• Nov 11, 2011

This Land Cruiser comes from the factory with not only the ability to ford deep water, but the intent, as well.

There are many reasons to love Australia. Beautiful beaches, fantastic surfing, miles of unspoiled countryside and balmy winters all do much to stoke our appreciation of the country. We can now add the bare-bones Toyota Land Cruiser GX to that list. Toyota says that it created this particular vehicle for those customers who "tend to abuse, not just drive" their vehicles. That certainly sounds like our kind of people.

The Land Cruiser GX features vinyl floor mats, vertically-hinged rear barn doors, 17-inch steel wheels and, best of all, a snorkel. Yes, this Land Cruiser comes from the factory with not only the ability to ford deep water, but the intent, as well.

In addition to the aquatic equipment, the Land Cruiser GX is packed with an auxiliary fuel tank for traversing the open wastes, plenty of under-body protection and an honest-to-goodness metal key. A 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 diesel engine sits at the heart of this beast of burden coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission with full-time four-wheel drive courtesy of a Torsen differential. We're in love. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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TOYOTA RELEASES AN EVEN TOUGHER LANDCRUISER

Toyota has listened to the demands of miners, farmers and other customers by launching an even tougher LandCruiser 200 Series wagon.

The turbo-diesel GX has the features much-loved by owners who tend to torture, not just drive, their LandCruisers.

They include vinyl floors, twin barn doors at the rear (vertically hinged), 17-inch steel wheels, a snorkel, 93-litre main and 45-litre auxiliary fuel tanks, five seats, under-body protection plates and a standard car key.

Based on the GXL variant, the new GX is the spiritual successor to the 100 Series Standard Grade.

New GX is not without creature comforts, but they are designed to complement the tough work life of the vehicle and its owner.

They include a single CD player, manual air-conditioning, power windows with driver's auto up/down and power-operated exterior mirrors.

There is no skimping on protection because the new variant keeps all the GXL safety equipment, which is important for drivers and for the OH&S requirements of companies running fleets.

It includes driver and front-passenger airbags, curtain-shield airbags, vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist, multi-terrain anti-skid brakes and Toyota CRAWL - effectively an off-road cruise-control system.

The GX has a 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD with Torsen limited-slip centre differential and two-speed transfer case.

Other features include a 60/40 split-fold rear seat with adjustable seat-back recline and adjustable head restraints and tilt-and-telescopic steering-column adjustment.

Its four-spoke urethane steering wheel has control switches for the four-speaker CD tuner audio unit.

The audio head unit has facia-mounted 3.5mm AUX/USB# input, MP3/WMA compatibility and Bluetooth™*# hands-free/audio streaming capability.

Cabin storage locations include a centre console box, front and rear door pockets, front-seat cup holders, and map pockets on the back of the driver and front-passenger seats.

The spare wheel is mounted underneath the cargo floor.

Recommended retail price is $77,990**. LandCruiser GX is also covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at just $210 per service***.


