Toyota releases details of new LandCruisers
Car maker confirms specifications and pricing for new 300 Series LandCruiser, including two new upmarket variants.
Just one of six new Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series models will squeak in below the psychological $100k barrier when the latest instalment of Toyota’s legendary off-roader goes on sale here.
The car maker has released pricing and specification details for the new LandCruiser 300 Series range, which starts at $89,990 for the basic GX and rises to $138,790 (MRLP) for the all-singing and all-dancing Sahara ZX.
This compares with a price range of $80,996 to $124,396 (MRLP) for the outgoing LandCruiser 200 Series, which was available in just four versions.
The company acknowledged price increases for the new model ranging from 5.6-11.3%, but said that with its expanded specification the 300 Series represented “remarkable value” across the range.
The Japanese giant appears to be looking to both broaden the appeal of the LandCruiser wagon and take it further upmarket by adding two new models at the top of the 300 Series Range, seemingly designed to appeal to even more well-heeled clientele.
While the established GX, GXL, VX and Sahara carry over with the new model, two contrasting flagship variants have been added in the form of the LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport and the Sahara ZX.
A statement from Toyota said the $137,790 GR Sport offers “distinctive off-road character and prowess”, while the $138,790 Sahara ZX boasts “a high-quality focus emphasising peerless on-road luxury”.
Toyota Australia Vice-President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said the arrival of two new top-of-the-line LandCruiser variants would further broaden the customer appeal of the legendary 4WD.
"Our new GR Sport is the absolute expression of the LandCruiser DNA – the ultimate 4WD that is specially equipped for owners who truly love driving on rough trails and in off-road rallies," Mr Hanley said.
"The graceful styling of the Sahara ZX adds an even more prestigious and advanced high-quality image for customers who use their LandCruiser primarily for urban driving and holiday getaways with their families.”
The company said the 300 Series “offered new or upgraded features and technologies” across the range, “taking LandCruiser SUV luxury to new heights while advancing the legendary model's rugged reputation as the king off the road".
All six variants feature an all-new platform, a more powerful and efficient powertrain, and new equipment and technologies that Toyota said “improve LandCruiser's capability in every dimension”.
Describing the new LandCruiser 300 Series as “a giant leap forward in 4WD performance and technology”, an earlier statement from Toyota said the redesigned next-generation LandCruiser offered unrivalled capabilities, on and off the road, V8-beating performance from a twin-turbo V6 diesel engine, along with greater rigidity, lower weight, and improved suspension articulation.
Boasting fresh styling and the latest Toyota Safety Sense electronics, the 300 Series is based on a new TNGA platform and features greater body rigidity, reduced mass, better weight distribution and a lower centre of gravity.
Other attributes of the new model include a more powerful turbo diesel engine, advanced driving technologies, improved suspension, and increased wheel articulation.
A newly developed 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel engine may have some towing traditionalists worried that it won’t back up the stump pulling performance of the current 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel V8.
However, Toyota claims the new engine offers “V8-beating performance and flexibility”, with its power and torque outputs of 227kW and 700Nm representing a boost of 13.5 and 7.7 per cent over the 200 Series powerplant.
The smaller capacity and more hi-tech engine is also claimed to achieve “noticeably lower fuel consumption and emissions”, with combined cycle economy of 8.9L/100km, compared with 9.5L/100km with the outgoing model.
The engine is paired with a newly developed 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission and there are claimed to be kerb weight reductions across the range of more than 100kg.
Underpinning the burly new ‘Cruiser is a newly developed TNGA-F platform which Toyota says protects the vehicle’s off-road core by maintaining a body-on-frame structure, while the braked towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes matches the current model.
Every 300 Series model has a trailer wiring harness plus Toyota’s newly introduced Connected Services technology which includes automatic collision notification, an SOS button and stolen-vehicle tracking.
Improved suspension performance with increased wheel articulation has further expanded LandCruiser's traditional capabilities in the toughest of conditions, says Toyota, adding the GR Sport and Sahara ZX will be equipped with a new electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (e-KDSS) that provides even greater on- and off-road performance.
According to Toyota, e-KDSS enables advanced control of LandCruiser's suspension by independently locking and freeing the front and rear stabiliser bars.
“This results in two seemingly contradictory achievements: optimum road holding and wheel articulation in off-road environments combined with a smaller roll angle that delivers a higher level of on-road ride comfort and handling stability,” the company said.
Other firsts for a Toyota vehicle include a new Multi-Terrain Monitor that displays obstacles as viewed from the driver's viewpoint and the adoption of a Multi Terrain Select function that automatically judges the road surface and selects the best driving mode.
Newly developed independent front and four-link rear suspension systems promise superior on-road dynamics while a new AWD Integrated Management system that manages steering assist, brake and throttle control, shift pattern and drive torque distribution further aids handling and stability.
The latest Toyota Safety Sense package is standard across the range, including autonomous emergency braking as part of a pre-collision system that can detect pedestrians (day and night) and cyclists during the day.
The system can also detect oncoming vehicles at intersections and pedestrians crossing the street when the vehicle is turning in either direction.
An emergency steering and crash-avoidance function, which assists with steering and lane-keeping, is also triggered when the driver performs a steering manoeuvre to avoid a collision.
The new 300 Series also features all-speed active cruise control, auto high beam and lane-keeping technology that steps up to lane-trace assist with steering-wheel vibration in VX variants and above.
