Styling changes are headlined by a new-look grille up front, featured as a plain black-framed design on the entry GX, while higher-spec models get a chrome frame and new winglets that extend into the body of the each headlight.
There’s also new bumpers, new dark-red LED tail lamps and a broader chrome garnish through the centre of the tailgate, along with protective mouldings along the side, below revised door handles.
The 2016 range also benefits from new technologies and revised powertrains, the latter including efficiency improvements to the carry-over petrol and diesel engines.
For the 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel, that means new injectors, revised mapping and a new diesel particulate filter protected against off-roading damage by a special guard.
The diesel now produces 200kW - a 5kW increase - with torque unchanged at 650Nm. Fuel consumption has likewise improved, now down from 10L/100km to 9.5L/100km. CO2 emissions, now rated at 250g/km, bring the diesel engine in line with Euro 5 regulations.
On the petrol front, the LC200’s 4.6-litre V8 engine gets a revised air-injection system that delivers on reduced emissions and Euro 5 compliance, while power and torque remain unchanged at 227kW and 439Nm. Fuel consumption has dropped from 13.6 to 13.4 l/100km, while CO2 emissions have improved to 309g/km.
The 2016 LC200 range again includes diesel-only GX, and petrol or diesel options for the GXL, VX and Sahara models, all equipped with a six-speed automatic.
The GX model gets a grey fabric interior trim, while GXL offers the option of grey or beige fabric, and upgrading to VX or Sahara offers a choice of black or beige leather-accented trim.
The GX model seats five, diesel VX and Sahara will accommodate seven, and all other models boost capacity to eight occupants.
Safety features standard across the range include seven airbags, vehicle stability and active traction control, multi-terrain anti-skid brakes, hill-start assist control, trailer sway control, an emergency brake signal and tilt/telescopic adjustments for the steering column.
Standard kit for the GX includes halogen headlights, 12-volt accessory socket, 17-inch steel wheels and a snorkel, along with vertically-hinged rear doors and a vinyl floor covering.
Stepping up to the GXL adds roof rails, LED low-beam headlights with static auto levelling, LED clearance lamps, a leather-accented steering wheel and gear-shift knob, a revised analogue instrument cluster and variable intermittent wipers (front and rear).
The GXL also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone front climate-control air-conditioning, a rear cooler, rear spoiler, aluminium side steps, a second 12-volt connector and a 220-volt rear connector, horizontal-split tailgate, smart entry and start, reversing camera, satellite navigation, privacy glass and body-coloured mirrors.
For 2016, the high-spec VX picks up automatic bi-LED headlights with dynamic auto levelling, LED front fog lamps and daytime lights, side airbags for the outboard second-row seats, redesigned Optitron instruments either side of a 4.2-inch multi-information display, and a one-inch larger 9.0-inch main touchscreen display.
Rounding out the VX model’s key features are front and rear parking sensors, power-retractable exterior mirrors, moon roof, black side steps and woodgrain-look interior highlights.
Topping the range is again the Sahara, building on the VX model’s features with a wireless smartphone charger and upgraded rear-seat entertainment with screens in the back of the two front seats.
The Sahara also boasts a powered tailgate, heated electric side mirrors, multi-terrain monitor, a cool box, heated front and second-row seats, ventilated front seats and active headrests. The electrically adjustable steering column also has three memory positions, matched to seat and mirror position memory.
Advanced safety features in the Sahara include a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane-departure alert, and blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Saraha’s standout new feature is its visibility system, with cameras mounted front, rear and in the side mirrors, offering an all-round and even ‘under-floor’ view. Handy in manouevering, the feature is also highlighted as an advantage in tricky off-roading work.
The 2016 Land Cruiser 200 Series range is now offered with 10 colours in total, with new options in 2016 including Copper Brown and Onyx Blue.
2016 LC200 pricing (before on-road costs):
GX Diesel - $76,500 (previously $73,600)
GXL Petrol - $82,000 ($80,600)
GXL Diesel - $87,000 ($83,600)
VX Petrol - $92,50 ($90,600)
VX Diesel - $97,500 ($93,600)
Sahara Petrol - $113,500 ($110,600)
Sahara Diesel - $118,500 ($113,600)