New Toyota Land Cruiser

The new 2005 model year Land Cruiser will make its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show. The key changes to Toyota’s legendary 4x4 are in its 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine. A new common rail injection system, a revised turbocharger and the introduction of a swirl control system have brought improvements in performance and fuel economy.

The most significant change is the increase in maximum torque to 410Nm. This is developed between 1,800 and 2,600rpm, with 90 per cent of the maximum available from 1,500rpm. This makes the engine the "torque-iest" four-cylinder unit on the market, with excellent pulling power at low engine speeds. Maximum power is also slightly increased, to 164bhp.

A new six-speed manual transmission is standard on the new Land Cruiser, designed to be compact and lightweight and to permit quick, smooth gearshifts. At the same time, the four-speed automatic gearbox is replaced by a five-speed unit that is equipped with AI-SHIFT, an artificial intelligence feature that adapts the gearchange pattern to suit road conditions and driver inputs. The addition of a linear solenoid valve reduces the shock when shifting gears, making for smoother and more refined operation.

The improvements to the engine and transmissions also yield reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. Models equipped with automatic transmission show combined fuel consumption improved by 15 per cent to 31.4mpg.

Other detail changes to the Land Cruiser include the addition of a new brake booster for improved brake feel and the installation of a dual-stage seatbelt fastening reminder with a flashing light and buzzer alarm if the front seat passenger forgets to buckle-up. Cruise control becomes standard on all UK-specification models and the top-of-the-range LC5 model gains a more sophisticated satellite navigation system with Electronic Traffic Avoidance (ETA).

Published : 04/09/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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