Other new features include a 9.0-inch display screen on GX and GXL (previously 6.1-inch), expanding to 12.3-inch on VX and above, smartphone integration, road-sign assist, dusk-sensing headlamps, electric park brake and downhill assist control.
Vehicle dimensions including length, width, wheelbase and approach and departure angles are very close to the outgoing model, depending on the variant, while features such as the bumper shape and placement of lighting components have been designed to help avoid damage during off-road driving, claims Toyota.
LandCruiser 300 Series pricing and features:
GX $89,990 (MRLP)
The entry-level GX is now fitted with a single-piece tailgate, in place of the previous two-piece horizontally split unit. The five-seater gains LED headlamps, keyless smart entry and ignition, two-zone automatic air-conditioning, steering-wheel controls, reversing camera and one-touch power windows for all doors.
GXL $101,790 (MRLP)
The popular seven-seat GXL gets newly expanded equipment levels include 18-inch alloy wheels, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitor, Qi wireless phone charger and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The GXL is also equipped for the first time with multi-terrain select, which helps in challenging road conditions by regulating wheelspin for improved traction.
VX $113,990 (MRLP)
The VX LandCruiser premium now features previously reserved for the upmarket Sahara, including power-adjustable steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats. Other standard inclusions are a 12.3-inch multimedia display screen, 10 speakers, a 7.0-inch colour multi-info display, four-zone automatic climate control, eight cupholders, and remote power windows. The VX also boast a rear parking support brake, panoramic view monitor and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management that links traction control, electronic stability control, electric steering, and other systems to improve handling and performance.
Sahara $131,190 (MRLP)
The new Sahara adds features specified for the first time in a LandCruiser including a 14-speaker premium JBL audio system, head-up display, heated steering wheel, easy-access ventilation for the heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, and easy-access seats.
GR Sport $137,790 (MRLP)
As the name suggests, the GR Sport draws inspiration from Toyota’s “Gazoo Racing” motorsport division and was purportedly developed as a base vehicle for the gruelling Dakar off-road rally. The GR Sport backs up this claim with standard front and rear differential locks and the world-first e-KDSS (electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System). Stylistically, GR Sport is distinguished by individual design elements including prominent Toyota lettering displayed across a gloss-black mesh grille, and GR Sport badging on the exterior and interior. Black is back in terms of the exterior palette, with black 18-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arches, side steps, door handles, mirror casings and window line. The interior offers the choice of two leather-accented trims. Equipment shared with the Sahara ZX includes five driving modes, adaptive variable suspension, adaptive high beam, and carbon trim.
Sahara ZX $138,790 (MRLP
Featuring a bold chrome grille, sleek headlights, new taillights and remodelled tailgate, Toyota says the Sahara ZX builds upon the functional styling of the core models but adds a more modern and refined accent. Distinguished by unique 20-inch alloy wheels, unique front bumper, body-coloured wheel-arch mouldings, illuminated side steps, front-door scuff plates, rear mudguards, and splashes of chrome on the thick rear bumper. The interior is leather-accented in black, beige, or red-and-black, with carbon-like highlights on the steering wheel, centre console and door trims. Stand-out equipment includes four heated and ventilated seats, hands-free tailgate with a kick sensor, and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
LandCruiser 300 Series specifications:
|Overall length|| GX/GXL/VX/Sahara: 4980mm
Sahara ZX: 5015mm
GR Sport: 4995mm
|Overallwidth|| GX: 2000mm (with snorkel)
GR Sport: 1990mm
|Front track|| GX (with 17" tyre): 1687mm
GXL/VX/Sahara/ZX/GR Sport: 1667mm
|Rear track|| GX (with 17" tyre): 1688mm
GXL/VX/Sahara/ZX/GR Sport: 1668mm
|Running ground clearance||235mm|
|Rear overhang|| GX/GXL/VX/Sahara/GR Sport: 1210mm
Sahara ZX: 1220mm
|Approach angle|| GX/GXL/VX/Sahara/GR Sport: 32°
Sahara ZX: 24°
Weights and capacities:
|Maximum kerb weight|| GX: 2470kg
Sahara ZX: 2570kg
GR Sport: 2580kg
|Gross vehicle mass||3280kg|
|Towing capacity|| 3500kg (braked)
|Fuel tank capacity||110 litres (80L main tank/30L sub-tank)|
|Seating|| GX/Sahara ZX/GR Sport: 5 people
GXL/VX/Sahara: 7 people
|Type||Twin turbo V6|
|Valve mechanism||24-valve DOHC, chain drive|
|Bore x stroke||86.0mm x 96.0mm|
|Power||227kW @ 4000rpm|
|Torque||700Nm @ 1600-2600rpm|
|Fuel system||Fuel injection|
|Min cetane number||48|
|Type||Permanent AWD with low-range transfer case|
|Differentials|| GX/GXL/VX/Sahara: Centre differential lock
Sahara ZX: Centre differential lock, torque- sensing rear LSD
GR Sport: Front/centre/rear solenoid actuator type differential locks
|Selectable modes||Multi-terrain select with Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, Rock modes (excluding GX)|
Fuel economy and CO2 emissions:
|Combined fuel economy||8.9 litres/100km|
|Extra urban fuel economy||7.6 litres/100km|
|Urban fuel economy||11.3 litres/100km|
|Combined CO2 emissions||235g/km|
|Extra urban CO2 emissions||199g/km|
|Urban CO2 emissions||296g/km|