Toyota Land Cruiser is the longest running model from the auto manufacturer. Introduced way back in 1951 as a traditional Jeep model, it was available in other station wagon, utility truck, hard top and convertible versions as well. The model is marketed globally apart from Canada, North Korea and South Korea.
Toyota Land Cruiser was among the leading SUVs in the market around 10-15 years back. Presently, its sales are declining on a rapid basis. The company is going to offer a hybrid variant in the form of 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid hoping to regain lost ground.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid Design and Features
Along with hybrid powertrain, this model will also receive some latest styling updates. Expect the Land Cruiser Hybrid to come with updated front grille and bumper, with reshaped hood. Revised headlights and taillights should be on offer as well along with a new set of alloy wheels.
Coming to the cabin, fresh colors will be used with more accents of chrome. Latest technology from Toyota will be used, including the Safety Sense P system.
A Part Toyota’s Hybrid Plans
For a model that has been around as long as the Land Cruiser, there are bound to be ups and downs. In the recent past, this model has not been quite successful in impressing customers. This is why the car manufacturer is working hard to bring this model back on track.
Offering a hybrid variant might as well be the way of bringing this model back on high demand, just like it used to be. Previous models had issues like high gas intake, which should be fixed in the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid offering.
Toyota’s plan of introducing a hybrid variant of Land Cruiser is not a secret. The Japanese car manufacturer has been planning to do so for quite some time now. In fact, Toyota will be expanding its hybrid lineup in the near future with over 15 new hybrid models. As the emission standards are being raised all over the world, more energy efficient models are being introduced nowadays. Eco-friendly vehicles are being introduced even in segments that wouldn’t generally be associated with energy efficiency. 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid will also be offering better fuel efficiency while not compromising on the off-road capabilities which has become synonymous with its name.
Although there has been a lot of excitement surrounding the powertrain configuration of Land Cruiser Hybrid, there has been nothing but speculations till now. As of now, the powertrain details of this model are still elusive. For the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid, there are chances that a Lithium-ion battery will be mounted on the standard V8 engine.
This 5.7 liter four cylinder V8 unit generates 381 HP along with 401 lb-ft of torque in its standard configuration. The hybrid configuration will definitely offer good fuel efficiency, while still retaining a bulk of the output of regular model.
Price and Release Date
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Hybrid should arrive late in 2017. There is hardly any news about its pricing, although some speculate it to start at around $81,000.