• Sep 14th 2009 at 3:59PM
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Like anyone else who's been around for 60 years, the Toyota Land Cruiser has put on weight and girth over the years. Also like some 60 year-olds we've met, the big Toyota has just gone under the knife for cosmetic upgrades and hit the gym to keep the muscles toned.

Set to debut this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the latest Land Cruiser gets fresh styling that pulls it in line with the latest Highlander and upcoming new 4Runner. The new body rides atop an 11-percent stiffer frame with insulating mounts soaking up noise and vibration. The UK market goes diesel-only with the D-4D underhood, while a 4.0-liter V6 burns gas for other European markets. With the new diesel, Toyota's claiming best-in-class fuel economy and a 4.5 percent improvement over the current Land Cruiser's carbon emissions figures.

While many Land Cruisers don't venture into the woods, Toyota has upped the capabilities of its SUV. The suspension now sports active roll bars as well as Adaptive Variable Suspension that lets drivers twiddle damper settings and provides self leveling and height control. Tip-toeing into the bog might be easier with a Land Rover-like Multi Terrain Select system that adjusts the Land Cruiser's dynamic responses for different surfaces, and four cameras send images from around the vehicle back to the bridge so the driver can see what's going on. A crawl function and a steering angle display are also parts of the off-road arsenal.

Like the ersatz Range Rover the LC has become, Toyota paid attention to the interior of its latest effort too. Three rows of seats have places for seven backsides, and legroom for second-row passengers is way up. The rearmost seats hide away for a flat load floor and a refrigerator is available for the center console, handy for provisioning if you plan to get stuck. All sorts of electronics and entertainment systems are also baked into the Land Cruiser, from navigation to a 605 Watt audio system with hard drive.

Looking at all the features, technology and sheer amount of STUFF in the new Land Cruiser, it sure has matured from its start back at the beginning of the baby boom. Like that generation, it refuses to quit, but at least it keeps getting better.



World debut at Frankfurt motor show


* All-new Land Cruiser builds on six decades of worldwide success
* Advanced, user friendly technology increases off-road capability and driver assistance
* More refined on-road performance
* Improved equipment specifications
* UK range to feature single powertrain:3.0-Litre D-4D diesel engine with five-speed automatic transmission
* Five-door model with five or seven seats
* On sale in UK from 1 December 2009

With a heritage reaching back almost 60 years and with five million customers in 176 countries around the world, the Toyota Land Cruiser has become an icon of the 4WD market, its name synonymous with Toyota's core values of quality, durability and reliability.

That peerless pedigree provides the platform for the debut of a new generation Land Cruiser at the Frankfurt motor show, a model that goes further than ever before to deliver true go-anywhere toughness and on-road driving poise.

Land Cruiser's reputation has been built on its ability to meet owners' demands for a vehicle that is utterly reliable in even the harshest off-road conditions, yet offering performance and refinement appropriate for day-to-day driving.

With its new model Toyota has extended Land Cruiser's off-road capabilities with a higher level of on-board guidance and technical support for the driver. New, user-friendly functions have been introduced that can help make tricky routes passable, over terrain on which even accomplished off-road drivers might feel challenged.

The quality and scope of these new features help make the all-new Land Cruiser one of the most technically advanced but enjoyable and easy to drive off-road vehicles in the world.

Style and comfort are important to 4WD customers, too, hence Land Cruiser combines it off-road toughness with pleasing on-road driving characteristics and higher standards of quality and comfort.

Bodystyle and powertrain

In the UK new Land Cruiser will be offered exclusively as a five-door model with seven seats (LC3 model has five seats with optional third row), powered by a revised 171bhp 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine with five-speed automatic transmission. A three-door model and a 4.0-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine will be available in other European markets, but there are no plans for these to be offered in the UK. Combined cycle fuel economy is a best-in-class 34.9mpg and CO2 emissions are 214g/km, improvements of 5.1 and 4.5 per cent respectively on current Land Cruiser performance.

Suspension, ride and handling

The rigidity of the body-on-frame construction has been increased by 11 per cent and insulating frame-to-body mounts have been added to absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, and to improve ride comfort.

The front independent double wishbone and rear four-link lateral rod suspension systems have been revised for extra comfort and steering feel. LC4 and LC5 models grade models are equipped with a new electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which adjusts the front and rear anti-roll bars for optimised on and off-road performance.

The flagship LC5 version benefits from Toyota's Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system with Roll Posture Control, which lets the driver tune the ride characteristics with 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. The air suspension is also effective in absorbing high frequency vibrations and reducing road-generated NVH.

