Toyota has discontinued the Land Cruiser from sales in India, post the implementation of BS6
Toyota Land Cruiser is arguably one of the most reputed global product from Toyota’s stable. Current generation version has been on sale for more than a decade. However, the Japanese automaker has been giving out regular updates to the SUV, as per market requirements.
Some time back, patent images of yet another Land Cruiser update were leaked. Now, the same has been spied in flesh. The cars caught on camera are most likely part of a batch which is scheduled for shipment to one of the Gulf nations. The photos reveal some updates which the 2021 model will be bringing in.
On the outside, the front is dominated by a large upright grille which comes with a heavy dosage of chrome. The bumper gets a wide air inlet and fog lamp housing on the sides. A sunroof is also visible, however it isn’t a panoramic unit. Alloy wheel design has also been updated, as is the case with most face-lifts.
On the inside, expect that there will be addition of new features like a modern touchscreen infotainment unit, digital cluster, updated Toyota Safety Sense pack, driver assistance systems, wireless charging and other upmarket creature comfort features. Safety features like Terrain Response System, Crawl Control, Hill Hold, Hill Descent Control, Traction control, Vehicle stability control etc. are expected to continue in the updated model as well.
The current 4.5 litre D-4D V8 engine is expected to be replaced by new 6 cylinder turbocharged & hybrid units. Power output will mostly be in the 400-450 hp range. This facelift could also get a ‘Final Edition’ tag, paying homage to the current generation Land Cruiser.
The next generation model, scheduled for a launch in the coming years, will most probably have a 3.5 litre V6 hybrid motor which would be able to dish out 295hp & 356 Nm of max torque. The model will be based upon a body-on-frame iteration of the TNGA architecture, which Toyota uses for models sold across the globe.
The new platform will be lighter than the current one and will have better off-roading capability. Transmission duties will be done by a CVT unit which will be mated to an all time four wheel drive system. Exterior updates will include new trapezoidal grilles and an updated silhouette, in line with latest design of new generation Toyota models.
Toyota Land Cruiser was on sale in India, and was one of the most expensive SUVs in the country. But post the implementation of BS6 norms, the SUV was discontinued. The facelifted Land Cruiser is expected to be launched in India by Diwali 2020.