After more than seven decades and ten generations from its first off-roader, Toyota unveiled the 2024 Land Cruiser. In its long journey, the Japanese automaker sold more than 11 million units in more than one hundred countries. These results were achieved thanks to the car's legendary ruggedness and reliability that made Toyota a trustworthy brand, and the Land Cruiser was on top of its food chain. With such heritage behind it, the 2024 Land Cruiser had to prove that it is worthy in an era where most cars were built on unibody platforms and with a high level of electrification. But, somehow, Toyota confirmed that it was up to the task and continued the story for the Land Cruiser with an incredible machine.
The Japanese automaker didn't care about aerodynamics too much when it penned the 2024 Land Cruiser. Even though the car featured some shaved corners and curved surfaces, the overall look was boxy. At the front, the front fascia resembled the one installed in the Land Cruiser FJ70, with a slim rim surrounding the grille where the Toyota badge took center stage. An intriguing detail was noticed on the headlights, where the automaker offered customers a choice of two versions. One was with a set of slim LEDs that looked modern, while the other featured round illuminated circles that resembled the predecessor mentioned above of the Land Cruiser. From the profile, the enlarged front fenders covered the chunky off-road wheels and featured plastic molds around the squarish wheel arches. The door mirrors were huge for a 2023 vehicle and were intentionally left black and unpainted. On the rear doors, Toyota created a step-up for the windows' line towards the vertical D-pillar at the back. Like on the front fenders, the rear ones featured plastic moldings and enlarged areas. The automaker kept the back of the SUV unaltered by the spare wheel mounted on the tailgate and installed it underneath the vehicle. Finally, the Land Cruiser 250 featured corner-mounted taillights that flanked the tailgate to keep things traditional.
Inside, the Land Cruiser offered room for up to seven people on three rows of seats. The last ones, placed in the trunk area, were jump seats, and both the second and third rows were flat folding to increase the cargo size. Even though the vehicle's overall length decreased compared to its predecessor, the interior room was bigger thanks to the longer wheelbase. As a result, there was enough legroom for the first and second rows and just enough for the third one. But being a tribute to the legendary FJ70 Series, the SUV didn't have to stick to old-style technologies. As a result, the dashboard featured an LCD display fronting the driver and a touchscreen atop the center stack for the infotainment system. A massive center console separated the front seats. It housed the transmission controls, a pair of cup holders, and a storage compartment that also served as an armrest.
Technically, the Land Cruiser relied on a ladder frame, with front independent suspension and a rigid axle in the rear. Under the hood, Toyota installed a turbocharged inline-four, helped by an electric motor for a total of 326 HP (330 PS), paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sent power in all corners via a two-speed transfer case.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.4L 8AT AWD (330 HP)
|Power:||243.1 KW @ - RPM|
330.5 HP @ - RPM
326 BHP @ - RPM
|Torque:||465 lb-ft @ - RPM|
630 Nm @ - RPM
|Electrical motor power:||35.3 kw (48 hp)|
|Fuel System:||Turbocharged Direct Injection|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||245/70 R18|
|Length:||193.7 in (4920 mm)|
|Width:||84.2 in (2139 mm)|
|Height:||73.2 in (1859 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||112.2 in (2850 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||8.7 in (221 mm)|
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
|Nominal Capacity:||1.87 kWh|