September 2, 2013. With over 60 years of off-road heritage, the Toyota Land Cruiser has become an icon in the 4WD market. Its unrivalled off-road performance and durability have earned it a rock-solid reputation as one of the world's toughest and most reliable 4x4s.
The Toyota Land Cruiser has attracted millions of customers globally since its launch, taking it to even the harshest environments in all seven continents - including Antarctica.
Key to the Land Cruiser's peerless off-road capability is its combination of a highly durable, deformation-resistant, body-on-frame construction with the unique level of guidance and technical support it offers drivers. Several user-friendly functions not only make tricky sections passable in terrain where even the most skilful drivers might otherwise struggle, but also assist beginners with their driving technique.
The five modes of Multi-terrain Select give drivers suitable guidance, take them through operating procedures and automatically control power output and braking inputs. And 5-step Crawl Control allows the driver to negotiate even the most extreme obstacles with maximum precision and control. In conjunction, the Multi-terrain Monitor increases the driver's awareness of his immediate surroundings and intended path.
The new Land Cruiser now features a consolidated centre console switch panel offering drivers easier, more intuitive control of the vehicle's off-road systems. And a new 4.2" colour TFT multi-information screen provides significantly enhanced off-road driving assistance with the addition of new angle gauge, traction control operation at each wheel and differential lock operation screens.
Helping even unskilled drivers maximise the vehicle's off-road performance, the unprecedented sophistication of these control and guidance refinements make the new Toyota Land Cruiser one of the most technically advanced, safe, pleasurable and easy to use four-wheel drive vehicles in the world.
However, recognising that style, comfort and on-road performance are equally important to customers, the new Land Cruiser combines this full off-road capability with a refreshed exterior design, even higher standards of quality and comfort, and superior on-road driving pleasure.
The Land Cruiser's new face draws on several structural elements from its unique design heritage; a further evolution of the classic Land Cruiser grille and a vertical, two-step construction accentuating the new Toyota's rugged appearance.
A comprehensive interior upgrade combines new switchgear and instrumentation with enhanced trim and ornamentation, improved second and third row seat designs with new fabrics, and new interior colour schemes.
Revisions to both the standard suspension and the electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) have improved on-road handling stability and ride comfort. The 3.0 litre diesel engine has been updated to comply with EURO 5+ emissions regulations. And safety performance has been further improved through the addition of a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system.
No other SUV can offer the new Land Cruiser's unique combination of off-road performance and on-road dynamics. Its powerful road presence, enhanced ride quality and high levels of sophisticated, ownership experience-enhancing on-board technology hallmark it as a premium 4x4 with the perfect blend of go-anywhere capability, comfort and refinement.
Bolder Design and More Refined Interior Quality
External size increases to the new Toyota Land Cruiser have been kept to a minimum, safeguarding its excellent on- and off-road agility. At 4,780 mm, the new 5-door model is just 20 mm longer than its predecessor, maintaining its exceptional manoeuvrability and a minimum turning circle of just 5.8 metres.
The length of the 3-door model also increases by just 20 mm, to 4,335 mm, and its minimum turning circle remains only 5.2 metres.
The wheelbase and rear overhang lengths of both models remain the same, while new front styling increases their front overhangs by 20 mm to 915 mm. Despite this, the 32 degree off-road approach angle is unchanged. Both the 25 degree departure and 22 degree ramp breakover angles also remain identical to those of the current model, ensuring the Land Cruiser's renowned off-road abilities have not been compromised.
The exterior design of successive Land Cruiser generations has combined the stylish aesthetics of a vehicle entirely at home in any environment with the robust image of durability and power expected from a genuine four-wheel drive machine.
The face of the new Land Cruiser draws on several structural elements from this unique design heritage. It combines a high-positioned face, an integrated headlamp and radiator grille structure and a vertical, two-step construction to reinforce the Toyota 4x4's toughness, reliability and outstanding off-road performance.
The newly designed radiator grille and rectilinear headlamp clusters have been integrated into a single, more powerful-looking structure, which has been positioned higher to offer increased component protection during off-road driving.
A further evolution of the classic Land Cruiser grille, the thick metallic plated structure of the new grille features five powerfully projecting vertical bars which sink directly into the front bumper, giving the perception of a larger grille and a thicker front bumper to accentuate the new Toyota's rugged appearance.
