2018 Toyota Land Cruiser – brutal and reliable

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The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is legendary; not only is it a great SUV, full of comfort and luxury, but it also has excellent off road capabilities, something that seems to be rare – it’s usually one or the other.

For 2018, Toyota will be giving the Land Cruiser some significant updates to keep it fresh and one of the best-selling SUV’s on the market.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Release date

Toyota haven’t released may details on the new 2018 Land Cruiser, but we think it will hit the showrooms some time in mid 2017, although it’s expected that Toyota will confirm that with a launch in the early part of 2017.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser release date: early 2017

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Price

The Land Cruiser isn’t cheap. Prices will start in the region of $85,000 and go on past $100,000 for the fully loaded flagship version.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Redesign and changes

We don’t think that the Land Cruiser will ever win an award for the best looking SUV, but Toyota are trying hard to make it look at least halfway decent. Besides, there are many other great things going for it, so perhaps a little give and take is needed.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Equipment

It’s expected that the new model will be slightly lighter than the current generation, but nothing has been confirmed, perhaps this is how Toyota will push the mileage that little bit further.

As you may expect for a vehicle costing over $80,000, there will be plenty of technology fitted; power adjustable heated and cooled seating, leather upholstery, hands free entry, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, front, side and rear view cameras, USB, Wi-Fi, satellite radio, navigation and a touchscreen for the infotainment system.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Specs

Under the hood, we expect to see the current 5.7 liter V8 turbo motor, this is good for 381 BHP and 401 lb/ft of torque, but perhaps Toyota will update it slightly for better economy; presently, the Land Cruiser only does between 13 & 18 MPG, even with the new 8-speed auto transmission and Variable Valve Timing, it won’t be improved that much – Toyota really do need to make it a little ‘greener’ but without losing the power. Many manufacturers are taking this route, there is no reason why that Toyota can’t do it.

Unlike some manufacturers, there will be no introduction for a diesel motor, they just aren’t popular enough, despite being well suited for this sort of application; being able to deliver massive amounts of low down torque.

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Don't expect much changes from 2018 Land Cruiser, but it's still a good option if you want a big reliable SUV with a great equipment level.

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