August 20, 2015

Big upgrade in 2016 for Land Cruiser 200

Toyota's making some fairly extensive changes to the 2016 Land Cruiser 200, according to overseas sources. The 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel gains new injectors, different mapping and a diesel particulate filter with its own skidplate. Power is up slightly, but torque remains the same.

Seems like yesterday we were getting all excited about the
then just-revised Land Cruiser 200 – now, another new model
is on the way.
The wagon's front end looks bolder, with a prominent chromed grille, a different bonnet and a wider, lower air intake. Headlight clusters and fog lights are more deeply recessed. The rear has a new tailgate, bumpers and light clusters. Almost every interior surface that comes into contact with occupants is upgraded with soft padding, thicker materials and more rounded edges. VX Limited models have air conditioned seats, at least in some markets. Switches and displays for driving functions, audio and aircon are reshaped and laid out in more-logical groupings. Top versions have an instrument cluster centred on a 4.2-inch colour trip data display, as well as a nine-inch centre-stack display for navigation and rear camera.

The VX Limited now has a pre-collision system, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control that also monitors other vehicles both merging into the lane from on-ramps and changing lanes, and "smoothly" makes room for them. A new auto high beam system detects tail-lights ahead of the vehicle as well as oncoming headlights.

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