The bars feature three different, grade-dependent finishes: black (Entry), metallic plating (Legend), or a combination of metallic plating and silver paint (Prestige and Executive).
Integrating high and low beams, a front turn signal lamp and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) within a distinctive new casing, the headlamp clusters may be equipped with either halogen or LED headlamps, the latter incorporating LED DRL. Further strengthening the visual identity of the new Land Cruiser, the lamp casing interior is finished in powder-coated aluminium and black, and features 'Land Cruiser' badging above the turn signal lamp.
Incorporating new, integral fog lamps, the vertical, two-step construction of the new, over-sized front bumper design offers improved protection to the radiator grille and headlamps. Reinforcing the Toyota Land Cruiser's broad, powerful stance and go-anywhere credentials, the sharply trimmed lower section minimises the effect of the front overhang on the vehicle's off-road driving approach angle.
To the rear, new lamp clusters feature solid, clear lens blocks inset within a red-accented, powerfully three-dimensional design. As with the headlamps, the 'Land Cruiser' logo is integrated within the lamp casing.
A new, more three-dimensional license plate garnish has been widened to overlap the license plate panel. It features shaved ends to emphasise the solid, sculpted block nature of the garnish, reinforcing the new Toyota 4x4's rugged, powerful design language.
The vehicle profile is enhanced by newly designed 17" 6-spoke and 18" 12-spoke wheels, the former also available in steel.
The new Land Cruiser is available in a choice of ten body colours, including four new to the model range: Attitude Black Mica, Bronze Mica Metallic, Dark Green Mica and Dark Blue Mica.
While it remains a tough, go-anywhere off-roader in the long tradition of its name, the Land Cruiser is also a first class on-road vehicle which sets high standards for interior quality, comfort, flexibility, convenience and state-of-the-art technology.
The new Land Cruiser features a comprehensive interior design upgrade. It includes a new centre console upper panel, a new off- and on-road driving control switch panel, a new Optitron meter design incorporating a new 4.2" colour TFT multi-information display, enhanced dashboard and door trim and ornamentation, improved second and third row seat designs with new fabrics, and new interior colour schemes.
The robust, functional geometric dashboard design features a strong horizontal form penetrated by a prominent vertical centre console. Within the upper console, a new, brushed metal audio control panel has been located above the 7" full-colour display, accentuating the strongly three-dimensional nature of the design. Below the automatic air conditioning controls, a new switch panel offers comprehensive control of the new Land Cruiser's off- and on-road driving technology.
Central to this panel, a new, switchable dial offers simple, intuitive control of both the Multi-terrain Select system and Crawl Control speed adjustment. The dial features a knurled finish and both ring and pointer illumination for maximum clarity and useability under even extreme off-road driving conditions.
The 4WD and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system switches located either side of the new dial also feature knurling and pointer illumination, whilst the air suspension, Multi-terrain Select, Crawl Control, centre and rear differential locking switches now incorporate chrome-plated separators for enhanced visibility and ease of use.
Similarly, a revised driver's instrument binnacle incorporating new Optitron meters and a new multi-information display has been designed for maximum clarity under all working conditions. The new Optitron tachometer and speedometer combine a more three-dimensional design with new, thinner dial needles and blue illumination around the dial edges.
Located between the meters, a new 4.2" colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) multi-information display operates in conjunction with the steering wheel-mounted multi-information switch to support the driver with a comprehensive range of vehicle information.
Fully described in the Driving Performance section, enhanced off-road driving assistance is provided by the addition of new angle gauge, traction control operation at each wheel and differential lock operation screens. In addition, the multi-information screen also features new headlamp levelling, LED headlamp, tire pressure warning, blind spot monitor and traction control OFF indicators.
Dashboard and door trim and ornamentation have been comprehensively upgraded to enhance both tactility and perceived quality. The dashboard, centre console, gear lever, steering wheel, door panels and console rear end panel feature a combination of piano black and wood grain finishes, whilst the meter rings, air conditioning panel dials, audio control panel, steering wheel ornamentation and air vent surrounds are highlighted in an aluminium finish, the latter with chrome plated knobs.
The forward folding angle of the second row seats has been increased from 33.8 degrees to 46 degrees, improving ease of entry and exit for third row seat users. Seat heating is now available for the outside second row seats, offering independent operation with two temperature levels.
