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New Toyota LandCruiser at Sydney Motorshow

 New Toyota LandCruiser at Sydney Motorshow
New Toyota LandCruiser

Global debut

Global debut

Many thought that Toyota would debut their new LandCruiser at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, but Toyota management instead chose for the Sydney Motor Show down under in Australia. "It reflects the vital role Australia has played in the development of LandCruiser over almost 50 years." Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

The new LandCruiser grows in all areas, 60mm longer, 30mm wider and the roofline is 15mm higher, and its new styling gives the SUV a more powerful presence. The platform has been redesigned and strengthened for additional safety, a double wishbone front suspension setup increases handling and stability. Another first on a Toyota is the KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) hydraulic suspension system which controls the stabiliser bars for improved off-road and on-road driving.

The new LandCruiser is available with either a petrol or turbo-diesel V8 engine, both have considerably more power and torque compared to the previous generation. The petrol V8 also comes with the world's first Crawl Control system for driving on surfaces like rocks, sand or steep hills. The Crawl Control enables the driver to maintain low speeds with minimal spinning or locking of the wheels, and allows for minimal speed adjustments between 1 km/h and 5 km/h. Three speed settings allow the driver to focus entirely on steering the car and as a side bonus it helps when the car is stuck.

There is room for 8 in the new LandCruiser with plenty of safety and comfort features for all accupants, the SUV counts up to 10 air-bags, Smart Entry, Bluetooth and Sat-Nav.

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation
Published Sep 18, 2007 6:35 am By Frank
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Toyota's completely redesigned LandCruiser wagon will have its global motorshow debut in Sydney next month before going on sale in November. The new LandCruiser, to be known as the 200 series, will offer more powerful petrol and diesel V8 engines as well as other new technologies that enhance its performance. New LandCruiser will be unveiled at the Australian International Motor Show on October 11.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said Australia was chosen for LandCruiser's motorshow debut over the recent Frankfurt motor show in Germany. "This is a real coup for Australia," Mr Buttner said. "It reflects the vital role Australia has played in the development of LandCruiser over almost 50 years," he said. "LandCruiser has helped Toyota establish a deep connection with many of Australia's rural and regional communities - a connection that continues today. It has been a key factor in building the foundations for the market leadership that Toyota enjoys today in this country."

New LandCruiser is 60mm longer, 30mm wider and the roofline is 15mm higher - with styling changes that give it an even more powerful presence. The platform has been completely redesigned and retains a full-frame structure, which has been strengthened to increase safety, reduce noise and vibration and enhance interior comfort. A double-wishbone front suspension with coil springs replaces the previous torsion-bar set-up, improving handling and stability.

In another breakthrough for Australia, the new LandCruiser is available with the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) - originally developed by WA company Kinetic. This hydraulic system, used for the first time in a Toyota, controls the front and rear stabiliser bars to provide excellent on-road stability. KDSS also provides outstanding off-road performance through a larger suspension stroke achieved by effectively disabling the stabiliser bars.

Australian LandCruiser models will feature the choice of a new turbo-diesel V8 engine or a V8 petrol engine improved through intelligent variable valve timing. Both engines have considerably more power than their predecessors while the turbo-diesel engine offers a dramatic increase in torque. New LandCruiser petrol models feature the world's first "crawl control" system for driving on surfaces such as rocks, sand or steep hills.

Toyota's CRAWL automatically controls the engine and brakes to maintain very low speeds with minimal spinning or locking of the wheels. It allows for delicate speed adjustments between approximately 1km/h and 5 km/h. Three speed settings can be selected by the simple turn of a dial. This allows the driver to have a greater focus on steering and is also effective at extracting the vehicle if it becomes stuck.

LandCruiser can split power between the front and rear wheels through a Torsen® limited-slip centre differential built into the transfer unit of its full-time all-wheel-drive system. A newly adopted multi-terrain anti-skid braking system provides excellent braking performance even on dirt roads, gravel and sand.

Safety advances include the stronger body structure, vehicle stability control and up to 10 airbags - front, side and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, side airbags for the outboard second-row seats and curtain shield airbags for all three rows.
Inside, LandCruiser offers more space for up to eight people. Available features include Smart Entry and Smart Start, Bluetooth™ mobile-phone connection, satellite navigation and steering wheel controls.

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Comments (10)

 NICKKOP NICKKOP
GOOD JOB TOYOTA, NOW JUST BRING THE UNITED STATES A CLEAN DIESEL V6 OR V8 CRUISER
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September 28, 2007 12:16 am
 NICKKOP NICKKOP
UGLY??? CMON ITS ACTUALLY A NICE, CONSERVATIVE, STEADY EVOLUTION OF LANDCRUISER... DEFINITELY THE BEST FULL-SIZE 4X4 OUT THERE
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September 28, 2007 12:15 am
 markogb markogb
Toyota land Cruiser the best 4x4 to cruise the land
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September 24, 2007 8:21 am
 NICKKOP NICKKOP
GOOD JOB UPDATING THE LEXUS OF OFF ROAD BEASTS... THIS GENERATION LOOKS TO BE MORE EVOLUTIONARY THAN REVOLUTIONARY WHICH IS NEITHER A GOOD OR A BAD THING. THE INTERIOR LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND CONFORTABLE AS THE PREVIOUS LC WAS. THE NEW BEEFIER V8 WILL BE WONDERFUL BUT TOYOTA REALLY NEEDS TO OFFER A TURBODIESEL V6 AND/OR V8 IN THE UNITED STATES AS WELL, AND THIS THING WILL UNEQUIVOCALLY BE THE THE TOYOTA OF LUXURY OFF-ROADERS AS SALES VOLUME WOULD MULTIPLY
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September 20, 2007 6:15 pm
 Farooqui Farooqui
Looking better then old one. Ground clearance showing little bit lower then the current one.
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September 19, 2007 1:37 pm
 Hiromichi Hiromichi
Why do people need a car with 3tons of weight for carrying a 70Kg person or even 500Kg as the maximum occupants? 3.5tons of weight is not light for any terrains on earth and 4.7liters of breath is definetly a good air warmer.
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September 19, 2007 4:12 am
 mako001 mako001
Looks like a blown up RAV-4, I'm not impressed, but this beast will go anywhere, do anything. Ask the UN. The H2 is the only legitimate competitor.
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September 18, 2007 9:10 pm
 autoque autoque
If that had a Land Rover logo on it, there'd be more positive responses.
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September 18, 2007 7:07 pm
 Hoccy Hoccy
Why is Toyota always making ugly cars now? Landcruiser was a great car, but this just looked old and ugly.
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September 18, 2007 4:48 pm
 AhmadatioN AhmadatioN
UGLY
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September 18, 2007 3:40 pm