An amateur spy shot seemingly taken in a warehouse has given us the best look yet at the updated Toyota Land Cruiser.
Up front, the eight-year old Cruiser gets a bold new design characterized by an oversized grille with horizontal slats that stretch far into a pair of redesigned headlights. The updates go beyond the simple mid-cycle refresh, and the brochure indicates the the hood, the bumper and the front fenders are all new.
Out back, the Land Cruiser gets revised LED tail lamps and a new bumper. Of course, new alloy wheel designs, additional paint colors and the latest generation of Toyota’s touch screen-based infotainment system round out the updates.
An earlier leak reveals buyers will be able to order the Cruiser with a less rugged-looking front fascia that features a deeper bumper with a thin strip of chrome trim. The less aggressive front end was primarily designed for high-volume markets such as the Middle East, and it will most likely not be offered in the United States.
Rumors indicate Toyota will offer the Land Cruiser with its new 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine in select markets. Launched in the eighth-gen Hilux, the oil-burner makes 174 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 331 lb-ft. of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Hilux buyers can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic unit, but those in the market for a Land Cruiser will only be given the latter option.
So far, whether the U.S.-spec Land Cruiser will retain its massive 5.7-liter V8 is up the air.
When the next Toyota Land Cruiser will arrive is also an open question. Some sources claim that it will go on sale as a 2017 model, while others say it will land here just in time to get a 2016 label. Regardless, a full reveal is scheduled to take place at a major auto show in the next few months.