Toyota is renowned for its vehicles’ longevity and durability, and the Land Cruiser holds a special place as a legend in the automotive world. Recently, Toyota introduced the Land Cruiser LC300 in India at a price of Rs. 2.17 crore (ex-showroom). However, the LC300 model was not available for sale in the USA.
After a three-year absence, Toyota has now reintroduced the Land Cruiser in the USA. But instead of the LC300 model, which is sold in other markets, the USA gets a brand new LC250 model exclusively designed for its market, at least for now. The LC250 is a smaller vehicle compared to the LC300 and comes equipped with US-spec powertrains to ensure competitive pricing in the American market. This move reflects Toyota’s strategic approach to cater to the specific preferences and demands of the US customers with a compact yet powerful version of the Land Cruiser.
2024 Toyota Land Cruiser LC250
The speculated price tag for the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser LC250 is expected to be in the mid USD 50,000 range, roughly translating to around Rs. 41 lakh to 49 lakh. This pricing is crucial for Toyota in the USA, given the presence of strong competitors in this segment, such as the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler, both of which start from a similar price point.
Just like its larger siblings, the Land Cruiser LC300 and Lexus GX, the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser LC250 shares the same TNGA-F platform. This platform will also be utilized for the upcoming Hilux and Fortuner models. Toyota has opted for a boxy and old-school design, reminiscent of the iconic Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.
The design of the LC250 features cues from older Land Cruiser vehicles. The base trim is named “1958,” the mid-spec trim is simply “Land Cruiser,” and the top-spec trim is called “First Edition.” The front fascia adopts a squared-off and rectangular design, blending retro cues with modern trends. The 1958 and First Edition trims come with round headlights, while the mid-spec “Land Cruiser” trim boasts triple ice-cube LED headlights. Interestingly, the Toyota logo is nowhere to be found; instead, the old-school ‘TOYOTA‘ lettering adorns the vehicle. The base model is equipped with unpainted plastics, making it more cost-effective to replace if damaged during off-roading adventures. However, none of the LC250 trims offer steel wheels, unlike the Land Rover Defender.
In summary, the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser LC250 aims to strike the right balance between a nostalgic and modern design, while offering competitive pricing to take on its esteemed rivals in the US market.
LC250’s Multi-Terrain Select: Customising Adventure at Your Fingertips
The 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser LC250 boasts impressive off-road capabilities, with a 31-degree approach angle, 22-degree departure angle, 25-degree break-over angle, and 8.7 inches (221 mm) of ground clearance. The interior design is functional, featuring an industrial and robust appearance. It is worth noting that the LC250 is positioned a step below the LC300 in terms of features and materials.
The trim levels offer varying upholstery options – the “1958” trim comes with cloth upholstery, the “Land Cruiser” trim gets faux leather, and the “First Edition” trim offers real leather upholstery. The interior surfaces exhibit a mix of soft-touch plastics at the top and rubberized finishes at the bottom half of the dashboard and door pads. The infotainment system also varies across trims, with the “1958” getting an 8-inch system, and the top two trims equipped with a larger 12.3-inch system.
In terms of technology, the LC250 comes equipped with an Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) suite, along with Multi-Terrain Select off-road modes and a Multi-Terrain Monitor on the top two trims. The powertrain of the LC250 is different from its LC300 counterpart. It is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine, which is paired with a hybrid system. This hybrid engine delivers 326 bhp of power and 630 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The gearbox also integrates a 48 bhp electric motor, reducing turbo lag. The LC250 features a full-time 4WD setup with a 2-speed transfer case (high and low), enhancing its off-road capabilities.
While enthusiasts in India may wish for the LC250 to be launched in the country, there are uncertainties about its arrival. However, the hope remains that the advanced powertrain offered in the LC250 might debut in India in the future, offering enthusiasts a chance to experience its impressive performance and off-road prowess.
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