All-new Toyota Land Cruiser premiered, twin-turbo engines plus sporty GR variant

Toyota has finally unveiled the all-new Land Cruiser, replacing the outgoing 200-series that has been in production since September 2007. The new model builds on Land Cruiser’s 70-year heritage and more than 10 million sales across 170 countries and regions.

The world premiere of the new model dubbed the 300-series took place in one of the Land Cruiser’s biggest market- Dubai. The all-new Land Cruiser now features a new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that is bespoke for the model, as it is the first to be designed for a body-on-frame application.

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The new GA-F platform was designed to be stiffer yet lighter, with the overall weight of the new Land Cruiser some 200 kg lower than its predecessor. Apart from a lighter chassis, advancement in powertrain technologies also means more compact engine and transmission units are used in the new Land Cruiser.

Two new twin-turbocharged V6 engines are on offer, with the 3.5-litre petrol developing 415 hp and 650 Nm of torque. The diesel mill meanwhile generates 309 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

The suspension system now features a world-first Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS), where hydraulic fluid is used to keep the body level on smooth roads while extending suspension stroke during off-road. Other areas of improvement for better off-road driving include a Multi-Terrain Monitor and the Multi-Terrain Select drive mode.

The all-new Land Cruiser will also offer a sportier GR variant that has a honeycomb grille and gloss black highlights based on observation of the images.

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As for the safety system, the Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance system now adds an oncoming traffic and pedestrian detection function while the new Land Cruiser is turning at an intersection. A new emergency steering and crash avoidance will also be featured to avoid a collision via steering and lane-keeping assistance.

More information on the new Land Cruiser 300-series will be presented by Toyota as the global launch and introduction to key markets begins from this summer.



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