• Jan 23rd 2007 at 12:25PM
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Over the past decade or so, Toyota has built up an SUV empire, ranging from the RAV4 to the Sequoia and the FJ Cruiser to the Lexus RX450h, with everything in between. But its flagship sport-ute has been on the market – all but completely untouched – for nine years now. And even for trucks that's a long life-cycle. While the Land Cruiser (and its luxury sister the Lexus LX) still won't be getting the top-to-bottom overhaul it so richly deserves, it is getting what will probably amount to a stop-gap update in 2008.

The biggest change is tipped to come under the hood. In foreign markets the Japanese-produced Land Cruiser is offered with a wide range of engines, but in the United States there's only one powerplant offered in both the Toyota and Lexus versions. That 4.7-liter V8 is expected to be ditched for the new 5.7-liter VVT-I V8 from the new Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, complete with Toyota's new six-speed automatic.

Following random shots here and there, more mules were spotted while testing in southern Europe. It'd be fairly safe to say that the styling won't be a radical departure by any stretch of the imagination, just an update on the theme people have come to recognize as the Land Cruiser. That shouldn't stop Toyota from significantly upgrading the interior, though.

With so many SUVs on offer, we can't imagine Toyota sells that many Land Cruisers worldwide, certainly not in the American market. But like other rugged, iconic SUVs (the Mercedes G-Wagon and Land Rover Defender come to mind), they continue to produce it for those who demand nothing less – and nothing more.

[Source: Truck Trend via eGM CarTech]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just plain Crap like the old model it replaces.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! If the design of this is as good as the Tundra, they have nothing to worry about ... HAHAHAHAHAHA! This thing looks like a rehash of the same design with a new engine ... that should really be even more thirsty, or just as bad, than the previous 12/16 version in the Land Cruiser/470.
      • 8 Years Ago
      re: " i'd like to point the title of this article out to any of the domestic-bashing hypocrites who try to claim that lexus is not just a rebadged toyota..."

      Lexus overall, as a brand, is not a rebadged Toyota anymore. It was a good start, and this vehicle is a remnant from that legacy.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Didn't Toyota already announce that Lexus was not going to get the next gen of the Land Cruiser? Not that it is a great move but, I thought I recall someone saying that they would move over to the Sequoia platform.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The greenie-weenies will continue to sing Toyota's praises for the Prius, despite the fact that the company will not sell enough Priuses to make up for the gasoline swilled by this overweight beast ... ah, well, what else can we expect?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Nine years? Where are the critics who bashed GM on how long they let their Cavalier languish?"

      Contrary to the absurd Soccer-mom Utility Vehicle that SUVs are stateside, in the Mid-east they are the truck of choice out on backroads--you know, where SUVs were meant to be.

      It doesn't get refreshed much because by nature it's a far more utilitarian vehicle than some swanky Audi Q7.
      • 8 Years Ago

      we are now in the year 2007. you're citing facts from the years 2004-2005. i'm citing data from the years 2005-2006, in which toyota and gm recalls went down while Chrysler recalls went up, A LOT.


      • 8 Years Ago
      Why change what may maybe the best real off-road SUV ever made? Recalls have nothing to do with long term reliability and resale value,..........which are the reason people buy Toyotas.
      And that is not going to change anytime soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The "kings of quality" should just gio ahead and recall them now and get it over with.
      • 8 Years Ago
      RX450h? You mean RX400h..
      • 8 Years Ago

      In 17 years I have purchased two new Land Cruisers, they are both used daily and I would not trust my life in any other 4x4. The LX470 are for loafer wearing posers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lol another green machine...

      Should come it at just under 1 millyon dollars with the 5.7..

      they cut a mid sized coupe (the ugly solara that they messed up on designing) but jump into an arguably more dubious market.
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