On sale in the UK on 1 December
14 September 2009

Toyota has shown off its all-new Land Cruiser ahead of its official launch at the Frankfurt motor show tomorrow.

The new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available in the UK exclusively with five doors and seven seats, while one diesel engine is the only option in the range.

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Its 171bhp 3.0-litre D-4D will be mated to a five-speed auto’ ‘box. It has combined fuel economy of 34.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 214g/km, which Toyota claim are the best figures in its class.

The body-on-frame construction remains from the old model, but Toyota claims it has increased rigidity by 11 per cent. Insulating frame-to-body mounts have been added to absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, and to improve ride comfort.

Higher spec models will be offered with a new electronic kinetic dynamic suspension system, which adjusts the front and rear anti-roll bars for optimised on and off-road performance.

The top-spec LC5 model gets Toyota’s adaptive variable suspension system (AVS) with roll posture control, which offers a choice of three damper settings. An electronically controlled rear air suspension system works with the AVS, providing an auto-levelling function and switchable height control.

A new multi-terrain select system features, which automatically controls power and braking to optimise performance for different types of off-road surfaces. A multi-terrain monitor feeds real time images from around the vehicle from a network of four cameras to provide the driver with more information about the immediate surroundings.

Prices are expected to start at around £30,000 when it goes on sale on 1 December.

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14 September 2009

Big, butch, brutish... udoubtedly capable

But, Christ it's ugly!

(More to the point, why don't the pic links work on my pc...?)

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

14 September 2009

[quote esreveRnIefiL]

Big, butch, brutish... udoubtedly capable

But, Christ it's ugly!

[/quote]

Completely agree. Same as every other Land Cruiser that's gone before.

I'd still take a Land Rover product.

14 September 2009

I'll be sticking to my series 1 Landie and the Hafflinger

Take no notice... I'm only here for the biscuits

14 September 2009

[quote esreveRnIefiL]

I'll be sticking to my series 1 Landie and the Hafflinger

[/quote]

Good choice!

Pye

14 September 2009

Agree with the comments about looks. But hats off to Toyota emissions of 214g/km for a large 4x4. Why couldn't Landrover achieve this with the new LR5/RR Sport?

Still not "Green" by any stretch of the inagination but by getting it in below 225g/km avoids any punitive emissions tax that's sure to come.

14 September 2009

[quote Lee23404]

I'd still take a Land Rover product.

[/quote] That's because you know nothing about cars. This thing is super reliable and Landies are super unreliable. This thing is a working mans car... and for that you need a car that will start every time, not one that looks good to take the kids to school in and breaks down every now and then ;-)

14 September 2009

I was never really able to fall in love with any of their models, but they used to make at least acceptable vehicles. As far as this particular one is concerned, I am not so sure what it looks like or would look like in real, but if I had to describe this particular release purely on the basis of the photos which have been made available and that in one word, it would be: 'Revolting.'

14 September 2009

Can't believe that I find myself agreeing with you topkat, but you are right. The Toyota Landcruiser has long been THE VEHICLE of choice in Ireland for farmers, builders, landscapers, vets, equestrian people, civil engineers and some state (semi-state) bodies who need to cross fields as well as motorways. The Landcruiser has never been an object of beauty but my god is it capable, reliable, comfortable and easy to drive. I recently borrowed one from a friend to haul some outsize objects from a builders providers to my home. It is quite a machine. My sister's 2005 Range Rover is far more impressive to look at, ride in and play with, granted. But if I needed a workhorse, it would have to be the Landcruiser everytime. It is terribly ugly though.

14 September 2009

[quote Topkat]That's because you know nothing about cars. This thing is super reliable and Landies are super unreliable. This thing is a working mans car... and for that you need a car that will start every time, not one that looks good to take the kids to school in and breaks down every now and then ;-)[/quote]

Yeah, Landcruisers and Patrols piss all over Land Rovers, if ya want a real off-roader then go Japanese. Ask the Aussies and the Arabs, real life desert conditions, they don't want LR, coz they wanna live.

14 September 2009

[quote blasos1983]

[quote Topkat]That's because you know nothing about cars. This thing is super reliable and Landies are super unreliable. This thing is a working mans car... and for that you need a car that will start every time, not one that looks good to take the kids to school in and breaks down every now and then ;-)[/quote]

Yeah, Landcruisers and Patrols piss all over Land Rovers, if ya want a real off-roader then go Japanese. Ask the Aussies and the Arabs, real life desert conditions, they don't want LR, coz they wanna live.

[/quote]

Are you and topprat the same person. You do speak in the same strange language. Again in English please.

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