FRANKFURT PREVIEW: Toyota Land Cruiser takes European bow
Toyota GB is to offer the new Land Cruiser only from 1 December as a five-door model with five or seven seats with an updated 171bhp three-litre D-4D diesel engine and five-speed automatic transmission though a three-door body and a four-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine will be offered in some European markets.
Combined cycle fuel economy of the three-litre diesel is a claimed is a best-in-class 34.9mpg and CO2 emissions are 214g/km, improvements of 5.1 and 4.5% respectively on current Land Cruiser performance.
Rigidity of the body-on-frame construction has been increased by 11% and insulating frame-to-body mounts have been added to absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, and to improve ride comfort.
The front independent double wishbone and rear four-link lateral rod suspension systems have been revised for extra comfort and steering feel. Upper grade models are equipped with a new electronic kinetic dynamic suspension system (KDSS), which adjusts the front and rear anti-roll bars for optimised on and off-road performance.
The flagship version has adaptive variable suspension (AVS) with roll posture control, which lets the driver tune the ride characteristics with a choice of three damper settings. An electronically controlled rear air suspension system works with the AVS, providing an auto-levelling function and switchable height control. The air suspension is also effective in absorbing high frequency vibrations and reducing road-generated NVH.
Multi-terrain select, a new feature, automatically controls power and braking to optimise performance for different types of off-road surfaces. The multi-terrain monitor feeds real time images from around the vehicle from a network of four cameras to provide the driver with more information about the immediate surroundings. The new steering angle display shows the position of the vehicle's wheels and its predicted path, further helping the driver plot a safe route.
The crawl control feature lets the driver choose from five different setting to optimise vehicle set-up to tackle even extreme conditions with precision and control, without having to use the throttle or brake pedals. It will also help the driver free the vehicle, should it become stuck in mud or sand.
Sales began today in the Japanese domestic market where the model is called the Land Cruiser Prado. Retail prices range from JPY3.15m to JPY4.75m. Engine sizes there are 2.7 and four litres.
Sales of four litre petrol models begin, also with the Prado appendage, in Novermber in Australia, the fourth largest market for the line.