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Is The Toyota Land Cruiser Getting Yet Another Refresh?

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Clearly, Toyota is in no rush to redesign the rugged SUV.

The current-generation Toyota Land Cruiser has been on sale since 2008. That would be enough time to make some models obsolete, but Toyota is in no rush to redesign the rugged SUV as sales remain strong.

Over the years, the Land Cruiser has been refreshed several times, most recently in 2017 to compete with rivals such as the Land Rover Discovery. Now, according to Russian website Kolsea, the evergreen SUV is getting yet another refresh based on the old J200 platform. Having already shown us what the updated Nissan Armada could look like, Kolsea has created some renderings to preview the updated Toyota Land Cruiser.

At first glance, it's difficult to tell the difference between the rendered SUV and the current model. Based on recent spy photos, the rendering artist has given the Land Cruiser's front end a minor update, with a new front bumper and thinner crossbars on the grille. The front wings also have decorative overlays with the model logo surrounded by a chrome frame and (faux) side vents have been added to the fenders. At the back, the render depicts the Land Cruiser with a modified rear bumper incorporating a new set of trapezoidal exhaust pipes.

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The publication claims the updated Toyota Land Cruiser will debut in a few months, but it isn't clear if it will be available in the US. Given how minor the cosmetic changes are, engine options are likely to remain the same as the current model's. In the US, the Toyota Land Cruiser is only offered with a 5.7-liter V8 gasoline engine producing 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Toyota also recently unveiled the new Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, which will set you back $89,040.

According to reports, the Land Cruiser's V8 could be dropped in the next-generation model and replaced with twin-turbo V6 diesel and gasoline engines. After the latest Land Cruiser facelift goes on sale, the next-generation version is expected to arrive in 2021.