Spy Shots: 2009 Toyota Land Cruiser totally uncovered

Toyota's next-gen Land Crusier 4x4 has been spotted again, this time totally undisguised while out shooting a commercial in a desert landscape. Sharing its design with its almost identical Lexus LX570 twin, the '09 Cruiser sports all-new bodywork, new rear-light clusters, a unique front end with tapered headlights and a prominent grille.

New to the range will be the addition of Toyota's 381hp 5.7L V8 shared with its Lexus counterpart as well as a new 4.5L V8 turbodiesel. One key difference with the new range is the more upscale appearance for the legendary bush-whacker. The interior dons some new features such as the engine starter button, telescopic instrument gauges and plenty of chrome and wood paneling.

The new model also appears much larger than the current version with sculpted flanks and a stretched glasshouse. Look out for the official unveiling at October's Tokyo Auto Show ahead of its sales launch early next year.

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[Source: Carschool Forums]

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