Toyota offers glimpse of 2012 Land Cruiser before January 6 launch

Article by Anita Panait, on December 28, 2011

Toyota has released the first official images of its 2012 Land Cruiser Facelift, which now sports a new style since its 2007 launch. The restyled 2012 Land Cruiser features a slightly altered front bumper, slightly revised front grille, headlights with integrated LED daylights, and somewhat thinner tail lamps.The vehicle is coupled with a 4.6-litre V8 engine yielding 318 horsepower, 460-Nm peak torque and a six-speed sequential transmission.

The 2012 Land Cruiser is equipped with a multi-terrain monitor that that gives the driver a 360-degree view of the surrounding on a dash-mounted screen. The Land Cruiser also has a multi-terrain select system which modifies traction control and brake settings for different terrains -- rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock and mud & sand.

Toyota also equipped the 2012 Land Cruiser with a turn-assist function that cuts the turning angle at very low speeds. Toyota will launch the Land Cruiser on January 6, 2012, in Japan for a starting price of JPY4.4 million. The 2012 Land Cruiser will see its European launch at the upcoming 2012 European Motor Show in Brussels, Belgium, slated on January 12-22.

It has been 60 years since the Toyota Land Cruiser was first launched in Japan and over 50 years since it became a part of Toyota's model lineup in the United States. It is now being sold in 188 countries as an upscale eight-passenger sport utility vehicle that has managed to gain loyal followers with its off-road and go-anywhere capability.

The well-entrenched and now iconic Toyota Land Cruiser is once again ready to prove its worth for the 2013 model year with an array of exterior and interior styling improvements. It is as well as specified with several standard elements and features that could help further the vehicle’s driving performance features, safety and convenience.

Previously available as options but now offered as standard equipment are the color-keyed rear spoiler, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and rain-sensing windshield wipers as well as center-console cooler box, leather-trimmed steering wheel and headlamp cleaners.

Also previously available as options but now fitted as standard are elements like the multi-information display, leather-trimmed shift lever, heated second row seats and voice and Bluetooth hands-free controls, as well as Toyota's Premium Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Navigation with Entune multi-media system and JBL audio. Exterior improvements for the new 2013 Land Cruiser include an updated front grille that is flanked by new headlamps with HID low-beams.

The new headlamps and grille help keep the vehicle’s steady yet confident looks, with the hood flowing elegantly into the grille and beltlines. The new Land Cruiser now features LED Daytime Running Lights, redesigned outer side mirrors and tail lamps and chrome side molding. With its enlarged front and rear fenders, the new Land Cruiser now comes with an "Advanced and Rugged" theme.

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