The appearance of both the second and third row seats has been enhanced by the addition of double outer stitching in models equipped with Premium fabric and leather upholstery. Leather upholstery features contrast colour stitching for a more luxurious appearance.
And an automatic interior illumination off function has been added to prevent battery drain. Interior illumination is automatically turned off 20 minutes after the ignition has been turned off, regardless of the switch position or the doors being opened or closed.
The new Toyota Land Cruiser is available with a choice of two new interior colour schemes: Black and Ivory.
Enhanced On- and Off-Road Driving Performance
With over 60 years of heritage and a reputation as one of the world's toughest and most reliable 4x4s, the Toyota Land Cruiser does not compromise in the field of off-road ability.
Unlike rival, monocoque SUVs, much of its legendary off-road toughness may be attributed to the Land Cruiser's robust, highly durable body-on-frame construction, which can withstand the higher forces inherent in harsh off-road use without suffering permanent deformations.
In conjunction with this uniquely rugged construction, the Land Cruiser features a wealth of advanced technologies that improve the vehicle's usability over even the most challenging terrain, assisting the driver and contributing to occupant safety, regardless of driver ability.
A new switch panel offers drivers easier, more intuitive control of the new Land Cruiser's off-road systems, and a new multi-information screen provides significantly enhanced off-road driving assistance.
The new Land Cruiser combines even greater off-road capability with superior on-road driving pleasure and the highest standards of quality and comfort. Revisions to both the standard suspension and the electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) have improved handling stability and ride comfort.
A further significant advantage of the vehicle's ladder frame construction is that it allows noise and vibration from the engine, drivetrain and road to be absorbed directly by the frame, significantly reducing the amount of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) entering the cabin. To that end, the Toyota Land Cruiser's frame-to-body mounts are packed with insulating rubber to absorb NVH and further enhance ride comfort.
The new Land Cruiser is available with a choice of two engines: a 4.0 litre V6 petrol engine or a 3.0 litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel. As a result of various modifications, the 3.0 litre diesel unit now complies with EURO 5+ emissions regulations.
The new Land Cruiser benefits from a revised front independent double wishbone and rear four-link with lateral rod suspension. The shock absorber oil seal construction and damping force have been optimised to help ensure reliability whilst improving handling stability and ride comfort.
The new Land Cruiser may also be equipped with an extensively revised electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which optimises the effect of the front and rear stabilisers for enhanced performance both on- and off-road.
The front cylinder rod diameter, rear cylinder piston diameter, front stabiliser bar diameter and thickness, front stabiliser bush inner diameter, front lower arm stabiliser bracket thickness and frame KDSS bracket thickness have all been optimised, realising a more gentle vehicle behaviour, revising the front/rear weight transfer whilst cornering, and promoting excellent handling stability and ride comfort.
The new Land Cruiser further benefits from an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system which allows the driver to fine tune the vehicle's ride characteristics with a choice of 'Normal', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' settings.
Operating in conjunction with AVS, an electronically modulated rear air suspension features five control modes - including an Auto Levelling function and a switchable Height Control function- to maintain optimum control of the rear four-link with lateral rod suspension regardless of occupant numbers or payload.
Off road, KDSS virtually disconnects both front and rear stabiliser bars, further enhancing the Toyota Land Cruiser's outstanding wheel articulation to ensure ground contact for all tyres over even the most severe terrain. And both AVS and the electronically modulated rear air suspension systems feature bespoke, off-road settings to maximise the vehicle's all-terrain abilities.
The Land Cruiser's proven, permanent four-wheel drive, two-motor transfer system employs a Torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD) in the centre differential. It is capable of automatically varying torque distribution between the front and rear wheels from 50:50 to approximately 30:70, in order to provide optimum torque distribution for any given scenario. In addition, the rear differential may be locked to maximise the vehicle's off-road capabilities.
Further enhancing the Land Cruiser's permanent four-wheel drive technology, an Active Traction Control system (A-TRC) uses both brake and engine control to distribute torque appropriately to all four wheels.
Available on all models with five-speed automatic transmission a Multi-terrain Select system (MTS) offers drivers a choice of five terrain modes: Mud & Sand, Loose Rock, Mogul, Rock and Dirt & Rock. The system automatically modifies the vehicle's throttle, braking and traction control systems to suit the off-road conditions, providing the driver with optimum traction and vehicle control for any given scenario.
