The update for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser was mad public today. The photos of the model were released and they feature a vehicle which will be refreshed for yet another model year. The Land Cruiser brand is one of Toyota’s longest running models and has made it through year in and year out with steady updates and by providing a needed offer for the fans.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is best known for introducing the Casual Ride design for the interior which started in 1998. Ever since this type of an update was made for the car the sales have been growing and the model has been steadily building its fan base. The improvements that came along over the course of time were mainly aesthetic as the car has slowly improved with every new update.
The plan with the 2018 model for the Land Cruiser is to freshen things up a bit and further expand their Casual Ride design. Being that the designers are heavily relying on this concept, they plan to push it through and to further continue the brand’s popularity by enhancing the looks of it. The comfort is not the only thing which has been shaken up a bit, because they also see to it that the exterior design cues are made a bit prettier.
The release date is coming soon and we have made it our duty to present to you the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser in our review well before the car actually hits the pavement.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Coming?
The earliest that we can expect to see the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is by the start of 2018. The model will get its wide acclaim upon the first showcasing which is scheduled some time in the coming year. The model will probably start sales after the release date is finalized and although the pictures show a near ready production version of the car, it will still take a bit more time to develop and finalize.
We are under the impression that the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is supposed to change the pricing a little bit. The expectations say that the model will increase the price and could cost more than the current base MSRP price of 83,825 dollars. That said, we do not expect it to go too much over 84.000 dollars for its base version of the car.
Exterior Changes and Updates
The exterior look of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser will not drastically change. It is a model with a well-established design and looks which are familiar to the fans of the car. Even the people who do not know much about the car will easily spot it on the road. The model is very big and beefy and now adds some expanded features to it which help it look more massive than it actually is. The only model bigger than this one is probably the Sequoia, but the Land Cruiser looks as ready and capable as any car out there.
The newest 2018 version has mainly been updated with the latest industry trends that every car is expected to have. These of course include the LED lighting and also it adds a bigger and bolder grille which shapes up its features. The model exemplifies a look of confidence and the ability to surpass any kind of off-road obstacle set in front of it. It is not as luxurious as some other models from the segment are but it does not have to be because it is not its initial purpose.
There are some good things and some bad things about the interior of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruisers. Despite the fact that this is an updated version we were expecting to get more out of the car and its new type of design. The model will transfer the elements from the current lineup of Toyota vehicles and it will retain the upright and chunky styling of the said cars. But the material that are used are not going to be as luxurious as one thought they would be.
With the absence of some expected convenience features and materials, the model did manage to add some new technological equipment which would do well for the vehicle. These are going to include a navigation screen placed on the top of the dash, with the climate, audio and off-road controls placed just below it. The larger trims might offer some more in terms of technology but it remains to be seen how far they are willing to take it.
What is the Powertrain Capability of the Car?
The drivetrain is going to remain the same for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser. The model will still be using the same 5.7-liter V-8 engine which is not a good choice if you are aiming at a family friendly car, but manages to provide good specs for a brawny off-road capable car. This is just the thing that the car is able to provide for its initial buyers and the performance of 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque sets the tone for that. The drivetrain will combine with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and will be capable of towing 8,100 pounds.
0-60 mph Capability and Top Speed
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser uses a heavy body-on-frame construction, which amounts to 6,000 pounds. The car is pretty heavy so it shortens the time for it to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The numbers stay just around 7 seconds to attain it, with a top speed of 102 mph.
Fuel Economy Predictions
It may be still hard to tell what the fuel economy for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser might be. But based on the fact that the model uses the same kind of powertrain we can safely say that the specs are not going to improve greatly. Because this is a very large and a very heavy vehicle, the car is capable of only making 13 mpg city, 18 highway, 15 combined. Given its weight and size the numbers are not going to improve beyond that any time soon.
Dimensions and Size
The size of the car is pretty much the same so all of the given dimension are also the same for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser. We did not expect the car to get any bigger than it actually is right now and that might mean taking things a little bit too far. But the model is still 194.9 inches long and has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. The height is 74.0 inches and the width of the car is 77.95 inches, with a weight of around 6.000 pounds.
As with the car that came before the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, so will the future model include a number of active and passive safety features. It will carry over the 10 standard air bags, ABS, EBD, active head restraints, Brake Assist, and Toyota’s cellular Safety Connect system. This time they will add some features which prevent the drivers getting into accidents and help obtain a better driving capability for the car. The Toyota Safety Sense-P comes with a frontal collision avoidance system, and departure alert, frontal collision mitigation, auto high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. But we are not forgetting the backup camera and the rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitors as well.
In terms of size and off-road capability, there are not many cars that will match the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser model. But the car does not offer the level of luxury that one would expect to get from it. The model will thus have to set its goals straight and only compete in the segment where it may feel to have an upper hand on the rivals. The closest rivaling cars are the Cadillac Escalade and the Land Rover Range Rover model.
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