Toyota announces 2014 Land Cruiser- US
Toyota has announced the 2014 Land Cruiser for the US auto market. The vehicle received exterior and interior design enhancements for 2013 and made all previously features standard. It offers an excellent off-road capability along with a premium luxury and seating for up to eight. The 2014 Land Cruiser is powered by a 5.7-litre V8 DOHC engine that develops massive 381bhp at 5,600rpm and 543Nm of torque at 3,600rpm. With 90-percent of peak torque available at just 2,200 rpm, the engine makes the Land Cruiser an outstanding tow vehicle. The engine’s advanced dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system controls valve timing and overlap on both the intake and exhaust valves.
The six-speed automatic transmission is designed to handle high torque while performing with luxurious smoothness. The transmission’s control unit estimates road conditions to select the appropriate gear ratio for the vehicle’s speed and driving conditions. A sequential shift mode allows the driver to select gears manually. The vehicle features a high-mount double-wishbone front suspension, that offers a high level of off-road capability and suspension delivery while maintaining outstanding on-road driving comfort. At the rear, the reliable and proven four-link, coil-spring with lateral-rod format provides a long suspension stroke. It also comes with Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which hydraulically adjusts the lean resistance provided by the front and rear stabilizer bars.
The Land Cruiser is equipped as standard with a highly capable full-time four-wheel drive system, supported by an array of advanced chassis control technologies, to enable travel over rugged trails. It comes equipped with a torsen limited slip locking center differential, which distributes power 40:60 front-to-rear, directing more power to the wheels with the best grip should slippage occur. The traction control employs both brake and throttle intervention to help control wheel spin. Vehicle stability control, with a cut-off switch, helps maintain directional control during cornering. With the Land Cruiser’s Multi-terrain Select system, the driver can select the terrain and the system will control wheel slip to match the terrain. A five-setting CRAWL Control with an Off-Road Turn Assist feature helps make traversing difficult terrain easier. The Off-Road Turn Assist feature applies slight brake pressure to the inside rear wheel, creating a pivot point and helping the vehicle make tighter turns when maneuvering through tight quarters on rugged terrain.
Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is designed to augment the low-speed descending ability of low-range by helping to hold the vehicle to a target speed with practically no driver intervention. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) provides additional control for off-road driving by helping to keep the vehicle stationary while starting on a steep incline or slippery surface. Land Cruiser offers a comfortable seats for eight, with three-across seating in the second and third rows. The interior sports leather trim, heated/ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping with memory. Beneath the bright Optitron instrument gauges, a multi-informational display shows gear selection, odometer, tripmeter, fuel consumption, individual tire pressures and cruising range. The center console features a cooler box, USB port and cup holders. The vehicle sports 28 total air vents, and the four-xone automatic climate control system to offer soothing experience.
Other standard features include rear privacy glass, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start that allows the driver to unlock or start the vehicle without inserting a conventional key; anti-theft security system; engine immobilizer; cruise control; power moonroof; auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors; HomeLink® universal garage-door/gate opening system and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. While talking about safety, the Land Cruiser comes standard with the STAR safety system. It features a four-wheel multi-terrain anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, active traction control, vehicle stability control, 10 standard airbags and others.
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