Off-road technology

A new feature launched by Toyota in the new-generation Land Cruiser is Multi-terrain Select, which automatically controls power and braking to optimise performance for different types of off-road surfaces. At the same time, the 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. The new Steering Angle Display shows the position of the vehicle's wheels and its predicted path, further helping the driver plot a safe route.

The Crawl Control feature lets the driver choose from five different setting to optimise vehicle set-up to tackle even extreme conditions with precision and control, without having to use the throttle or brake pedals. Crawl Control will also help the driver free the vehicle, should it become stuck in mud or sand.

Interior packaging

New Land Cruiser has a more spacious and refined cabin with accommodation for seven in three rows. The second row seats have a sliding range of 135mm and a more flexible 40:20:40 configuration, with reclining seatbacks. A walk-in, slide and tilt function gives easy access to the third row seats.

The two third row seats (an option on the five-seat LC3 model) are full-size with integral headrests and they fold completely flat into the loadspace floor when not required. The footwell floor has been lowered by more than 38mm for a more comfortable seating position and, thanks to the slide adjustment of the second row seats, legroom extends to more than double that in the current Land Cruiser.

The left and right hand seats can be raised and lowered independently, using the Toyota Easy Flat system; LC4 and LC5 grade models this function is power-controlled at the touch of a button. Controls are handily located both inside the tailgate and behind the second row seats.

The flexibility of the seating is complimented by numerous, practical storage spaces, including a compartment with a USB port for simultaneous connection and charging of portable music players, and a large centre console box that can be fitted with a compact fridge unit.

Equipment features

Land Cruiser benefits from a range of high-tech, user-friendly systems to make life on board easier and more comfortable. The Smart Entry and Start system works in conjunction with sequenced lighting, and at the rear the tailgate has a top-hinged glass section that allows access to the load space even in tight parking spaces. Everyone can enjoy a comfortable cabin environment thanks to a separate air conditioning unit for the rear, giving new Land Cruiser a triple-zone climate control (LC4 and LC5 models only).

A multi-information switch on the steering wheel brings together several features under a single control, and the cameras used by the Multi-terrain Monitor also provide Wide-view Front, Side and Back Guide Monitors for easier manoeuvring in tight spaces and visibility at blind junctions.

Land Cruiser LC4 and LC5 models are equipped with a 14-speaker JBL Synthesis Premium Surround Sound System, giving 7.1 channel sound from compatible CDs and DVDs. It features an 11-channel, 605W Digital Signal Processing amplifier and, using the navigation system's Hard Disc Drive (HDD), offers a "sound library" facility, capable of transferring and storing up to 2,000 tracks from CDs.

Grade structure and outline equipment specifications

New Land Cruiser will be available in the UK in three equipment grades: LC3, LC4 and LC5. Equipment highlights are provided in the table below, with additional features across the board compared to current Land Cruiser specifications.

1. Fuel consumption and CO2 values are measured in a controlled environment, in accordance with the requirements of Directive 80/1268/EEC, including its amendments, on a basic production vehicle. For more information about the basic production vehicle, please contact the Toyota press office.

2. The fuel consumption and CO2 values of your vehicle may very from those measured. Driving behaviour, as well as other factors (such as road conditions, traffic, vehicle conditions, installed equipment, load, number of passenger, etc) play a role in determining a car's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Give me back my FJ80! Sure this 'Cruiser has more stuff on it, but that's not always a good thing. There once was a time that having a Land Cruiser meant having a rugged, reliable, go-anywhere right off the showroom floor vehicle. Now it's a bloated land-yacht and the closest thing to off road use it sees is the gravel drive to the country club. Toyota tried to revive that with the FJ Cruiser and ended up with an abbreviated SUV that tears through it's own bodywork.

      As someone who has driven and loved a Land Cruiser for 16 years, I find the latest designs nauseatingly bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure they are still capable, but I miss the solid front axle. I distrust IFS because it has so many more parts to fail (and a solid front is better for crawling). I've seen people collapse their suspensions and MacGyver together a "spring" made from some rope and a big tree branch so they could limp home; you can't do that with IFS. I like a simple machine that I can fix with a rock and a couple of twigs, and the old FJ80 was that machine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, unfortunately Toyota is following the money. But I think the new ones are still off-road capable. I've taken the last generation LC100 through hell and back a few times. And the new one is still capable. I think what Toyota wants is their Fortuner to pick up the off-road slack and let the well-off and rich keep their "Land-yachts".

