The reworked design preserves the model’s distinctive identity, while the interior changes raise quality, convenience and ease of use. Detailed adjustments to the suspensions systems – both the standard set-up and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) featured on higher grade models – deliver even better stability and ride comfort.
The new front-end treatment is the stand-out feature of the 2014 Land Cruiser’s refreshed design. Toyota has introduced a more prominent grille that marks an evolution of the traditional arrangement of five parallel vertical bars, giving them a stronger appearance and sinking them into the upper edge of the new, deeper front bumper. According to model grade, the bars have a metallic or silver finish.
The new headlamp clusters and daytime running lights now form a single unit with the grille and the entire structure is set higher, making it less vulnerable to damage when driving off-road. The lamp units incorporate the high and low beam lights, turn indicators and DRLs; halogen or LED headlights and DRLs will be offered, according to grade. In a neat touch, the units feature discreet Land Cruiser branding and a contrasting black and powder-coated aluminium internal finish.
The over-size bumper has a two-step design that further protects the headlights above. In spite of adding 20mm to the front overhang, its sharply cut-away bottom edge means there is no change to the vehicle’s turning circle (5.2m for the three-door, 5.8m for the five-door) or its approach angle when driving off-road.
The wheelbase and rear overhang are unchanged, with overall vehicle lengths increased to 4,335mm (three-door) and 4,780mm (five-door).
At the rear the lamp clusters have been redesigned with clear lens blocks and red accents and the licence plate surround has been rendered more prominent. New 17 and 18-inch wheel designs have been introduced and the range of exterior colours will include a number of new mica finishes.
The new 2014 Land Cruiser’s cabin gains new trims and detailing that raise the overall tactile and perceived quality. The dashboard has been redesigned with a focus on making the vehicle’s drive systems easier to access and monitor.
The centre console gains a new switch panel that brings together the controls for the on and off-road driving technologies. These include a new selector dial for the five-mode Multi-Terrain Select and five-step Crawl Control, flanked by switches for the all-wheel drive and Adaptive Variable Suspension.
Making the systems easier to use doesn’t end there: the new 2014 Land Cruiser also gains a 4.2-inch TFT colour screen, set between the main meters in the driver’s instrument binnacle. The choice of function has been extended to include an angle gauge, traction control operation on each wheel and the status of the differential locks. The driver can select the screen functions using a control on the steering wheel, with additional new options including tyre pressure warning, headlamp levelling, traction control “off” confirmation and Blind Spot Monitor alerts.
The Optitron speedometer and tachometer have a new look, with thinner needles and blue illumination, and centre console has a new brushed metal finish for the upper audio control panel, above the central seven-inch colour display. Piano black and wood grain finishes have been introduced around the dashboard, door panels, centre console, steering wheel and gear lever, and an aluminium detail has been added to the meter rings, air conditioning dials, air vent surrounds, audio panel and steering wheel.
In the five-door Land Cruiser, access to the third row seats has made been made easier by increasing the folding angle of the second row seats from 33.8 to 46 degrees. Seat upholstery has also been upgraded with double stitching for cloth and contrast colour stitching for leather.
The 2014 Land Cruiser will be introduced in the UK early next year; full details and specifications of the model range will be announced nearer the on-sale date.