2016 Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Updated
Revised engines, new look, and new safety gear for the 2016 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series. Will be launched in October.
TOYOTA’S LANDCRUISER LC200 has been around since 2007, and now it’s time for a minor refresh. The turbodiesel LC200 gets new injectors, a new diesel particulate filter (DPF) and other revisions to bring power and torque to 200kW and 650Nm from the previous version’s 195kW and same 650Nm. The petrol remains 227kW and 439Nm. The bigger improvement is fuel efficiency, never an LC200 strong point but that’s now better by 8% for the diesel, down to 9.5L/100km on the combined cycle. Compliance with ever-increasing emissions standards is likely to be the big reason for the engine change, and so it’s a struggle to do that and maintain the existing power/torque outputs.
There’s two new colours, Copper Brown and Onyx Blue available on all grades except the base model GX. Also new is improved interior refinement; use of colours, materials, larger infotainment units, more logical switchgear and button placement. The centre console gets a 12v socket.
There are various cosmetic changes which are described in the usual loving terms but you see the photos, you decide.
The top-end Sahara starts to move into the new proactive safety space with:
- Pre-Collision Safety – this is automatic braking (AEB)
- Active cruise control (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control in Toyota-speak)
- Automatic High Beam – this dips headlights. In theory. If it’s anything like the RC F I tested recently best not rely on it too much.
- Lane departure alert – warns the driver if they drift out of their lane at speed.
The LC200 2016 range is:
- GX (diesel only, 5 seat)
- GXL (petrol/diesel, both 8 seat)
- VX (petrol 8 seat/diesel 7 seat)
- Sahara (petrol 8 seat/diesel 7 seat)
We suspect the reason Toyota do not offer 8 seats all the way around is because the diesel and luxury versions are heavier than petrol/base models, leaving too little payload to accommodate 8 people.
All have six-speed automatics as per the current versions.
Launch for this revised LC200 is October 2015.