The Incredible hulk remake is out. Only that this time it is called Toyota Land Cruiser-Pride of the world. First generation Land Cruiser from Japanese carmaker Toyota entered as a jeep-like vehicle in 1951 and has been a definition car of every era that it has seen since. It has undergone 10 series of technological adaptation, tamed entire geography of the world and mastered every automotive technology invented by humankind. The car probably knows more about you than you do about it.
Land Cruiser is Toyota's longest running brand. Land Cruiser, which can be termed as the Land Rover of Japan, came to India in 2009. The one introduced then was the 8th generation model. India received the European version of Toyota Land Cruiser. The company has given this humungous SUV its first facelift in 2012. The Land Cruiser gets a new designed front grille, headlamps with HID low beams and redesigned bumpers.
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 is rightful heir to the throne. A gross vehicle weighing 3350 Kg and stretching 5 meters in length new Toyota Land Cruiser looks like monster out to own the terrain. It is powered by 4.5-litre V8 Diesel Engine delivering 4461 cc displacement. The engine is paired with 6-speed super ECT’s sequential shift control that allows the driver to choose shift range that delivers control of a manual transmission system and ease of automation. A 4.7-litre V8 petrol variant is also available combined with a 5 speed automatic transmission. TEMS (Toyota Electronic modulated suspension) helps to truly exploit the powerful engine by controlling shock absorbers to ensure a stable body position and smooth ride on any kind of terrain. The rear air suspension has an electronic auto-leveling function that maintains a constant vehicle height even when car load varies. The fulltime 4D system maintains vehicle stability by optimizing front/rear torque distribution. Ventilated disc brakes and newly developed centre Torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD) make the drive easier. The minimum turning radius is reasonably 5.9m for a huge vehicle.
Toyota Land Cruiser has been accused of conservative looks till now but Land Cruiser is out to defy it all. Walk to the doors and a smart entry sensor is auto triggered sensing remote in vicinity. Electrical optical rear view mirror that automatically adjusts and retracts, a seat AC for rear and seat heater for front and rear one seats, rain sensing wipers, push start/stop button, 4-zone air conditioning with 28 outlet vents, trendy Optriton meters, a 6-DVD EMV screen audio system sounded by 14 JBL speakers make you feel like an imperial king in modern era. In the 2012facelift the car maker has updated trim levels in either Sandstone or Black. Other features take into account a revised dashboard and instrument cluster. The passenger-side second-row seat features a one-touch tumble mechanism for easier third-row entry and exit.
On the outside the increased ground clearance to 225mm and wheelbase 2850mm gives heightened feel to the Land Cruiser. The bold front grill grabs first attention while optional Moonroof, rear spoiler and combination lamps and wider headlamps make it a beauty and a beast. Safety features include 10 SRS airbags that shield entire inside perimeter, ATRAC (Adaptive traction control system prevent all four wheels from spinning, clearance and back sonar that proves handy assistant while reversing the car, new crawl control system which manages engine and brakes on difficult roads leaving only steering task for the driver, hill-start assist control that prevents rollback on slopes, multi-terrain ABS (Anti Brake System), vehicle stability control that prevents lateral skidding and four camera’s on rear view mirrors that serve as back eyes. Packed with amazing safety features, automation abilities, luxury and looks, Toyota Land Cruiser entices respect from its audience and loyalty from its customers.
Toyota Land Cruiser Mileage
Mileage is an arena where SUVs mostly lag behind. The 6 speed electronic controlled automatic transmission with Intelligence makes the 4.5 litre diesel engine less frugal. Toyota Land Cruiser mileage is as low as 5.5 kmpl to 6 kmpl. The reason for such a poor performance on mileage’s front can be attributed to the V8 construction of engine cylinders. Such types of engines have poor fuel efficiency. Even diesel fuelling this SUV do not acts as a savior, however, mileage is not a feature considered by many SUV buyers while purchasing a giant like this.
