Baby steps, baby steps, are what will make SUVs cleaner and cleaner.
Toyota Motor Europe has announced minor improvements to its Land Cruiser SUV lineup: lowered CO2 emissions, Euro IV compliant across the board and slightly more power for the 3.0 liter D-4D.
The better fuel economy means the three-door V6 now emits 288 grams of CO2 per kilometer (the five-door puts out 291 gm/k). The new numbers are due to fitting a flex lock-up system to the automatic gearbox, giving the V6 "increased lock-up clutch operation range by maintaining controlled slip." The 3.0-liter D-4D, which Toyota calls "already one of the most technically advanced diesel engines in the world", received an upgrade to 127 kW at 3,400 rpm, with the maximum torque band widened across 1,600 rpm to 2,800 rpm. This increase in power comes even with the Land Cruiser's improved fuel economy.
[Source: Toyota via Green Car Congress]