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2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 revealed

Wed, 28 Dec 2011

2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 revealed in Japan

Toyota has revealed the facelift for the 2012 Land Cruiser V8 in Japan. The European version will debut in Brussels next month.

Just to be clear, it’s the Toyota Land Cruiser V8 that’s had a facelift and appeared in Japan, not the smaller Land Cruiser we also have in the UK (which gets called the Land Cruiser Prado in other markets). Confusing having two different models with the same name.

Despite there being almost no changes to the big Land Cruiser since it launched in 2007, Toyota has only inflicted the smallest of changes to the biggest of their vehicles. The front bumper gets a tweak, the headlights get LED running lights and the tail lights get a small tweak.

But Toyota has had a play with the tech stuff, and the V8 Land Cruiser gets a multi-terrain monitor that uses four cameras to give the driver a 360 degree view, a multi-terrain select system that lets you set the Land Cruiser up for the terrain you’re on (just like Land Rover) and turn-assist that decreases turning radius at very low speeds.

In Japan the new Land Cruiser V8 comes with a 4.6 litre V8 with 318bhp and 339lb/ft of torque, but it seems likely Europe will get the same 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel in the current model, with its 281bhp and 479lb/ft of torque.

The European version of the 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 will debut at the Brussels Motor Show on 12th.

By Cars UK