Offering a choice of five speed settings, Crawl Control automatically controls the engine and brakes to maintain a set vehicle speed, helping the driver slowly descent or ascend slopes at a walking pace, or free the vehicle when stuck, without the need to touch the pedals.
Off-Road Driver Assistance
Both control of these diverse systems and monitoring of the vehicle's off-road performance have been made easier, faster and more comprehensive by the installation of a new centre console control panel and the addition of a new multi-information screen.
Central to the new panel, a switchable dial offers control of both the Multi-terrain Select system and Crawl Control speed adjustment. The panel further incorporates 4WD, AVS, MTS and Crawl Control, and centre and rear differential locking switches, offering drivers complete control of all the Land Cruiser's off-road systems via one intuitive, simple-to-operate panel.
Located between the new Optitron meters in the driver's instrument binnacle, a new 4.2" colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) multi-information display operates in conjunction with the steering wheel-mounted multi-information switch to provide the driver with a comprehensive range of vehicle information. This includes MTS mode and prompting, vehicle suspension height and off-road system operation in real time.
Enhanced off-road driving assistance is provided by the addition of new angle gauge, traction control operation at each wheel and differential lock operation screens. Information regarding individual wheel traction control, steering angle and differential lock operation can now be displayed simultaneously, significantly enhancing driver assistance during challenging off-road conditions.
When MTS begins operation, a Multi-terrain Monitor will automatically display the view ahead of the vehicle on the 7" centre console display screen. Using front, front and rear side, and rear cameras, the system features a versatile display mode capable of showing either independent or combined, front, side and rear views.
The Multi-terrain Monitor also displays a comprehensive range of additional information, including the view range of the cameras, the locations of obstacles detected by the clearance sonar, steering linked guide lines which predict the path of the front tyres, vehicle width and length parallel lines, and the position of the front and rear tyre contact patches.
Engines and Transmissions
5-door versions of the new Toyota Land Cruiser are available with a choice of two engines: a 4.0 litre V6 petrol engine or a 3.0 litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel. All 3-door versions are equipped with the 3.0 litre turbodiesel.
The petrol V6 is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, whilst the diesel unit may be equipped with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.
The 2,982 cc, 16 valve, DOHC four-cylinder common rail turbodiesel is renowned for its strong, instantaneous delivery of the low-end torque essential for off-road driving performance. The unit has now been upgraded to make it Euro 5+ compliant.
The engine develops 140 kW / 190 DIN hp at 3,400 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 3,000 rpm. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, it will accelerate the new 3-door Toyota Land Cruiser from 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds (10.6 with manual transmission) and on to a top speed of 175 km/h. CO2 emissions are 209 g/km (214 M/T), and the turbodiesel returns 7.9 l/100 km (8.1 M/T) in the combined cycle.
The new 5-door Land Cruiser will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11.0 seconds (11.4 M/T) and on to a top speed of 175 km/h. CO2 emissions are 213 g/km (217 M/T), and combined fuel consumption 8.1 l/100 km (8.2 M/T).
The petrol engine is a lightweight, 3,956 cc, 24 valve, chain-driven DOHC, direct injection V6 with Dual VVT-i. It develops 207 kW / 282 DIN hp at 5,600 rpm and 385 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, offering 0-100 km/h acceleration in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h. It generates CO2 emissions of 256 g/km, and the V6 returns 10.8 l/100 km in the combined cycle.
The new Land Cruiser is equipped with one of the most comprehensive, technically advanced ranges of active and passive, on- and off-road safety features ever launched by Toyota.
In addition to a sophisticated Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system that can help reduce collision damage and injury, it features the full range of braking, traction control and stability systems on the market today: ABS, complete with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Traction Control and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system.
Moreover, the Toyota Land Cruiser is equipped with several brake control systems specifically tailored to enhancing its off-road performance and ease of use in even the most taxing terrain: Hill-start Assist Control and Down-hill Assist Control, a Multi-terrain ABS function and Active Traction Control (A-TRC).
Both safety and driver convenience are further enhanced by the availability of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Back and Clearance sonar, a Tyre Pressure Warning system, Trailer Sway Control, a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and a new Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system.