      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like some sick mix of a Mahindra Pik Up and a Jeep. Do not want.
        • 6 Years Ago
        cant believe their copying the chinese now...
      • 6 Years Ago
      My god that is so ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still remember the first or earliest Landcruises in the U.S., and they were rugged/heavy duty framed, and sheetmetaled vehicles. The rode hard, but were built like tanks. The used GM cloned pushrod inline 6 cylinder engine, that was just as indestructible as the Chevy version.

      What is it now? Another land yaht, with cushy ride.

      Really don't understand why Toyota departed from the original concept?
        • 6 Years Ago
        While the newest LandCruisers are becoming plusher and gaining all the electronic gizmos, underneath they are still tough as nails and are more capable than most of their competitors.
        In Australia we get the full-sized LC200's (badged as the LandCruiser) and the LC120's (badged as the LandCruiser Prado). Both are built on a ladder-frame chasis for strength and off road ability. Australian Prado's also get the spare wheel on the back allowing 180 litre fuel tanks to be fitted. Both sell well privately (esp the Prado), and both a popular with mining companies, etc.
        I've taken my Prado into some pretty challenging places, and been through where others around me have gotten stuck.

        This is a pretty minor update I think. The body is a little uglier, the interior is a little nicer, and it finally gets smarts like traction control.
        Would I buy or recommend one? Definitely Yes (and no I don't work for Toyota or any affiliate).
        • 6 Years Ago
        While the Landcruiser 200 (previously it was the LC 100), and the Landcruiser Prado/120 (the one mentioned in this article) have gotten cushier, they have their place. That's what people want. For people who still want the off road prowess and durability in a no-nonsense package, you can always look at the LC 70. The LC 70 is a throwback if you see it, it keeps it's 1970's looks mostly intact. They make for great workhorses with a flatbed option or as a people mover in bad terrain. I know I had an uncle who worked at a mine in the Arctic, they used LC 70s deep in the mines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like I might be the dissenting opinion here, but I like it - and for what it's worth I'm not too fond of the current US Landcruiser design. I think the vertical slots, less ovoid grill and more angular headlamps make a positive difference. Although it is somewhat reminiscent of low end tacoma front end! So is this model for Europe only?
      • 6 Years Ago
      look at this anti-toyota circle jerk!

      this thing looks good. and i'm sure the quality is top notch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They had a generally nice looking car with the Current US Landcruiser. They seriously had to facelift it to match the fugly of the rest of the lineup.... wow..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if the next Lexus GX is going to look more like this or the new 4Runner.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Without the front and rear solid axles and differential locks, this is a Land Cruiser in name only.

      Maybe that's all that Europe wants, and that's fine. But here in America where we have mountains and desert and forests and swamps to drive through, we want a true 4-wheel-drive system (i.e. a part time gear-driven transfer case with at least 4:1 reduction, along with front and rear diff locks) that's stout enough (i.e. solid axles with >9.0 inch ring gears and >1.5 inch axle shafts) to handle the trails without grenading, and with a long-travel suspension that can conform to the terrain and maximize stability and traction (i.e. solid axles).

      Independent suspension is fine for mallcrawling, but for anything more than occasional use on gravel roads, hardcore equipment is a MUST. That's why the TRUE Land Cruisers (40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 Series) were so equipped and so respected. And that's why the fake Land Cruisers (100 and 200 series) have no respect from (and are shunned by) those who need a true Land Cruiser.

      Here's hoping that Toyota F*I*N*A*L*L*Y brings the 70-series Land Cruiser to the United States - solid axles, diff locks, manual transmission, and diesel engine intact! And while they're at it, they can rename the IFS Land Cruisers something more appropriate, like "Toyota Mall Cruiser."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agree 100%.

        I don't have a problem with modern CUVs and the like. If that's what you want to drive, than go for it.

        But, I do have a problem with the fact that those of us that want real SUVs have so few options, especially in the states.

        For 30 years I was able to buy SUVs that were built exactly the same. Square box shape for maximum viability, solid axles front and rear, leaf springs, a manual transmission, locking/limited slip axles, ect. Never had a problem with them, they did everything I needed, they were tough, reasonably dependable, and easy to fix if something did go wrong. Now, the only things that even come remotely close from the factory are the Jeep Wrangler and the Mercedes G-Wagon. Neither of which are available with a diesel in the U.S.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the Landcruiser Prado. Looks like it has the same 1KD-FTV engine as before. All the new off-road tech is nice though.

      Does it keep the "120" designation? or will they bump it up to 220 like they did to the larger Landcruiser 100 and it is now the Landcruiser 200?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Things do not look good for the next-gen Lexus GX (which will be a retrimmed versio of this), do they?


      • 6 Years Ago
      Fail much?
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