2019 Toyota Land Cruiser hits US market

‘Class, confidence, and capability’
by Drei Laurel | Oct 31, 2018
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The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser has been revealed in the US, and just in time for the iconic nameplate’s 60th anniversary in the market, too.

Offering the same package of interior refinement, utility, and off-road ability, the new Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine capable of 381hp and 544Nm of torque. Shifting duties are handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Toyota’s premium SUV wears 18-inch aluminum wheels with mud-and-snow tires. It’s equipped with a 4WD system featuring a limited-slip locking center differential, and active traction control that manages the vehicle’s brakes and throttle to prevent wheelspin. Other off-road goodies include crawl control and a Mogul setting for tackling ridiculously uneven terrain. Towing capacity is pegged at 3,675kg.

Inside, expect the usual: plush leather materials available in either black or brown, premium components in areas like the instrument cluster and the center console, some luxurious wood trim, and tons of convenience and comfort features. There’s a four-zone climate control system with a seven-level blower and 28 vents, screens for rear passengers, and a 14-speaker sound system courtesy of JBL, just to name a few.

Finally, to prevent things from getting too rough, the Land Cruiser turns to its Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features. This includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert, a sway warning system, and dynamic radar cruise control.

Frankly, this SUV is so nice, we’d think twice about getting it dirty.

We’re joking, of course. The more mud and muck plastered on its exterior, the better.

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