Power of Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Land Cruiser comes with a 4.5-lt DOHC 32 valve V8 diesel engine with common rail-type fuel system. It delivers a maximum power of 195 KW at 3400 rpm, a maximum torque 650 Nm at 1600-2600 rpm. The 4461 cc engine has 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with sequential shift control. The power delivered by Land Cruiser 200 is better than most of the SUVs in same price segment.
Toyota Land Cruiser Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Toyota Land Cruiser
Green Mica Metallic
White Pearl Crystal Shine
Dark red mica metallic
Beige mica metallic
Super White II
Greyish Blue Metallic
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Toyota Land Cruiser is a perfect SUV as it can handle all terrains and can locomote on each and every surface with ease. It XXXL size Land Cruiser is a legendary vehicle from Toyota can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 14 seconds. The 4.5 litre V8 common rail diesel engine can talk to air at the speed of 215 kmph.
Toyota Land Cruiser Exteriors
Toyota has paid special attention to exteriors this time. The trademark jeep style cruiser has been revamped as a perfect mix of legacy and trends. Moving from front to rear, the first attention grabber is the aerodynamic multi-reflector halogen headlamps with auto on/off feature that are integrated with fog lamps. The broad and bold front grille that houses 28 outlet vents combined with edgy headlamps makes the front part a visible treat. The wide high-gloss alloy wheels cushioned with high quality tires are protected by heavy-duty mudguards that make it robust off-roader in function as well as in looks. Automatic rain sensing windshield wipers in premium version make it hassle-free ride. Optional Moonroof adds appeal to the joyful ride. On the rear side a high mounted LED stop-lamp and LED combination rear lamps alert the back drivers at impending stops. Keyless entry is implemented with help of a smart remote sensor that auto triggers as the remote is brought closer to the doors and driver simply has to touch the door to open it. The optical rear view mirrors are fully color keyed powered, auto dimming, heated with power folding, reverse tilt down and memory features.
Toyota Land Cruiser is essentially an off-roader that looks like it is always ready for an adventure. But at the same time the strategically designed body gives it elegance of a city vehicle and at the same time keep the driver safe and comfortable.
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 stretches 4.95m in length, 1.97m in breadth and 1.86m in height. The wheelbase is 2.85m. The ground clearance of 22.5cm prepares it for ups and downs.
Toyota Land Cruiser Interior
If on the outside Toyota Land Cruiser is aggressive on roads, on the inside it ensures maximum comfort and ease of driving for the driver. The remote illuminated entry opens to spacious interiors that could seat 8 passengers. The control panel is studded with features like start/stop push button, large optitron meters that enhance visibility, a small screen between the meters that displays essential vehicle info, overhead console on driver seat for convenient storage, illuminated vanity mirrors, power windows with one touch auto up/down and power door locks and cruise control features.
The power seats can be adjusted for various seating position. While the driver seat can be molded 10-ways, the front passenger seat can be fitted in 8-positions. The second row seats are capable of 40/20/40 split, sliding, reclining and folding. The third row seats are foldaway with a 50/50 split fold down.
The sound system consists of a JBL synthesis 6-DVD changer system and 14 JBL speakers that can rock through the entire volume of Land Cruiser. The premium model has an optional voice activated touch-screen DVD navigation system.
A highly advanced 4-zone air conditioning system allows independent temperature control for front, rear, right and left zones and a separate second row control panel. This creates an environment suitable to individual needs of all passengers.
Land Cruiser is a vehicle meant to make long and bumpy rides smooth and non-tedious for the passengers. Toyota has definitely laid down comfort as a priority to its engineers as the car is acutely designed keeping minutest of the passenger expectation in mind.
A cool box can contain as much as 6 beverages. Seats are ventilated with outlets from all sides for airy insides. The power lumber support and multi way adjustable handrests make seating very comfortable. The sound system hosts an auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, handsfree phone capability and Bluetooth technology. Electrical OVRM with embedded camera provides a back view while clearance and back sonar detects corners which assist in reversing the car.
