09 Mar 2012

New Heart For Toyota Landcruiser

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Toyota's iconic LandCruiser 200 wagon has received a heart transplant with the introduction of a more powerful and more efficient V8 petrol engine.

LandCruiser's new 4.6-litre V8 features variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust ports, lifting power and torque while improving fuel economy and lowering emissions.

The new V8 leads a series of improvements to the LandCruiser 200, which remains true to its off-road heritage with uncompromising, go-anywhere capability.

LandCruiser, the top-selling vehicle in its class for decades, gains new and updated equipment for 2012 that adds to its looks, performance and customer appeal.

Off-road technology has advanced across the range with a new multi-terrain anti-skid braking system that detects and automatically adapts to off-road conditions, supplementing the standard vehicle stability control and active traction control.

The two top grades, LandCruiser VX and Sahara, gain Multi-Terrain Select that regulates wheel-spin in tough off-road conditions with five driver-selectable modes: rock, rock and dirt, mogul, loose rock, mud and sand.

Top-of-the-range Sahara adds to LandCruiser's reputation as "king off the road" with Multi-Terrain Monitor, utilising four wide-angle cameras for checking "blind" spots and revealing terrain hazards and apexes that are normally hidden from the driver's view.

Other LandCruiser Sahara features include air-conditioned front seats, upgraded navigation system, power-operated tailgate, and three-position memory for the power driver's seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors.

All grades feature fresh exterior styling, including a new front mask with revised bumpers and grilles, and interior upgrades incorporating the latest audio systems.

LandCruiser's new V8 petrol engine is fitted with an acoustic control induction system that enhances performance at high engine speeds and improves torque lower in the rev range.

Engine capacity is reduced by 56cm3 to 4608cm3, yet power increases by 12.9 per cent to 228kW at 5500rpm and torque by 7.1 per cent to 439Nm at 3500rpm.

To help reduce cold-start emissions, a new single-pump air injection system speeds the warming of the catalysts by inducting air through the exhaust ports.

Fuel economy has improved by 6.2 per cent to 13.6 litres/100km while CO2 emissions are down by 8.2 per cent to 313 grams/km*.

Designated 1UR-FE, the new engine has a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the five-speed in the previous petrol engine.

This is the same AB60F six-speed unit fitted to 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel LandCruiser 200 variants. The final gear ratio is shorter in the petrol models (4.300:1 v 3.909).

The transmission has artificial intelligence control, which allows its computers to select the appropriate gear ratio by estimating road conditions and predicting the driver's intention.

LandCruiser 200 GXL, VX and Sahara customers can choose between the new petrol engine and Toyota's 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo common-rail diesel engine. The GX grade is offered with the diesel engine.

All LandCruiser 200 variants now have 138-litre fuel-tank capacity with 93-litre main and 45-litre sub tanks.

The latest LandCruiser range has nine exterior colours with the addition of shimmer (metallic silver) and black mica. There are three interior trim colours - grey, black and shell beige.

LandCruiser has evolved over time, from a basic four-wheel drive utility vehicle in its early years to an upscale eight-passenger SUV now sold in 188 countries.

LANDCRUISER GX

Toyota's rugged five-seat LandCruiser GX is powered by the 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD with Torsen® limited-slip centre differential and two-speed transfer case.

It gains centre wheel caps for the 17-inch steel wheels and is distinguished by rear combination lamps with large dual LED lamps and a new black grille.

Toyota's off-road cruise-control system, CRAWL, has been improved from three low-speed settings under 25km/h to five settings.

CRAWL automatically controls the engine output and brake hydraulic pressure to maintain a low uniform vehicle speed with minimal wheel spin or lock-up, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering.

The system now includes an Off-road Turn Assist function that makes it easier to negotiate sharp bends by, for example, automatically applying the inside rear brake.

New computer logic has resulted in a Multi-Terrain ABS that adapts to driving conditions (including sand, mud and gravel) by detecting engine output, acceleration and wheel speed.

Inside, GX gains an economy meter in the instrument cluster - a feature progressively being fitted to Toyota vehicles to encourage fuel-efficient driving.