The RCTA system employs the BSM radar to alert the driver backing out of a parking space to approaching vehicles which may not be visible in either the rear view monitor or door mirrors. When approaching vehicles are detected, the system flashes the indicator lights on the door mirrors and also sounds a warning buzzer.
New Grade Structure with Enhanced Standard Equipment Specification
Both three and five door versions of the new Land Cruiser are now available in an expanded, four grade range: a new Entry grade, Legend, Prestige and top-of-the-range Executive.
All four grades feature an enhanced standard equipment specification, and an upgraded options list.
The new Entry grade features an impressive standard equipment specification which includes automatic air conditioning, smart entry and push start, a comprehensive array of Toyota safety systems, new 17" steel wheels, new fabric upholstery and a tire pressure warning system.
The options list includes front fog lamps, roof rails, a luggage cover, 17" alloy wheels and a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Building on the Entry specification with the addition of cruise control, electric, folding and heated door mirrors and a Chrome & Colour exterior pack, Legend standard equipment now also includes new 17" alloy wheels and a leather-clad steering wheel, hand brake and gear shift lever.
The upgraded options list features several new items including 18" alloy wheels paired with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), LED headlamps with integrated Daytime Running Lights (DRL), a Soft pack (upholstery fabric upgrade and seat heating), a Leather pack (leather upholstery and powered, heated seats), and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with 9 speakers.
Already including front fog lamps, rain sensing wipers, LED headlamps with integrated DRL, a power adjustable steering column and side and rear privacy glass, the Prestige grade standard equipment specification has been enhanced by the addition of new 17" alloys, new Optitron meters and 4.2" colour TFT multi-information display, powered seats with Premium fabric upholstery and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with 9 speakers.
New to the options list are 18" alloys, Lane Change Assist with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, front and rear seat heating, a Leather pack, a new Colour Leather pack (bi-colour upholstery and carbon fibre-style dashboard inserts), and a 14-speaker JBL audio system incorporating Toyota's new Touch 2 with Go navigation system.
The Executive grade's already comprehensive standard equipment specification has been further enhanced with the addition of new 18" alloy wheels, powered and heated front seats with a memory function, a leather and wood grain gear shift lever and heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker JBL audio system including the Touch 2 with Go navigation system, and Lane Change Assist with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The options list now includes the new Colour Leather pack, front and rear seat heating, a sunroof and Toyota's Pre-Crash Safety system.
The New Land Cruiser benefits from Toyota's unique range of affordable, touch-screen multimedia equipment; Toyota Touch 2 and the Toyota Touch 2 with Go navigation system.
Toyota Touch 2
Toyota Touch 2 is a 7 inch, full colour, touch-screen interface which represents a new approach to affordable, on-board multimedia systems.
The upgraded Toyota Touch 2 features a 800 x 480 resolution WVGA screen. The screen design has been revised for clarity, and now features mirror link mobile phone compatibility and slide operation for ease of use.
Now available in 20 languages, the Toyota Touch 2 is also equipped with an upgraded multimedia base unit with the addition of an SMS on-screen send/receive function incorporating a contact person image display.
The system incorporates AM/FM radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with a music streaming facility, and a USB port for the connection of portable music players, with the facility to display iPod album cover art. A rear view camera is fitted as standard.
Toyota Touch 2 with Go
Toyota Touch 2 with Go builds on the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia base unit, offering customers an enhanced, full map navigation system representing the best value for money on the market. The system was developed in Europe, with European customers in mind.
It includes all the most popular navigation functions, such as advanced traffic coverage, customisable speed limits, speed camera warnings, motorway signposting, automatic zoom and junction view at motorway intersections.
Using a compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth, the system offers on-board connectivity to Google Places - the largest and most up-to-date search database in the world. Via Google Maps, destinations may be input remotely from home or office, and Points of Interest may be downloaded for entry as destinations.
The upgraded Toyota Touch 2 with Go system further features a new map screen design, improved navigation data, better voice guidance, traffic visualisation, an SOS/emergency call assistance function and access to the on-line Toyota customer portal.
Further system access to online content and apps includes a Touch 2 with Go Apps function which offers several applications available for download, including fuel prices, weather and parking space information, and a new Twitter App.
Toyota Touch 2 with Go has been designed specifically to be both affordable and flexible. The system can be easily upgraded with the newest functions, updated maps and the latest Apps, as they become available.
source : Toyota Press