The Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial will be re-joining the market later in the year, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed. Sales of Commercial 4x4s have fallen sharply since the demise of the Land Rover Defender, leaving the Mitsubishi Shogun and the recently relaunched Land Rover Discovery Commercial as the most viable options.
The Land Cruiser Commercial is heavily targeted towards the working end of the market, and therefore lacks the ‘bling’ of the Shogun and Discovery commercials. The ‘Utility’ is the only trim-level available, although there are a number of optional extras to choose from.
On the outside, there are colour-coded bumpers but only comes with 17-inch steel wheels and a black plastic grille, door handles and door mirrors. A film has been placed over the rear windows and the back window has been darkened to prevent break-ins, and there are roof rails for carrying longer items.
Despite its modest appearance, the Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial comes with quite a lot of standard equipment. Air conditioning, fog lights, push-button start, Smart Entry, auto-dipping headlights and cruise control are all standard, while infotainment is provided by a six-speaker radio with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary connectivity.
Engine and driveline
Under the bonnet is Toyota’s newly-developed 2.8 GD engine (2,755cc, straight 4-cylinder), which develops up to 177hp (3,400rpm) and 450Nm (1,400-2,600rpm) and is hooked to a six-speed manual transmission. A rear diff-lock isn’t standard, but there is Toyota’s Active Traction Control. On the combined NEDC cycle, the Land Cruiser achieved an impressive 39.2mpg – which is well ahead of the Shogun.
Loading and towing
Although the gross vehicle weights and kerb weights have yet to be released, Toyota has revealed that there will be maximum payloads of 593 and 756kg on the short and long wheelbase variants respectively and there is a standard towing capacity of 3,000kg. The load area measures 1,574mm on the short wheelbase and 2,216mm on the long. The load area comes with a rubber lined rear floor tray, four lashing points, bulkhead and mesh hatch.
Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial price
The Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial will be arriving into Toyota’s Approved Business Centres (click here to find your nearest dealer) at the start of July, and prices start from £27,546 plus VAT. This rises to £28,509 plus VAT for long wheelbase models and includes Toyota’s respectable five-years, 100,000 mile warranty.