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Toyota Land Cruiser returns as hybrid-only SUV with lower cost


Toyota is bringing an iconic off-roader again to the U.S. as a hybrid.

On Tuesday, the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser debuted with a turbocharged hybrid powertrain, a smaller footprint, and a lower cost. When it arrives within the U.S. within the spring of 2024, the brand new Land Cruiser will begin within the mid-$50,000 vary, in line with Toyota. That is a serious drop from the roughly $85,000 beginning value of the final model, which was discontinued after the 2021 mannequin 12 months.

The brand new U.S.-market Land Cruiser can be 4.4 inches narrower and 1.2 inches shorter than the outgoing mannequin, often known as the 200 Sequence. The styling additionally goes in a special path, showing to seize most of the cues of the well-received Compact Cruiser EV idea, solely a step up in dimension.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

Rectangular LED headlights used on the mid-tier Land Cruiser trim degree specifically channel the Compact Cruiser, and are additionally meant to reference the face-lifted model of the Nineteen Eighties 60 Sequence Land Cruiser often known as the FJ62. Base Land Cruiser 1958 (for the 12 months it was launched within the U.S.) and top-level First Version fashions get spherical headlights recalling the pre-face-lift 60 Sequence fashions, in addition to the sooner 40 Sequence fashions of the Sixties.

The brand new Land Cruiser rides on a model of the TNGA-F body-on-frame platform utilized by the Tundra, Sequoia, and Tacoma, in addition to the Lexus LX and GX. The identical platform can be shared with the bigger 300 Sequence Land Cruiser, which is not coming to the U.S.

The TNGA-F platform and extra compact dimensions contribute to a most 31.0-degree method angle, 22.0-degree departure angle, 25.0-degree breakover angle, and eight.7 inches of floor clearance, preserving the Land Cruiser’s signature off-road functionality.

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

2024 Toyota Land Cruiser

Rather than the earlier 200 Sequence’ V-8, although, the brand new Land Cruiser makes use of a 2.4-liter turbo-4 and electrical motor, producing a mixed 326 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. That is the identical output because the just lately revealed 2024 Toyota Tacoma hybrid system, which this powertrain seems to hold over from. An 8-speed computerized transmission, full-time four-wheel drive, and 2-speed electronically shifted switch case are commonplace. A Torsen limited-slip heart differential with handbook locking and a locking rear differential are commonplace as effectively, whereas mid- and top-spec fashions add disconnecting entrance sway bars to additional improve off-road functionality.

Will gas financial system of the brand new Land Cruiser prime 30 mpg in its leanest type? That is still to be seen, however because the cohort of absolutely electrical SUVs grows, the Land Cruiser is because of face a long-overdue Bronco Hybrid and complement a rising legion of hybrid-only Toyota fashions, together with the Sienna minivan and Venza crossover, which earn standout effectivity scores in comparison with most different fashions that refill with gasoline. Toyota has just lately reframed its plans to ramp up hybrid manufacturing for America—and the Land Cruiser seems to be a giant a part of it.

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