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Images of the 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series began floating around the web a few weeks ago, and the revealed facelift includes a bolder front-end and a few basic interior upgrades.  Sourced from a leaked Japanese brochure, the photos claim to reveal the first styling revisions to the full-size SUV since production of the 200 started in September 2007.

It appears that the legendary Land Cruiser will borrow a few design cues from its younger sibling, the 4Runner, including a new front apron and angular grille.  These minor touches seem to give it  the kind of bold, squared-jaw that you mind find on a seasoned golden gloves champ, which is in lock-step with where much of the industry is moving these days.  Expect HID headlights with LED daytime running lamps, new running boards and side mirrors, and a rear-end redeaux that coordinates with the new front to round off the exterior enhancements.

Photo of enhanced interior leaked from a Japanese brochure.

The interior changes are pretty modest, honestly: a wooden shifter knob, a few aluminum accents, and a new instrument cluster is about all we see.  Maybe it’s what’s hidden that will blow us away?  Maybe like better traction control and 360° blind spot camera views?

Although five years into the 200 Series platform, don’t expect a major overhaul for at least a few more years.  This is an iconic platform that, to put it simply, works.  Living by the age-old adage of “If it ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it,” seems to be Toyota’s guiding light.  (Grumbles in Japanese car forums have it that the Lexus LX570 is being born again for 2015.  Maybe that’s a sign that the 200+ Series is already on the horizon. )

This comes at a time when the venerable Land Cruiser turns 60, and during a year when UK’s Glass Motoring Guide (think Edmunds with an accent) awarded the platform with the highest residual value in the British marketplace: 72.2% during a three-year period.  Adrian Rushmore managing editor of Glass’s Guide, said: “The Toyota Land Cruiser has never been a victim of distress marketing by the manufacturer and this has ensured used examples have been in very limited supply. It enjoys the credentials of being a durable and reliable workhorse, an image that has endured for many years.”

Hear, hear.

A Toyota Motor Sales USA representative could not confirm if the leaked images were actually from an official Toyota brochure, and said at this stage he cannot confirm when we can expect this 200 Series stateside, or that we can at all, for that matter.  From what we glean after roaming around the interwebs, our guess is that the US and Aussie models won’t drop until the ’13 model year.  I wonder if we’re going to get that 1VD twin turbo diesel in ours, too?

We can only dream.

Read More Here: Toyota Landcruiser 2012 Gets Facelift
Source: Drive Arabia, 07 December 2011

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