Toyota Land Cruiser

The Most Powerful Land Cruiser Ever The new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available in either three or five-door bodystyles with a choice of petrol or diesel engines.

The 3.0-litre, D-4D common rail turbo diesel – already among the most powerful and torquey in the sector - is carried over from the present model range and offers enormous torque with excellent fuel consumption. The engine develops 120kW (163DIN hp) at 3,400rpm with torque of 343Nm across an engine speed range of 1,600 to 3,200rpm. Maximum speed is 103mph (165km/h) with manual transmission and acceleration from 0-62mph in 13.0 seconds.

The all-new 4.0-litre, V6 petrol engine, available early in 2003, is the most powerful six-cylinder petrol powerplant in the class and gives the new Land Cruiser premium passenger car performance with a top speed of 112mph (180 km/h) and 0-62mph acceleration in 9.5 seconds. This lightweight alloy V6 develops 183kW (249DIN hp) at 5,200rpm and has 382Nm of torque at 3,200rpm. This is also the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Land Cruiser.

The new Toyota Land Cruiser has permanent four wheel drive with high and low ratios controlled through the transfer gearbox. A new Torsen limited-slip centre differential ensures excellent driving characteristics.

Toyota’s semi-active suspension (TEMS – Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) is available as standard on the top of the range five door model, offering even greater ride comfort over bumpy roads. Rear air suspension is also available – it replaces the conventional suspension springs by rubber bellows filled with compressed air. This suspension has an automatic levelling feature and allows the ride height to be adjusted at the push of a button.

Designed In Europe

The contemporary exterior styling of the new Toyota Land Cruiser was created in Europe at ED2, Toyota’s advanced design facility in the south of France. It is the third Toyota with styling led in Europe (after Toyota Yaris and new Toyota Corolla) and reflects the growing confidence and global creativity now developing at ED2.

The initial concept set out to be a ‘contemporary evolution’ to the traditional toughness and power of the Land Cruiser brand. The latest Toyota Land Cruiser is clearly new, yet it still manages to retain the identity of the previous Land Cruiser Colorado.

The overall rugged appeal of the new Toyota Land Cruiser is reflected in the interior design, which combines functionality with the quality of a premium passenger car.

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Published : 02/09/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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