Greater value, and totally cool.
The Toyota Land Cruiser, the off-roader of choice for some of the harshest environments in the world, welcomes a special edition to the local lineup. The Land Cruiser Altitude is back for 2017, and it’s bringing with it the same value & kit that we saw from the Prado Altitude special-edition, with production limited to just 600 units.
Building on the mid-spec GXL models, the Altitude gains LED fog lamps and automatic wipers, adding to the already-standard 17-inch wheels, aluminium side steps, and roof rails. The inside sees more changes, with the inclusion of leather trim, electric seat adjustment for front driver and passenger, a refrigerated cool-box, chrome-tipped air-vents, and brushed-metal-look cabin trim. There’s also a 4.2-inch multi-info display nestled between the dials, which the driver can access through the steering wheel.
Standard-fare GXL kit is included in the Altitude, with seven-airbags, rear-view camera, hill-start and descent assistance, and reach/rake steering wheel adjustment. This goes along with keyless entry and go, dual-zone climate control, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen replete with satellite navigation and DAB+ digital radio.
Also standard is the powerplant under the bonnet, the venerable 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel V8 pushing out 200kW & 650Nm, sending drive to all-four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption remains at an impressive 9.5L/100km (on the combined testing cycle), which is likely why this engine was the most popular motor of choice among the near-12,000 Land Cruisers that rolled off showroom floors last year.
The 2017 Land Cruiser Altitude will be priced from $93,460, which represents a considerable savings over the comparable VX ($99,170) that packs most of the Altitude upgrades as standard. Black is the standard exterior paint finish, while premium white, graphite silver, and blue are available for an additional $550.