cruise control.

In addition, the 2016 Land Cruiser can help the driver avoid hazards with the new Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. All the new driver-assist systems come standard. A backup camera is also standard, and also useful for hitching a trailer.

Engine ‘Power Plant’

The 381 horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine features Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and produces 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. Equally critical is that the engine produces 90-percent of peak torque at just 2,200 rpm, giving Land Cruiser a powerful response for any driving situation and making it especially useful for towing, according to Toyota.

For 2016, a new eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the six-speed unit, with the added ratios allowing a wider ratio spread to help enhance acceleration and fuel efficiency. When the going gets rough, the driver can select manual control for more powertrain control. EPA fuel efficiency is 13 mpg in the city, 18 mpg on the highway and 15 combined.

The standard trailer towing package equips the Land Cruiser to pull a trailer up to 8,500 pounds. The hardware needed for towing is all there, including an engine oil cooler, as well as a connector and sub-wiring harness that facilitate a trailer-brake controller. Trailer sway control uses the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) to help counteract trailer sway, helping to make towing a more relaxed proposition.