Toyota is expanding its Land Cruiser Commercial range with the addition of a new, higher-specification Active model for the New Year.

The Land Cruiser Commercial Utility was launched in 2018 as a rugged, no-nonsense vehicle, aimed at customers who want practicality and the kind of hard-wearing, go-anywhere capability for which the Toyota is renowned worldwide. The positive response this generated has helped prompt the introduction of the Active version, which comes with extra equipment features but is no less a redoubtable performer, whatever the conditions.

Both short (three-door) and long-wheelbase (five door) versions will be available, powered by a muscular 2.8 D-4D engine with 420Nm of torque on tap. The transmission is a six-speed automatic, in place of the manual gearbox featured in the Utility model.

The specification upgrades add extra touches of style, convenience and comfort. On the outside there are new 19-inch six-spoke silver alloy wheels and body-colour door handles and door mirror casings. In the cabin there is dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system with DAB radio reception, and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with eight-inch touch screen. Additional handling and safety features include rear parking sensors, reversing camera, Hill-start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.

Customers can take advantage of a number of accessory options to increase the Land Cruiser Commercial Active’s usefulness, including a navigation system, and seven or 13-pin tow bars. An Essential Protection Pack adds a rear bumper plate and rubber floor mats.

In other aspects, the Active grade carries forward the Utility specifications, including cruise control, Bluetooth, smart entry, mudflaps and automatic headlights.

The Land Cruiser Commercial can tow braked loads up to three tonnes and is fitted with an edge-to-edge non-slip floor tray and side-hinged tailgate. The load space can also be accessed through the rear doors on the long-wheelbase model, with the rear windows covered by an opaque film that matches the body colour. All versions come with a full-height metal bulkhead with a strong mesh upper section and access hatch.

The new Land Cruiser Commercial Active is available to order now with customer deliveries from March 2020. Commercial vehicle on-the-road prices are £32,969 for the short wheelbase model and £33,932 for the long-wheelbase version.

Toyota Land Cruiser Commercial Active Grade