Guess Who's Back -- 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser Marks Return of an Iconic Name
Toyota's Land Cruiser is back after three years. And it will have a base price in the mid-$50,000s.
There will be just one powertrain -- an i-Force Max hybrid setup that pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with a 48-horsepower electric motor that's juiced by a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack. The electric motor will be integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. The stated total system power numbers are 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel-economy numbers will be announced at a later date.
A 12.3-inch infotainment screen will get the latest Toyota infotainment system, and a First Edition model that will be limited to 5,000 units will come with rounded LED headlamps that have a retro design, a roof rack, roof rails, two new two-tone paint schemes, special off-road features, and a different interior design.
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 -- the company's suite of advanced driver-aid systems -- will be standard across the board. The next Land Cruiser will use the TNGA-F platform. Toyota says that the ladder frame will offer more chassis rigidity than the outgoing model.
This new rig will be a tad smaller -- 4.4 inches narrower and 1.2 inches shorter -- than the outgoing model, with the idea that it will be a bit more nimble on the trails.
The Land Cruiser will be built in Japan, in both the Tahara and Hino plants, and it will go on sale in the U.S. in the spring of 2024.
A 1958 trim will also have retro headlights and a retro "Toyota" grille. Other trims will get slim, rectangular headlights. The body will be squared-off, the A-pillar will be pushed back for better versatility, and the front overhang is shortened for better off-road approaches.
The full-time four-wheel-drive system will have a center-locking differential and an available front stabilizer bar disconnect.
Toyota is promising an approach angle of 31.0 degrees and a max departure of 22 degrees, with a breakover angle of 25.0 inches. Ground clearance will be up to 8.7 inches.
Rock rails and skid plates are available, as are fog lamps and front tow hooks.
There will of course be all sorts of electronic trickery that can help drivers off-road, including a Crawl Control system that holds one of five steady speeds while the driver steers, drive modes for varied terrain, and a hill-descent control system.
Other available features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated and cooled seats, JBL audio, wi-fi hotspot, wireless device charging, dual USB-C ports, keyless entry and starting, power tailgate, digital key, head-up display, moonroof, 18-inch wheels, rear locking differential, heated steering wheel, leather seats, and digital rearview mirror.
Towing capacity is expected to be 6,000 pounds.
It appears three trims will be available -- 1958, Land Cruiser, and First Edition.
Safety Sense 3.0 will include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, radar cruise control, lane-tracing assist, road-sign assist, automatic high beams, and proactive driving assist. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and hill-start assist will be available.
It was never a secret that the Land Cruiser would return, and now it's official. Let us know what you think below.
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