Toyota has upgraded its flagship LandCruiser 200 Series off-roader for the 2016 model year, with a big focus on improving visual safety.
The Japanese carmaker calls it the “all-seeing LandCruiser”, with the headline addition being a new panoramic camera system for the range-topping Sahara variant.
The cameras, four in total, will be standard fitment to the Sahara, and allow the driver to switch between views for easier off-roading, parking, and anything else where a bird’s eye view would be beneficial.
One camera faces forward with another looking toward the rear, while the remaining two cameras are placed one each on the side mirrors.
The forward-facing camera can be rotated to allow the horizon to be ‘level’ on the in-car display screen, which is handy for steep off-road manoeuvres.
Also, an 'under-floor view' displays images approximately three metres ahead of the Sahara for more precise wheel placement.
The updates to the 200 Series LandCruiser aren’t restricted to a camera system, however, as the exterior also gets a light going-over with an updated grille, new bumpers, new headlamps and revised LED tail lamps.
Two new paint finishes have been added to the list for a total of ten - Copper Brown and Onyx Blue.
Safety tech has been upgraded as well, with the LandCruiser scoring radar-guided cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and more, depending on the model.
The LandCruiser’s 4.6 litre petrol and 4.5 litre twin-turbo-diesel engines, both V8s, have been tweaked for improved fuel economy and now meet Euro 5 emissions requirements.
The diesel unit now uses 9.5 l/100km (down from 10.3 l/100km) on the official cycle, and power has been lifted 5kW to an even 200kW. Torque remains at 650Nm.
Petrol buyers have 227kW and 439Nm under their right foot as with the outgoing model, but fuel consumption has improved to 13.4 l/100km (down 0.2 l/100km).
The sole transmission option for all models is a six-speed automatic.
Inside, the 2016 LandCruiser gets new soft padding around centre console areas (excluding entry-level GX) to protect occupants’ legs.
The model range remains unchanged, kicking off with the workhorse GX which gets fabric interior trim, vinyl floor, vertically-hinged rear doors and a snorkel.
The GXL gains roof rails, self-levelling LED headlamps on low-beam, leather steering wheel and gear knob, while the VX scores additional side airbags, new Optitron instruments with a 4.2 inch colour display and a larger infotainment touchscreen at nine inches (verses eight-inch in the GXL).
Stepping up to the Sahara gets you the panoramic camera as mentioned, along with a wireless smartphone charger, power tailgate, heated and cooled front seats with screens mounted in the seats-backs for the revised rear-seat entertainment system.
Seating arrangements range from five through to seven or eight, depending on the model.
Prices have risen by between $1400 and $4900 for the 2016 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, with the cheapest being the GX at $76,500 plus on-road costs.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 200 SERIES
- GX Diesel - $76,500 (up $2900)
- GXL Petrol - $82,000 (up $1400)
- GXL Diesel - $87,000 (up $3400)
- VX Petrol -$92,500 ($1900)
- VX Diesel - $97,500 ($3900)
- Sahara Petrol - $113,500 ($2900)
- Sahara Diesel - $118,500 ($4900)
- Premium paint - $550
- Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (‘KDSS’, GXL diesel only) - $3,250
- Snorkel (GXL, VX and Sahara diesels only) - $500
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