Toyota Land Cruiser 300 to go on sale soon

South African pricing and specification for Land Cruiser 300 announced

Reuben Van Niekerk
Toyota Land Cruiser 300
Land Cruiser 300
Toyota SUV range

The much-anticipated Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is set for an August debut in South Africa with the first production models ready to be shipped to eager buyers.

 

The 300 features a completely different frontal profile to that of the well-known 200. Although similarly angular a cohesive form gives it a far greater dynamic presence with some resemblance to the well-loved 80 series of the 1990’s, such as the classic two-box look.

 

A large and prominent radiator grille is flanked by sculpted rectangular headlamps that blend seamlessly into the grille. The bonnet incorporates a signature Land Cruiser centre channel. Rear trapezoidal tail lamps feature stylised light guides and are complimented by large Land Cruiser lettering and Toyota insignia.

 

A new platform

The Land Cruiser 300 is the flagship of the Toyota SUV range and needs to live up to the reputation of Master of Africa. A brand new ground up design on an all-new Toyota Global Architecture ladder frame chassis gives it the basis to do so and should find favour with off-road enthusiasts.

 

Under the bonnet

Powering the newcomer is an all-new engine line up comprising of a 3.5-litre V6 Twin Turbo petrol engine and a 3.3-litre V6 turbo diesel. Both engines focus on delivering increased efficiency, improved torque and improved levels of refinement compared to the previous V8 models.

 

The petrol-powered V6 offers 305kW at 5200rpm with 605Nm available from as low as 2000rpm. The new diesel engine delivers 225kW at 400rpm and 700Nm, which is available between 1600 and 2600rpm. Both new engines are mated to slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmissions with low-range functionality. Toyota claims fuel consumption figures of 12.1 litres/100km for the petrol and 8.9 litres/100km for the diesel.

 

New grades

Along with the introduction of the Land Cruiser 300 is a new grade line-up. GX-R continues as the utility focussed model while the ZX replaces the VX-R as the luxury focussed model. A GR-S grade will be offered which serves as the off-road performance model.

 

The GR-S features bespoke exterior styling and trim, rugged 18-inch alloy wheels and an off-road specification list.

 

The ZX model features 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome detailing and luxury-oriented trim for those buyers wanting to stand out from the crowd.

 

Specification highlights

A high level of specification on all models includes LED headlamps and DRLs, keyless entry, park distance control, an electric parking brake, climate control with rear zone, power driver-seat adjustment, multi-information display, navigation, crawl control and drive mode select.

 

ZX and GR-S models also feature power folding third row seating and back door, heated steering wheel, JBL sound system, Multi-Terrain Monitor, seat heating and ventilation for first and second row passengers, wireless charger and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality.

 

In addition the ZX model is fitted with a Wi-Fi enabled rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones while the GR-S model gets the high-tech E-KDSS system to maximise off-road capability.

 

Toyota Safety sense comes standard on the ZX and GR-S grades and offers a full suite of active safety aids.

 

Pricing and availability

Petrol ZX models will go on sale early in August while diesel and GR-S derivatives will follow shortly thereafter.

 

Land Cruiser 300 GX-R 3.3D

R1 283 200

Land Cruiser 300 ZX 3.3D

R1 765 500

Land Cruiser 300 ZX 3.5T

R1 797 100

Land Cruiser 300 GR-S 3.3D

R 1 811 900

Land Cruiser 300 GR-S 3.5T

R1 842 900

 

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