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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series four-wheel drive has received a mild facelift and a number of new technology features to further enhance its off-road capability for the New Year.

Officially unveiled in Japanese specification for its domestic market, the revised Toyota LandCruiser goes on sale in Australia in March. The images support the leaked LandCruiser images published by CarAdvice late last year.

New to the LandCruiser 200 Series is Multi-Terrain Monitor, which uses four small cameras built in around the vehicle to display the road conditions on an in-dash screen.


Also added to the 2012 model is the Multi-Terrain Select system, which allows drivers to select between pre-programmed traction control and brake settings to prepare the vehicle for the landscape ahead. Available settings include Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud & Sand.

Expect these features to be offered in the top-spec variants, with the base model LandCruiser to get a less high-tech set-up.

Toyota has also made the 2012 LandCruiser more driver-friendly in the city, with a new Turn-Assist function helping decrease the vehicle’s turning circle at low speeds, making parking easier.

While the exterior look is familiar, the updated model benefits from a revised front bumper and grille, new headlights with integrated LED driving lights, and mild tweaks to the taillights to give it a more premium appearance.

The interior gets a subtle update, with a fresh instrument cluster layout and new metallic/wood-grain trim inserts.