The All-New Toyota Land Cruiser | Part Three

Toyota New Land Cruiser 3-Door


Technically Advanced

The new Land Cruiser is one of the most technically advanced vehicles to be launched by Toyota. It is equipped with a series of electronic systems designed to make driving on and off-road safer, more refined and more pleasurable.

These include a world first with the introduction of electronic Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). This detects if the vehicle begins to slip backwards or develops wheelspin when starting on an uphill gradient and automatically adjusts the braking and wheel rotation to allow a controlled get-away. It forms one element of the Brake Control System, together with Downhill Assist Control (DAC). This system is available on LC4 and LC5 with automatic transmission.

A Truly Modern Toyota

The new Toyota Land Cruiser builds on a heritage of more than 50 years but is a truly modern Toyota. It is designed and engineered to embody the four elements of the Toyota European DNA that defines the company’s current product generation.

  • Superior Quality: premium interiors and equipment levels, combined with indisputable reliability and durability.
  • Design: a contemporary, European-influenced design with clear references to the Land Cruiser heritage and Toyota family identity.
  • Driving pleasure: ruggedness off-road and secure, comfortable and rewarding performance on tarmac.
  • Innovation: advanced technology used to increase all-round performance, safety and passenger comfort.
Design With A European Flair

An international team of engineers and designers developed the new Toyota Land Cruiser, working on an original concept produced by Toyota’s ED2 design studio in the South of France. ED2 has also been the cradle of the new Avensis, Yaris, Corolla and Avensis Verso models.

The designers worked to an initial concept of a contemporary evolution of the traditional durability and power of the Land Cruiser. The result is a look that is strong and purposeful, building on the identity of the Land Cruiser Colorado, but interpreted in a contemporary, European-influenced style.

Both three and five-door versions will be available, in normal or wide-body styles (depending on grade). The five-door accommodates up to eight people in three rows of forward-facing seats. All seats are equipped with three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests.

Most Powerful Land Cruiser Yet

The new Toyota Land Cruiser will be offered with a choice of two engines, offering a balance of power and economy that will make them the most efficient in their class.

The all-new 4.0-litre VVT-i V6 petrol unit, available in the UK from next March, is the most powerful engine yet to be offered in a Land Cruiser. Constructed in lightweight alloy, it develops 245bhp at 5,200rpm and offers 382Nm of torque at 3,800rpm. Acceleration from rest to 62mph can be achieved in 9.5 seconds.

The Land Cruiser will be available from launch on 2 January with the latest development of Toyota’s common rail 3.0-litre D-4D turbo diesel engine. Power output is 161bhp at 3,400rpm and maximum torque is a formidable 343Nm, available from 1,600 to 3,200rpm. The engine’s torque capabilities set a new standard in the market segment and give the new Land Cruiser distinct advantages in off-road and towing performance. On-road it will reach a top speed of 103mph (Auto:106mph) and accelerate from rest to 62mph in 12.7 seconds.

New Sales Ambitions

The new Land Cruiser will play an important role in Toyota’s strategy for further development of its European market performance. In the UK Toyota expects 2,500 sales for the new model in 2003, contributing to a Europe-wide target of more than 30,000. This in turn will help progress towards Toyota’s medium term goal of 800,000 total European sales by 2005.

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Published 7 December 2002 Melanie Carter

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