Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series unveiled
Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series is the latest in a lineage of iconic go anywhere vehicles as the successor of the 200-series
The Toyota Land Cruiser model range boasts a history spanning 70 years, with more than 10 million Cruisers sold in 170 countries. Toyota have unveiled the latest iteration in this long line of iconic off-road vehicles, the 300 Series.
The Land Cruiser 300 Series is the first new Land Cruiser model since 2007 and assumes its place as the flagship of the SUV range.
The engines, transmission and platform are all brand-new and engineered to deliver a leap forward in on-road and off-road performance.
Utilising a new TNGA platform, which is the first to be designed for a body-on-frame vehicle, the GA-F platform preserves exceptional off-road capability. Added benefits include body rigidity, strength and dynamic balance while providing a basis for new technologies, reducing weight, lowering the vehicles centre of gravity and improving safety.
The frame itself was redesigned to save weight and overall the new Land Cruiser is 200kg lighter than its predecessor. New suspension systems have been introduced with tuning focused on achieving maximum wheel articulation, keeping the tyres on the ground when traversing rough terrain and improving road-holding with a new Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. A Multi-terrain monitor gives the driver a real-time view of the road surface beneath and around the vehicle and also judges the quality of the surface in order to select the most appropriate driving mode.
New engine line up
Powering the Land Cruiser 300 are two new V6 twin-turbocharged engines, including a 3.5 litre petrol and a 3.3 litre diesel, engineered to offer performance and driveability that trumps that of a conventional V8. The 3.5-litre petrol offers 305kW and 650Nm while the 3.3-litre diesel boasts 227kW and 700Nm, which is a significant increase over it’s larger capacity predecessor.
Both engines are paired to a new ten-speed automatic transmission, which is also a big contributor to a 10 percent reduction in emissions and fuel consumption compared to the current model.
Heritage centric design
These advances in engineering are matched by a design that is faithful to the Land Cruiser heritage. Powerful, clean lines communicate strength along with maturity and sophistication. An attractive rectangular theme is complimented with a prominent front facade. Stylised light guides, alongside large horizontal slats with either black or chrome accents, depending on the model, maximise the visual impact.
Being able to place the vehicle when driving off-road is important, which is why designers retained the exterior dimensions including length, width, wheelbase and departure and approach angles of its predecessor.
Latest safety technology
Naturally the inherent robustness of the Land Cruiser’s construction and its sophisticated systems make for an extremely safe vehicle. Additional active safety and driver assistance systems including Toyota Safety Sense mean that nothing is left to chance. The ability of the Pre-Collision system (PCS) has been enhanced, with the technology now able to detect pedestrians and cyclists. When turning at junctions PCS can recognise potential collision hazards with both oncoming traffic and pedestrians crossing the road. A new Parking Support Brake recognises obstacles in front or behind the vehicle when manoeuvring.
When will it be available?
Three grades will be offered locally including a GX-R, ZX (which replaces the VX-R) and off-road biased GR Sport.
South Africa is an important Land Cruiser market and will therefore be one of the first countries to retail the new Land Cruiser 300 when it goes on sale in August this year. Detailed specification, pricing and model line-up will be made available closer to the time.
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