What is it?
This is the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4. Pretty much everything about it is new, except the concept. The ladder frame chassis has been enlarged and strengthened, and the car has grown in all directions.
Most important for the European market is the introduction of the new V8 diesel engine - the only motor this new Amazon replacement comes with - which is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. There’s also a completely redesigned Lexus-style interior.
What’s it like?
The Land Cruiser has finally got the performance hike it needed. Toyota claims that the new 282bhp, 480lb ft diesel V8 can propel the car to 60mph in just over eight seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph. And it feels that way too.
Wind the torque converter up and side step the brake, and the Land Cruiser's 2555kg launch themselves forward with a squeal from all four corners. The torsen centre differential has a rear bias that, combined with some passive rear steer from the revised suspension geometry, has all but eliminated understeer on high speed corners.
The Land Cruiser’s diesel engine is surprisingly gruff and could do with more sound insulation, but in other areas refinement is on a par with its competitors. The low wind and tyre noise is particularly impressive.