Toyota introduces updated JDM-spec 2016 Land Cruiser

Toyota\'s eight-year old Land Cruiser gets more tech features and a shot of Botox.

Toyota has introduced the redesigned 2016 Land Cruiser 200 during a private event held in Japan.

Up front, the eight-year old Cruiser gets a bolder look characterized by an oversized grille with horizontal slats that stretch far into a pair of redesigned headlights. The modifications go beyond the simple mid-cycle refresh, and the hood, the fenders and the bumper are new as well.

Out back, the Land Cruiser benefits from revised LED tail lamps and an updated bumper. Additional alloy wheel designs and two new paint colors called Copper Brown and Onyx Blue, respectively, round out the major exterior updates.

Buyers can order the Cruiser with a less rugged-looking front fascia that features a deeper bumper with a thin strip of chrome trim. The less aggressive front end was primarily designed for high-volume markets such as the Middle East, and it will most likely not be offered in the United States.

The interior updates are more minor. They include a new-look instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch LCD screen, a refreshed four-spoke steering wheel and the latest generation of Toyota's touch screen-based infotainment system.

In Japan, the Land Cruiser is available with a long list of electronic driving aids including a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and a lane departure warning system. Whether the U.S.-spec model will gain similar features is up in the air.

Toyota has not made any major mechanical modifications.

The updated 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser is scheduled to go on sale in Japan and in a few other markets before the end of the year. The updates described above only apply to overseas models, and details about the U.S.-spec version haven't been published yet.

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