Toyota Motor Corporation has revealed the partially redesigned Land Cruiser Prado and the FJ Cruiser Final Edition, as the FJ ends its production run. Toyota has also announced the return of the Hilux pickup to the Japanese market, after a 13-year hiatus.
The partially redesigned Land Cruiser Prado, sporting a new, refined exterior that lends an air of strength and innovation to the vehicle, also now comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P collision avoidance support package as standard in all grades.
Land Cruiser Prado features a new exterior design. The center of the hood is shaped in a way that takes forward visibility into account, while the front of the vehicle exudes power aided by the conjoined large front grille and headlamps. Other new features include LEDs for the headlamps in all cars and 19-inch aluminum wheels (machine-cut highlights and dark gray metallic coating)3. The rear design suppresses the protrusion of the combination lamp and realizes a more stable stance through modification of the trim design.
The interior has a more advanced design, particularly the instrument panel. Lowering the upper part of the air vent ring (air conditioning outlet) improves visibility. In addition, the thin, tablet-style design of the navigation display adds a modern tone to the interior. Metal highlights have been added to the center cluster and dashboard to increase the premium feel.The steering wheel was designed with attention to ease of grip, and its new appearance blends seamlessly with the instrument panel.
The vehicle supports safe driving through the inclusion of the Toyota Safety Sense P collision avoidance support package and Drive-Start Control as standard features, together with the new addition of the Blind Spot Monitor4. The exterior panels come in a total of nine colors including the new Blackish Ageha Glass Flake (option color) and Avant Garde Bronze Metallic. The interior specifications adopt two colors including Neutral Beige.
For the first time, the Land Cruiser series uses Torsen®5 limited-slip differential for the rear differential with the option to select between five driving modes (Normal, Eco, Comfort, Sport S, and Sport S+) depending on driving conditions and are included as standard on the TZ-G to enhance driving pleasure.The diesel vehicle grade system has been revised with the addition of a 7-seater to the TX and a 5-seater to the TX L Package.
FJ Cruiser Final Edition
The latest model of the FJ Cruiser marks the vehicle’s special specification “Final Edition” model and features a special shade of beige throughout the interior and exterior of the vehicle that creates a distinctive sense of modernity, according to Toyota.
The special specification “Final Edition” model adopts a select beige color for the exterior, seat upholstery, and the center cluster trim. To add further appeal, black coating has been applied extensively in the interior and exterior, and special 20-inch aluminum wheels and side steps are included.
Hilux returns to Japanese market
The Hilux is being marketed as a vehicle for ‘special experiences,’ as explained by the vehicle’s chief engineer Masahiko Maeda: “While sales in Japan ended in 2004, there are still around 9,000 owners who mainly use the Hilux for work. Many people have called for its reintroduction, and we wanted to properly respond to their needs and those of similar customers.”
“Furthermore, I would like to propose to customers not only the functional value of objects but also their conceptual value, in terms of special experiences gained by having them in your possession. We realize that for various practical reasons, the Hilux can be a difficult vehicle to choose―for example, being a Class 1 vehicle, it requires annual inspection, and it is subject to slightly higher expressway tolls.”
Mr. Maeda remarked that he “believes the Hilux is a vehicle that embodies the joy of owning something special, due in part to its dignified appearance, together with a toughness forged in the real world, and hopes the vehicle appeals to the on-the-go spirit of the baby boomers, a customer segment that wants to embrace an active lifestyle.”
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