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Toyota Land Cruiser Facelifted in 2016



Driving the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser deep within Denali National Park in interior Alaska.

Mount Denali, the tallest peak in North America, towers above the frozen landscape.




2016 Land Cruiser under the Northern Lights in Interior Alaska: a strong Aurora lights up the sky above the Land Cruiser.


Toyota Land Cruiser Aurora

Enjoying the View







The current design is expected to be the final iteration of the 200 series and will carry through to the 2018 model year. The next generation Land Cruiser will be unveiled as a 2019 model.

Land Cruiser Under Bright Aurora








Land Cruiser at Night
2016 to 2018 Land Cruiser






Toyota Land Cruiser in Interior Alaska




For 2016, the aging Toyota Land Cruiser 200 series, now in its 9th year, received a much needed facelift inside and out.


Toyota Land Cruiser Facelift

Enjoying the View







The current design is expected to be the final iteration of the 200 series and will carry through to the 2018 model year. The next generation Land Cruiser will be unveiled as a 2019 model.

Land Cruiser with BFG TA/KO2



Land Cruiser on Top of the World


Base of Mount Denali








Land Cruiser Overlooking the Valley




Toyota Land Cruiser in Interior Alaska


Taking the Land Cruiser to the beaten paths of interior Alaska. On this trip, not a sole in sight, for as far as the eyes can see...


Toyota Land Cruiser Facelift

Enjoying the View







Going to the top of a ridge line to enjoy the view of the valley below...

Land Cruiser with BFG TA/KO2



Land Cruiser on Top of the World


Classic Silver Metallic








Land Cruiser on the Tundra




Cruising The Great North




Living in Alaska is an adventure by itself. The wilderness begins a mere 30 miles from home, even if you live in Anchorage, the largest city in the 49th state. As you drive out of town, the busy streets and glaring city lights in your rear view mirror quickly fade into a beautiful landscape.



Land Cruiser Mt McKinley








  Manufacturer:
  Model:
  Year:
  Toyota
  Land Cruiser
  2011
  Engine:
  Horsepower:
  Torque:
  5.7L V8
  381 hp @ 5600 rpm
  401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
  Tires:
  285/65R18 BFG All Terrain TA/KO


After driving hundreds of miles, you realize how small and insignificant you are in this huge land, and sometimes the paved road in front of you is the only hint of civilization.






When you're in the middle of nowhere, mechanical failures can become a serious predicament. Being the adventurers that we are, braving the extreme cold and facing adverse driving conditions in the Arctic, the known reliability of the Land Cruiser is our best bet to make it back home safely.

In the Middle of Nowhere ...
LC200 Dashboard








LC200 in Interior Alaska





Arctic Expedition - Beyond Latitude 6633'


On this trip, we're taking the Toyota Land Cruiser above the Arctic Circle. We follow the narrow path winding through the white landscape and leading us North. The ice has taken its grip just about everywhere the eyes can see.


Land Cruiser in the Arctic

Dalton Highway in Winter







Even the roads are covered with a thick layer of ice for hundreds of miles on the Dalton Highway, rendering driving conditions extremely treacherous. Hitting the brakes, even gently, triggers the ABS every time.

Driving on Ice Roads




Atigun Pass is probably the most "gut wrenching" part of the trip, climbing to 4643 feet in elevation on snow and ice covered roads. Fortunately, we did not have to share the road with any of the huge tractor trailers at the time we engaged Atigun Pass.



Land Cruiser Atigun Pass
Going up Atigun Pass






Hang on to your seats while going down Atigun Pass in winter. We're experiencing what the "Ice Road Truckers" are going through every day on the Dalton Highway in winter.



Sukakpak Mountain









Land Cruiser in the Mud











Land Cruiser Under Starry Night





Alaskan nights can be cold with long periods of darkness in the winter, but the stars are particularily bright, making the Milky Way easily visible.









Land Cruiser Interior Shots


After a long cold night under the starry sky, we wait for the sun to slowly rises above the horizon, illuminating the snowy mountain range in warm pastel colors. It's the start of a beautiful day in Alaska.







Northern Lights



Being in Alaska, we often take pictures of the Northern Lights, and tonight they are particularily active, teasing us in the night sky above... It's a calling for adventure that we and our Land Cruiser could not pass in spite of the bitter cold winter.











Land Cruiser in a Frozen Landscape


Becoming night photographers, we explore the frozen Alaskan landscape in the wee hours of the night till dawn finally marks the start of a new day.

The LC200 feels right at home, and there is no other truck we'd rather be in while roaming this vast inhospitable land.







Land Cruiser at Sunrise



LC200 on Aurora Hunt


Outfitted with a Land Cruiser 200 series, we are on an Aurora hunt during the Alaskan winter. On this night, the temperature dips to 30F below zero.


Land Cruiser with Aurora








It's a fairly windy night, and with the windchill factor, the temperature feels like 50F below. Even the lens shows sign of frost on the front element. In spite of the heavy winter gear we are wearing, we can only stay out a few minutes at a time, coming back to the safety and comfort of the Land Cruiser.






Catching the final wave of Northern Lights for the night before we call it good.






Mount McKinley, Interior Alaska


It's another frigid day in January in interior Alaska, with temperatures reaching 40F below zero this time. Yes, the gauge from the Land Cruiser can actually read that low a temperature (That's a big improvement over the 4Runner which can only read 22 below). The extreme cold did not deter us from enjoying the beautiful snowy landscape, especially when Mount McKinley is visible in a distance.












BF Goodrich TA/KO Tires

Looking north






The Land Cruiser has 285/65R18 BF Goodrich TA/KO tires. In these extremely cold temperatures, the tire pressure drops by approximately 6 PSI.





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