2024 Toyota Land Cruiser
The Legendary Nameplate Returns with a Different Mission
We were sad to see the legendary Land Cruiser nameplate leave the Toyota lineup a few years ago but for 2024, it’s back! But this isn’t the same Land Cruiser we once knew. I’m here at the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah for a First Look at all the details of the all-new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser.
Like I said, this is not the same Land Cruiser that we used to have. We no longer get the full-size premium luxury 300 Series that the rest of the world does. The 2024 North American Land Cruiser is really the Land Cruiser Prado, a smaller global version of the Land Cruiser that is closely related to the Lexus GX. Which means this lands in mid-size SUV territory and so overall dimensions are just a little bit smaller than the new GX.
It also means that this is built on Toyota’s TNGA-F global truck platform, the same as Sequoia, Tundra, and Tacoma. You’ll find a double-wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link in the rear. Plus a trailer hitch comes on every Land Cruiser for a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds.
Under the hood isn’t a V8, isn’t a V6, but a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor and mated to an 8-speed automatic. This is one of Toyota’s i-ForceMAX powertrains. It’s a “performance” hybrid not a fuel efficient hybrid so it’s all about power. We’re talking a total 326 horsepower and a whopping 465 lb-ft of torque. That should be plenty comfortable on-road and plenty capable off-road.
And speaking of off-road, this Land Cruiser still has some chops. Each Land Cruiser has full-time 4-Wheel Drive, a center locking differential, with a Limited Slip Rear Differential, and front tow hooks.
The Land Cruiser will come in three grades: Land Cruiser 1958, Land Cruiser, and a limited-run Land Cruiser First Edition.
The base 1958 takes inspiration from Land Cruisers of old with round LED headlights and a “Toyota” heritage grille. Inside sees a more utilitarian vibe with manual black cloth seats and a smaller, but still well-integrated, 8-inch center display with Toyota’s new multimedia system and a digital instrument cluster. A heated steering wheel is standard as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, all Land Cruisers are strictly 5-seaters so there’s ample cargo and passenger space.
The interior of the old Land Cruiser 200 Series never truly fit its $85,000 price tag so this interior feels a little more appropriate for this slimmer Land Cruiser. Although you do have to step up from the base model to get this 12.3-inch screen and these SofTex heated and ventilated seats.
The Land Cruiser grade also comes with modern rectangular LED headlights, color selectable LED fog lamps, and a front stabilizer bar disconnect. You also get 18-inch wheels, which are standard across all grades.
There are 7 exterior colors to choose from but both Heritage Blue and Trail Dust are available with a two-tone Grayscape roof.
An available premium package can add a 14-speaker JBL audio system, head-up display, moonroof, digital rearview mirror, and more.
The First Edition comes with a front skid plate, the round retro LED headlamps, mudflaps, rock rails, power leather seats, and will be limited to 5,000 units: which is more units than the outgoing model sold in an entire year.
Pricing for the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser is set to start around $55,000, now slotting underneath the Sequoia and above the 4Runner. But this Land Cruiser seems a lot like what we would expect to see in a redesigned 4Runner, so what exactly does this mean for the upcoming 6th-generation 4Runner?
This new and improved Land Cruiser will be made in Japan and is expected to arrive stateside in the Spring of 2024.
We’ll have more info on the all-new 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser coming soon, right here on MotorWeek!