The upcoming 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a rugged, off-roader that feels like a typical SUV. It is not quite the luxurious vehicle many people expect it to be, but it is still a reliable, durable and efficient model. After going through a major overhaul in 2015, the Land Cruiser is now one of the more popular mid-range SUVs on the market.
However, to push its appeal even further, the Toyota’s engineers have opted to include a new engine and a number of smaller exterior and interior updates. Even though the Land Cruiser is currently not among the best models, the 2019 edition is expected to challenge the Volkswagen Tuareg and the Mercedes GLE.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser – Design Updates
To make the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser more aesthetically appealing, the Japanese giant has decided to implement a number of additions and updates. Therefore, its upcoming SUV will feature a dynamic front end, sleek and prominent taillights, a power bulge hood, and redesigned rear bumpers.
On the sides, we will see attractive and sporty 18-inch wheels. Overall, the Land Cruiser’s look is singular in its purpose, and that is to be highly durable and perfectly dependable. Regardless of the weather and the terrain, this vehicle is expected to perform admirably and provide a pleasant experience. Some additional updates will include more chrome details, handsome front and rear overhangs, more ground clearance, and subtly redesigned headlights.
Interior Styling and Tech
Inside, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a mix of mostly good and some bad. While the cabin’s switches are all fairly durable and strong, they are not particularly well placed. In fact, they are pretty much scattered all around, thus making it a bit difficult to manage all the SUV’s functions.
The materials will be mostly high quality, strong, and durable ones, but not so luxurious or incredibly comfortable. Given that this vehicle is primarily intended for off-road conditions, this comes as a no surprise. Those expecting exotic wood trims or natural leather should look elsewhere.
The Land Cruiser’s cabin is fairly big and it can easily accommodate up to 8 passengers. Headroom and legroom are plentiful, while the cargo space is decent, with a maximum of 82 cubic feet of space. Tech-wise, the Land Cruiser is fine but it doesn’t impress. We will see an adaptive cruise control, a 4-zone climate control system, wireless phone charging, a 9-inch touchscreen, and a 14-speaker sound system.
Engine Specs and Performance of the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser
Just like the 2018 edition, the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser will feature a single engine variant. This is going to be a new 5.7-liter V8, which is capable of outputting 381 horsepower. With it, the Land Cruiser will go from 0 to 62 mph in less than 7 seconds. The EPA rating is 13/18 mph. While this rating is not quite amazing, it is still a marked improvement over the previous models.
The engine will be also mated to a brand new 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Estimated Arrival and Price
The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is not expected to hit the car market before late 2018. Its pricing will start at $85.000 and reach $89.000 for any extra options.