Toyota Land Cruiser Engine and Performance
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 comes with a 4.5-lt DOHC 32 valve V8 diesel engine that delivers the performance that matches the grandeur of this vehicle. The common rail-type fuel system engine offers a displacement of 4461 cc. Power delivered by this engine can reach a maximum of 195 KW at 3400 rpm while the torque can touch a peak of 650 Nm at 1600-2600 rpm. The transmission system is an engineering marvel that is something worth talking about. It is a newly developed 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and has sequential shift control that allows driver to choose shift range. This feature enables the engine to exploit automation technology to deliver control, simplicity and superior performance. Its intelligent rollback detection logic senses uphill or downhill state and automatically applies brake pressure to hold the vehicle. This feature is called Hill-start assist control. The engine has received an emission rating of ultra low emission vehicle II. The electronic ignition system features Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI). With the power and latest features, Land Cruiser 200 gives a strong competition to its main rivals like Land Rover Discovery, Mitsubishi Pajero.
Toyota has put some real thought into the choice of wheels. The car equipped with 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels that have 5 spokes and 285/60 R18 tyres. The tyres have Mud-and-Snow-rated steel-belted radial blackwall.
A full size alloy wheel spare is also included. The front wheel tread is 1.64m deep and the rear wheel tread is 1.63m that gives the tyres a firm grip on the road. The minimum turning radius is 5.9m. The wheelbase is 2.85m while the ground clearance is a good 22.5cm.
Braking & Handling
The logical harmony of brakes and engine in Toyota Land Cruiser 200 has given it some of its own intelligence. The brakes are ventilated disc type with hydraulic brake booster. The front brakes are a 4-piston power assisted brakes while the rear brakes have 2-piston.
In addition to the Multi-terrain 4-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to ensure balanced braking and Brake Assist (BA) to optimize use of ABS, there are some other interesting features in this Land Cruiser.
The front and rear torque distribution is controlled by Toyota’s new TORSEN LSD (Limited slip differential) in centre differential with maximum front torque rising up to of 50 % and rear torque up to 70%. This full time functioning system helps to keep the giant vehicle stable on turns and slippery roads. Multi-terrain ABS is endowed with a new logic that instantly detects off road driving conditions and automatically switches to optimum ABS for a particular surface like sand.
Handling & Safety
There are plenty of safety features in Toyota Land Cruiser 200 given the fact that it is meant to conquer all kind of terrains. To start with there are 10 SRS airbags that comprises dual stage driver and front passenger airbag, knee airbags for driver and front passenger and side and curtain shield airbags for 1st and 2nd row passengers. The front passenger airbags trigger on basis of passenger detection system.
Adaptive Traction Control system (ATCS) prevents all four wheels from spinning minimizing the chances of loosing vehicle control on slippery roads. Crawl control system synchronizes engine and brakes so as to maintain a constant low speed on muddy and rocky surfaces, minimize chances of wheel-lock and spin and enhance vehicle stability. Vehicle Stability control automatically controls brake pressure and engine output when a possibility lateral skidding is detected. This prevents vehicle from moving off-road. Cameras mounted on ORVM, front and rear with back sonar system and multi terrain mirror serve as a back guide and decrease chances of bumping vehicle into obstacles. With the robust steel body and technologically advanced drive assistant and safety features, Land Cruiser 200 models a reliable vehicle that can escape most tight spots.
Stereo & Accessories in Toyota Land Cruiser
A good drive must be accompanied with good music. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 has a JBL SynthesisAM/FM 6-disc CD changer with MP3/WMA playback capability, 14 speakers including subwoofer, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetoothtechnology.
The accessories include a trunk mat that spreads with resin covers when third row seats are folded up, a fire resistant high density floor mat with Toyota logo and a detachable roof rail.
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Pros & Cons
Toyota Land Cruiser Pros :
Safety features,four wheel drive, on and off-road abilities
Toyota Land Cruiser Cons :
Extremely costly, low mileage
Toyota Land Cruiser Specifications
Toyota Land Cruiser Variants
8 Cylinder 32 Valve
||261.4bhp @ 3400rpm
Toyota Land Cruiser Price
Toyota Land Cruiser Variants Price
Toyota Land Cruiser prices were updated on 11 Jun 2013