2014 Toyota Land Cruiser face-lift revealed

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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser face-lift revealed

This is the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser, a face-lifted version of the large SUV that will go on sale in the UK early next year.

The most obvious change to the outgoing car is the new-look front end with a deeper bumper. The front is now dominated by a much chunkier grille, with five thick vertical bars in place of the six thin uprights on the current car. Its finish is either metallic or silver, depending on trim level.

The front headlights have been reshaped, with daytime running lights now running in parallel with the angled sides of the grille. At the back of the car, two clear light covers sit within the redesigned red casings.

In the cabin, the radio/CD system is a slimmer unit that now sits just under the air vents at the top of the stack. In its place - beneath the air-con buttons - are the controls for the off-road driving settings. A five-position dial in the middle controls the Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control functions, while toggle switches on either side adjust the adaptive suspension and all-wheel drive modes.

There is new aluminium trim around the air-con dials and instruments, and between the main binnacles sits a new colour screen. The display can show a range of information covering the off-road and safety systems.

Passengers should now have an easier time getting in as the second row of seats folds farther forward to improve access to the third row.

Toyota also says that the Land Cruiser’s suspension systems have been updated. Both the standard setup and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that appears on the pricer trims have been revised to provide more comfort and stability.

The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser goes on sale in the UK at the beginning of next year. We’d expect to see a moderate price increase, with the entry-level car likely to start at just under £34,000.