Other standard GX features includes six airbags (1 x driver, 1 x front passenger, 2 x front side, 2 x curtain shield), vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist and multi-terrain anti-skid brakes.

For customers who tend to torture, not just drive, their LandCruisers, the GX is fitted with vinyl floors, twin barn doors at the rear (vertically hinged), 17-inch steel wheels, a snorkel, 93-litre main and 45-litre auxiliary fuel tanks and under-body protection plates.

Manual air-conditioning, power windows with driver's auto up/down and power-operated exterior mirrors are among the creature comforts.

Fuel economy for the common-rail twin-turbo diesel remains at 10.3 litres/100km with CO2 emissions at 273 grams/km*.

Available exterior colours are glacier white, silver pearl, graphite and ebony - all with the grey fabric interior.

The GX price is unchanged at $77,990**.

As with its predecessor, the new range is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with services capped at $210 for each of up to six standard scheduled services in the first three years or 60,000km***.

LANDCRUISER GXL (in addition to GX)

All other LandCruiser variants - GXL, VX and Sahara - offer drivers the choice of two V8 engines - the new 4.6-litre petrol or the 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel.

GXL, fitted with eight seats and 17-inch alloy wheels, gains satellite navigation with a new 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system that includes a single CD and USB input.

An alarm system has been added as well as a 220-volt connector in the rear, while a reversing camera is standard.

New styling incorporates a black grille with chrome surround and newly styled halogen headlamps with an independently boxed clearance lamp positioned between the low and high-beam lamps.

Side turn indicators are integrated with the exterior mirrors while the rear adopts new dual-LED lamps. It also has a roof spoiler.

Petrol GXL costs $83,990 while twin-turbo diesel GXL is $88,990**.

The Australian-invented KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) is standard on the petrol version and a $3,250 option on the diesel.

KDSS provides longer wheel articulation for the most challenging off-road driving and the roll control needed for confident on-road driving.

LANDCRUISER VX (in addition to GXL)

LandCruiser VX and Sahara offer new off-road technology, convenience features and styling improvements.

Both grades introduce Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) to the LandCruiser line-up - the next step beyond active traction control and all-terrain ABS.

MTS regulates wheel-spin, while multi-terrain ABS regulates lock-up to ensure optimum traction in any off-road scenario.

VX and Sahara have a new grille with chrome surround and a grey metallic painted inner profile, chrome surrounds for the foglamps, parking sensors front (two) and rear (four).

They feature newly styled auto-levelling high-intensity discharge headlamps with washers and daylight running lamps with six power-saving LEDs (light emitting diodes).

Both grades are fitted with rain-sensing wipers, newly styled 18-inch alloy wheels and power retractable exterior mirrors.

Inside, they have leather-accented trim, chrome highlights and a revised multi-information display that adopts colour graphics. The diesel variant has seven seats and the petrol variant has eight seats.

VX models are fitted with a 3.5-inch thin-film transistor screen for viewing the multi-information display.

Other standard features on VX and Sahara include KDSS, driver and front-passenger knee airbags, side airbags for the second row, moonroof and power-adjustable front seats.

Prices are $94,990 for the petrol and $99,990** for the twin-turbo diesel.

LANDCRUISER SAHARA (in addition to VX)

Key features already mentioned above include:
• Four-camera Multi-Terrain Monitor (wide angle front, rear, left and right side)
• Climate-control front seats
• Power-operated tailgate
• Multi-Terrain Select
• Driver's seat three-position memory settings

Additional new features for Sahara include a body-side moulding with chrome highlights, seat heaters for the second-row seats in addition to the two front seats, and hard disc drive map data for the navigation system.

Sahara's multi-information display now shows the steering-wheel angle, digital speed and turn-by-turn display linked to its electro multi-vision navigation system.

Other standard Sahara luxury items include four-zone climate-control air-conditioning, a cool box, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and electro-chromatic rear-view mirror.

Prices are $113,990 for the petrol and $118,990 for the twin-turbo diesel.

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