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2024 Toyota Land Cruiser: Back to its roots with a modern twist

Toyota has announced the return of the Land Cruiser to the U.S. market for the 2024 model year. This reintroduction marks a significant development for the brand, as the new model aims to combine the vehicle’s traditional off-road capabilities with contemporary design and technology.

A return to roots

The 2024 Land Cruiser is built on the TNGA-F global truck platform, reflecting a design philosophy that emphasizes both form and function. The vehicle will be exclusively available with the i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain, producing 326 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This powertrain represents Toyota’s commitment to balancing performance with environmental considerations.

Dimensions and design

Compared to the outgoing 200 Series model, the new Land Cruiser is 4.4 inches narrower and 1.2 inches shorter. These dimensions contribute to its agility on trails and off-road performance. Toyota’s North American-based studio, CALTY Design Research, worked on the design, focusing on key terms such as authenticity, reliability, timelessness, and professionalism. The result is a vehicle that pays homage to its heritage while embracing modern aesthetics.

Off-road features

The 2024 Land Cruiser includes a newly developed double-wishbone front suspension with twin-tube shocks and a multi-link rear suspension with coil springs. It features a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a center locking differential and an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case. The vehicle’s towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds, along with features like an electronic locking rear differential, underscores its off-road credentials.

Interior and connectivity

Inside, the Land Cruiser offers a blend of practicality and comfort. Options such as heated and ventilated SofTex-trimmed seats, a 12.3-inch multimedia monitor, and a 14-speaker JBL premium sound system are available. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard, providing seamless connectivity. Additionally, Toyota offers over 100 accessories for customization, allowing owners to tailor the vehicle to their specific needs.

Safety measures

Safety remains a priority for Toyota, and the 2024 Land Cruiser comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0. This comprehensive suite of safety features includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Proactive Driving Assist. These features reflect Toyota’s ongoing commitment to driver and passenger safety.

Hybrid technology

The i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain is a significant aspect of the new Land Cruiser. It pairs a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated into an eight-speed transmission, feeding off a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack. This combination creates a total system output of 326 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy estimates will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date, highlighting Toyota’s focus on efficiency.

Availability and pricing

Limited to 5,000 units for the first two months of production, the Land Cruiser will be offered in a First Edition grade with two new two-tone paint colors and additional off-road equipment. It will be built in Toyota Motor Corporation’s Tahara and Hino plants in Japan and is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the spring of 2024. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will start in the mid-$50,000 range, positioning it as a competitive option in its segment.

Final thoughts

The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser represents a return to the vehicle’s rugged origins while incorporating modern features and technology. Its reintroduction to the U.S. market after a three-year hiatus reflects Toyota’s commitment to its core values of quality, durability, and reliability. With a blend of performance, comfort, and safety, the Land Cruiser continues its legacy as a versatile and dependable vehicle.

Written by Chad Kirchner

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