2012 Toyota Land Cruiser Shows its Face Early in Japan; Ready to Come Stateside

By Trevor Dorchies | December 28, 2011
Ready or not Toyota here comes the 2012 Land Cruiser. The latest and larger variant broke cover in its homeland of Japan and we expect the global version to share very similar characteristics. While the U.S. version of the Land Cruiser 200—known simply as the Land Cruiser— has evolved into an expensive Land Rover competitor, the rest of the world views the Cruiser as a serious off-roader, and despite the plush amenities offered, it remains true to its wilderness roots. While Toyota hasn't come out and said when it plans to introduce the post-face lift Land Cruiser 200 we still expect it to begin appearing at dealerships sometime next year. Updated exterior styling cues on the 2012 Land Cruiser include an even boxier front bumper, a redesigned grille, new fog lights, and redesigned headlights with integrated LED strips. The side-view mirrors welcome integrated turn signals while the tail lamp graphics are different as well. The latest Land Cruiser receives newly designed alloy wheels that are available in 18- and 20-inch variants. Interior updates are minute as the graphics on the instrument panel have been tinkered with. The Thin Film Technology screen has also been improved upon and placed in between the two main gauges. New colors and trim materials are also available on the 2012 Land Cruiser. The Multi-Terrain Select system, which adjusts the traction control and ABS for different driving conditions, also received an update. It also alters the "Craw Control" which acts as a cruise control at low-speeds while traversing off-road terrain.
In Japan the 2012 Land Cruiser 200 is offered with standard four-wheel drive and a 4.6-liter V-8 responsible for 318 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque; in the U.S., the Land Cruiser currently uses the same 5.7-liter V-8 that's in the Tundra and Sequoia, and it's a good bet that'll continue. When converted from Yen to the U.S. dollar, pricing starts at around $56,000 for the GX model which holds five passengers. The flashy eight-passenger ZX model—closer to the U.S. spec version—starts at around $80,900. Two packages will also be offered through Toyota dubbed "Luxury SUV" and Urban Sports," both of which offer a variety of styling cues inside and out. Source: Car Scoop