Toyota launch new LandCruiser at world premiere

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A new Toyota LandCruiser is set for Australia following its global debut, with the latest model featuring advancements in four-wheel-drive performance and technological capabilities.

Toyota's 2022 LandCruiser 300 series range features a new frame structure, enhanced twin turbo V6 engine and new Multi-Terrain Monitor

The much anticipated new 300 series Toyota LandCruiser is coming to Australia following its global debut, with the latest model to feature advancements in four-wheel-drive performance and technological capabilities.

Labelled by Toyota as "the most capable LandCruiser ever", the 2022 LandCruiser models will be powered by a newly developed 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 engine which Toyota says can out-perform its famous V8 engine. Lifting the power output to 227kW (304 horsepower) – an improvement of 13.5 per cent – and torque to 700Nm (+7.7 per cent) from its predecessor, the more powerful engine not only provides more power in the hands of the driver but also proves to be more fuel-efficient.

Transmission-wise, the 300 series LandCruiser is supported by a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission and a weight reduction of more than 100kg.

Toyota’s TNGA-F platform – an all-new frame and body structure - has also been adopted by the LandCruiser nameplate despite the similarities in appearance between the 300 series and previous models. Towing capacity hasn’t been affected by the move and is maintained at 3.5 tonnes.

The new 3.3-litre twin turbo V6 diesel engine in the new LandCruiser which produces more power than its predecessor

Despite the new frame and body structure, Toyota has made a conscious effort to keep the vehicles length, width, wheelbase and departure and approach angles as close as possible to the outgoing model.

The LandCruiser’s traditional off-road capabilities have been enhanced with Toyota improving suspension performance with increased wheel articulation to better handle obstacles off-road.
A new, optional, electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system (e-KDSS) is also available; something which Toyota has claimed is a world first. Toyota says the e-KDSS will improve off-road performance through larger suspension stroke by effectively disabling the front and rear stabiliser bars.

Another new feature for the LandCruiser 300 series is Toyota’s first Multi-Terrain Monitor which displays obstacles as viewed from the driver’s viewpoint as well as the addition of a Multi-Terrain Selection function that automatically analyses road surfaces and selects the best driving mode.

Safety features have also been improved and incorporated into the LandCruiser range, including the latest in Toyota Safety Sense. Among the safety features is a pre-collision system which helps avoid collisions or reduce damage by detecting pedestrian and cyclists.

Toyota's new electronic Kinetic Dymanic Suspension System (e-KDSS) improves off-road performance

The vehicle can also detect oncoming vehicles and pedestrians crossing the street when the LandCruiser is turning in either direction. An emergency turning steering and crash-avoidance function – which assists in steering and lane-keeping – is also included and can be activated when drivers perform steering manoeuvres to avoid collisions.

Testing of the LandCruiser was conducted through extensive evaluation by advanced Dakar Rally experienced drivers.
Toyota Australia vice president sales, marketing and franchise operations, Sean Hanley, says the new range of LandCruisers is perfect to tackle the Australian landscape.

"Incredibly reliable and capable, LandCruiser enabled Toyota to establish its foothold in the world automotive market, evolving from a basic 4WD utility into an upmarket SUV," Hanley says.

"It is an indispensable tool that supports our customers’ lives and livelihoods by enabling them to travel almost anywhere - and return - in safety and comfort.

"In our quest to make LandCruiser tougher and more capable than ever, we have taken feedback from customers from around the world. This includes extensive input from Australian owners who have experience in some of the world's harshest environments.

"The new LandCruiser range brings improved design and advanced new technologies that advance its performance in all conditions while enhancing its comfort, convenience and safety as a luxury vehicle."

The LandCruisers are set to hit the Australian market in the final quarter of this year

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