The 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 will cost £62,285 when it goes on sale on March 1. Just one model will be offered, with a comprehensive level of equipment.
The Land Cruiser V8’s 4.5-litre turbodiesel has been revised to comply with Euro 5 standards. A diesel particulate filter has been fitted, allowing the main exhaust silencer to be reduced in size to improve fuel efficiency, noise and vibration.
Toyota’s Crawl Control now works with a world-first Turn Assist, which brakes the inside rear wheel when in low-range and under 6mph, allowing the Land Cruiser to execute tighter turns. Braking force increases with the steering angle, reducing the vehicle’s turning radius.
Multi-terrain Select modifies the throttle, brakes and traction control to suit a variety of off-road situations. Four cameras work in conjunction with MTS to show views of the front, rear and sides of the car to highlight blind spots and avoid hidden obstacles. Guidelines showing the predicted path of the tyres and length and width lines assist the driver to judge distances.
Externally, the 2012 car has revised headlamps with LED daytime running lights, chrome side mouldings and new rear lights. The front bumper has a sharply-trimmed lower section to avoid compromising off-road approach angles.
The cabin has a new audio panel, colour TFT multi-function display and chrome-plated details. The front seats now have a cooling function in addition to built-in heaters, the 40:20:40 rear seats can now slide fore and aft independently, and the centre seat folds to create an armrest.
An optional premium entertainment package is offered, which includes two eight-inch seatback-mounted monitors designed for a clear view from a wide angle range, and to be resilient to vibration on the move. It can play a wide range of file formats, such as DVD, CD, USB and SD cards and the screens can work independently to show different films or games consoles.
The most sophisticated version of Toyota’s latest multimedia system is fitted. Toyota Touch Pro enables connection to Google Local Search and Google Maps via a compatible smartphone.