• Sep 13, 2006
It's times like these that we really get excited about our readership. Whether it's a longtime gearhead in Seattle, an industry mogul in Detroit or a twelve-year-old whose four-wheeled obsession has just begun, we know that you're out there and that you'll never, ever, let us down.

This fact was made overtly apparent to us last night when Zaid Abdullatif, a reader in the Sultanate of Oman, sent us these pictures of what could very well be the next Toyota Land Cruiser. Basking in the sun outside of the Shangri-La Hotel and Spa in Oman, the newly redesigned SUV appears to benefit from a thorough work-over, both inside and out.

The exterior has kept the patented rugged-luxury theme with clean lines, a large greenhouse and a revised grill and headlamp arrangement that manages to look both intimidating and tasteful at the same time. The interior, which is easily dismissed as the typical appliance-meets-mobility Toyota philosophy, has the potential to don some upper-echelon cachet when equipped with high-grade leather, soft wooden trim and techno-gadgetry. Also of note is the all-important third row seating, which is a necessity when competing at this price point.

Judging by some of the gashes and scratches in the mule's body, it looks as though the new Cruiser is in the midst of hot weather testing and being flogged in a way that only you and the rest of the Autoblog team could appreciate.

Click on through for the rest of the pics and again, thanks Zaid!



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I dont see where the Sequoia will fit in the line up...if that is the Land Cruiser. Either way too bland and not rugged enough for me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LX470.















      Another huge yawner.






      And yes, this is kabuki theater to its finest--these Toyota fanatics.
      Mr. Hiroshi Okuda could take a steamy dump and these people would be lining up to buy it.
      Unbelieveable!
      • 8 Years Ago
      HO HUM.. ugly as ever.. and believe me thats UGLY
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its been a great experience reading thru the comments that has been posted regarding the Land Cruiser. But I am distressed at certain critical remarks abt a vehicle that has survived the test of time.
      The Cruiser for the information of the critics IS NOT A TRUCK meant for soft hearted. Its for those who are pushed to the extremities of nature and as rightly mentioned " It is the vehicle of choice for those in remote areas, with no cell phone coverage, no triple A, and where a breakdown can quite literally mean death." Thanks to Emil.
      I work in the middle east and this region has always been the grave yard for the ALLEGED STRONG trucks from the US and other western countries. Not that there is any socio-religious sentiments attached to the statement, but its a fact that ONLY a Cruiser can endure the rough and tough terrains that dot this peninsula. Others can design STATION wagons, but never a Truck that can gaurantee safety at the extremities of nature.
      The Land Cruiser is a class apart. Why else would the oil field companies..including American Companies..prefer a Cruiser for their Middle East operations?
      The Cruiser lives in a world of its own. A world that includes the United Nations, the warlords and in the hands of the die hard adventurer for whom life and death is carried on the 4 wheels. And it need not necessarily be compared with the overtly sized Station wagons. Any change in the Land Cruiser is a welcome as it will still hold the promise to do the job that its predecessors have done for years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who thinks this is anything other than the new Land Cruiser is either kidding themselves or not very observant. It doesn't get any more obvious than the basic shape, let alone the taillights and wheel arches. Um, Brad, have you looked at the last 2 generation Land Cruiser taillights? The Sequoia's are a slight derivitive of them, but these are easily an updated version of the LC's. And what do you think makes the interior look like a Sequoia? It screams Land Cruiser to me. The floor shifter, as opposed to the lame cop-out column shifter in the Sequoia/Tundra.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kudos to Toyota for being able to put something out there into the market with this kind of styling and have people wave and say "thank you Toyota, I love you!"

      If there were any other nameplate on this thing it would be initiating gag reflexes on streets worldwide, and the comments on here would be enough to make baby jesus cry.

      This is a hideous vehicle, and this is coming from someone who likes older Land Cruisers. Amazing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ilive in australia where we have good roads and some roads so bad you would not believe,we also can have increadable distances to cover,across the interior some 2500-3000 miles of inhospitable desert,no phone or breakdown service.To me a cruiser is one of the very few vehicles to consider,and drives with such quality and refinement on the sealed highways.
      superior engineering and reliability are what sells over here,BLING may look nice but not at the expence of vehicle integrity.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have owned an 80 series gx diesel and currently want to trade my gxl 4.2 diesel for the new cruiser. After seeing the pics I will rather consider an unreliable Range Rover.
      Francesco, Cape Town, South Africa
      • 8 Years Ago
      I heard rumors years ago that the next generation LC would be based on the Sequoia platform. I was hoping it was only talk, but its starting to look like it might happen. I hope not!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, wow, GM introduces a new family of giant SUVs, and everyone calls them shortsighted for introducing gas guzzling SUVs. Toyota introduces a new SUV, and everyone praises them as providing an overdue refresh. Have you guys ever seen the mileage on a Land Cruiser?
      • 7 Years Ago
      New LC looks like super-sized version of the Fourtuner...(replacement for 4runner) I have a 3.0 TD 4 door Hilux pickup here in Costa Rica and Toyota is THE ONLY solution for the roads here. The Hilux is tough, quick (fast for a diesel, surprised a guy in a V6 Cayanne as I passed him the other day heee heee) and econmical...500 miles on a tank!! Only complaint is the rear breaks are drum when its twin the Fourtuner has discs all around. In this day and age am suprised Toyota would use 1950's tech on what is otherwise a great truck. As much as I like the look of Range Rovers every one I have ever owned has had major problems...even the Diesel non US versions. The 110 is ok but it will BEAT you to death...rides like a mule on a druken bender and goes about as fast which is...not fast at all. I felt cooler driving my LR3 TD6 Range Rover than BUT I spent more time looking not-so-cool sitting in a plastic chair at the dealership while they tried to fix it. In a heatbeat I would buy the new 4.2 diesel Landcruiser. It will cost somewhere between 100-110K here in Costa... I don't think I would run that big an investment into the jungle on a regular basis but I am sure it will do it without a problem...AND WITHOUT BREAKING! (Range Rover engineers I hope you are listening)

      PS HEY TOYOTA PLEASE IMPORT DIESEL HILUX AND PRADO TO THE US you won't be dissapointed with the sales figures!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is an implement of the 1995 model. I like it alot. Love the headlamps and grille.
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