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      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Notice the wheels: 17-inch STEEL wheels. That's what is used for serious work on and off road, not those ghetto 20-inch alloy bling wheels that have become popular here in the US on SUVs. Clearly those aren't used off road very often, if ever.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you've been to Australia you'll understand why this truck will do well. It's not called the Outback for nothing!
      kraigdog
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. It sort of reminds me of the old fj80 only more refined and without the solid front axle. and by the way there is a market for stripped down, highly capable, rugged suvs in the U.S. although very small
      Dean
      • 3 Years Ago
      We never get the good toys here...I'd love one of these, even if it were available via special order only...I'd wait for it...
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, it's just civilized enough (power windows and locks, and a/c), without all the other stuff you don't need or want. The only problem with the vinyl floor covering is that if you get water trapped under it, you can have rust problems. I'd rather have a heavy-duty black carpeting. On their Web site, it's called the Land Cruiser 200: http://www.toyota.com.au/landcruiser-200#earths-greatest-4wd The GX model is so new, it's not listed yet.
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Wouldn't carpeting hold the water instead of being easily cleaned out with a sponge?
      LJSearles
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honestly, is a splash of black underbody paint for the wheel arches too much to ask?
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      $80k US.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is my cousin's car, his was retrofitted with the snorkel as well. Ozi offroaders are a bit nuts, none of that triple rainbow waxed Range Rover Sport hovering shopping malls like in SoCal. Towing capability is top notched as well.
      Pedro The Swift
      • 3 Years Ago
      Landcruisers, cars to travel on roads surveyed by Land Rovers. google "Len Beadle"
        Mchicha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pedro The Swift
        And Land Rovers follow roads surveyed by Jeeps :-)
          Aussie Aspie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mchicha
          And Jeeps follow roads surveyed by MB Unimogs, or men on horseback......what's your point??! Don't people ever get sick of the endless tit for tat and one-upmanship on this site?
        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pedro The Swift
        You obviously don't now the Land Cruiser's history.
          Pedro The Swift
          • 3 Years Ago
          @donnieorama
          no,, tell me all about it,, what exactly has a cruiser ever done first?
        poorcruzer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pedro The Swift
        That maybe true but it's the Landcruiser you want to go further off road and away from civilization than the Rover. The Disco has the worst reliability record of any vehicle ever produced.
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      yes, that's what we need, more gas guzzling tanks on the road...These pigs are worse than the hummers and BMW suvs when it comes to building unnecessary behemoths. You tyota deerve to DIE!!!
      Spellchecker
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the point of a big inefficient 4.5-l TT V8 diesel in such a heavy car? I would think that for such a purist off-roading machine an economical yet equally capable 6-cylinder diesel would be more than sufficient because it would increase the range of such a car. Also, this car still has an automatic transmission rather than a manual - is this really a car for purist/enthusiastic off-roaders? You can get a Mercedes G270 CDI "Worker" in Europe which is a bare bones G-Class with a manual transmission, 5-cylinder diesel engine and no luxury options whatsoever. It's a purist SUV for foresters and enthusiast who don't want any luxury features which are simply not needed in these types of cars and add weight.
        Masa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        I can tell from personal real life experience, that I fully understand why the diesel needs to be 4,5 V8. The Mercedes 270CDI is unbeliveable lazy and powerless for such a good vehicle otherwise. As much as I am a huge fan of G mercedes, I think it is way too ripped off already, poor engine, and even the steering wheel adjust is removed from the workhorse model! Unbeliveable, we live at 21 th centry . . . And still costs a lot compared to any other brand. It isn't a smart choise in any perspective, if you consider the price and what you get for the price ratio. Also, you can ask from people that drive a lot offroad and drive at desert for example. Powerful engine is a huge plus. It defines from how far you must take speed to get at the top of the sand dune. Powerless vehicle simply looses all of it's momentum already at the halfway of the climb. I think Toyota has done their homework extremely well. The V8 Land Cruiser is just spot on.Ttake a look at the fuel economy figures of the V8 diesel Land Cruiser. They are very good compared to anything. 3 litre Land Rover Discovery get's the same figures, and it has the 6 banger.
        adam512
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        Your such an idiot.. The landcruiser is a very heavily built car id say one of the only proper proper off roaders still out there.. The V8 diesel is very efficient in fact and on top of that it gives huge pulling power which makes steep hill climbs alot easier.. It lets you pull more heavier items, and a V8 diesel makes it feel more special than a Inline 6. Dont question TOYOTAs engineering when it comes to their landcruiser .. Its the worlds best selling 4x4 and is the most popular choice when it comes to the most extreme conditions.
          Spellchecker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @adam512
          @ adam512 Wow, a personal insult aimed at me. Nice one, FANBOY. And you didn't even spell it correctly. "Your such an idiot." = "You're [You are] such an idiot." Who is the idiot now, huh? Where in my post do I slam this car? I am questioning the need for an overpowered and "not so efficient" V8 diesel. THAT IS ALL. A 6-cylinder diesel is more than capable of hauling around this car and its weight. A 6-cylinder will give you more range on the same tank of gas given how it is more efficient by default. You claim an 8-cylinder is more "refined". That might be so, but this is a working vehicle so refinement shouldn't be an issue. A torquey 6-cylinder will offer just as much pulling power. It's not the number of cylinders that affect pulling power directly but TORQUE. A 6-cylinder diesel offers ample torque for these kinds of cars. It's not hard to produce a refined 6-cylinder diesel. I used to work at a Mercedes dealer in Germany and I've driven a variety of modern I6/V6 diesels from the brand and they were very refined. Don't question Toyotas engineering? Man, you're such a fanboy. I mean you sound like one already...
          miketim1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @adam512
          "Toyotas engineering" Yes. From this 4.5-liter twin-turbo V8 diesel engine to the LFA V10 engine.
        TechEd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        Why the V8? Emission regulations. The V8 Diesel is Euro 5 compliant. The 6's aren't. Toyota will sell 1000's of these here. "G Wagen". Yep MB took 7 through the Canning Stock Route, a popular route for outback travellers. http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/08/australian-outback-cripples-fleet-of-mercedes-g-wagons-during-pr/ http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/updated-outback-cripples-mercedesbenzs-toughest-offroaders-20110805-1ie5s.html
          David J. Bernstein
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TechEd
          Those G-Classes traveling through the Outback were bone stock. There are special offroad packages for the G-Class that will change several suspension parts with more rugged components.
        Mo Zokari
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spellchecker
        You can still buy the LandCruiser 200 series with a 6spd manual trans, buddy. http://arabiayemen.net/images/cars_type/land-cruiser/g/New_Folder/DSC_1144.jpg
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't it be upside down?
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