New Toyota Land Cruiser debuts with twin-turbocharged V6 engines
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Here it is, folks. After a long and globally successful 14-year run, the Toyota Land Cruiser of the LC200 series is finally being replaced by a completely new model. The LC300 Land Cruiser may be a clear evolution of previous models, with blocky design and off-road specifications that can reliably cope with the harshest conditions and climates in the world, but it has clearly been modernized to meet the ever-changing market realities and regulations.
Before we go any further, it should be clear to us that there doesn't seem to be any plans right now to bring this latest Land Cruiser to the United States. American buyers have proven they are much more willing to spend big bucks on luxury and rugged SUVs with the Lexus badge, and rumors suggest that the US will get a new new LX model, but not the Toyota that it is based on. We hope to receive confirmation and further details from Lexus at some point in the not too distant future.
Buyers in countries like Australia, the Middle East, Africa and South America rely on the Land Cruiser for reliable performance and strong durability. We will be curious to see how the removal of a proven V8 engine in favor of two new V6 options with twin turbochargers will be reacted to. A 3.5-liter gasoline-powered V6 offers 415 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. A 3.3 liter diesel V6 turns 309 horses and 516 lb-ft. Both engines are paired with 10-speed automatic transmissions, and all-wheel drive is of course standard.
The Land Cruiser's chassis and suspension setup are just as important as its drivetrain. A new GA-F platform is based on Toyota's well-traveled TNGA platform, but with a kind of "frame structure" for robustness. Weight has been reduced by around 440 pounds, wheel linkage has been increased, and Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System adds a new electronic designation that the automaker says leads to improved road holding.
A multi-terrain monitor gives the driver a view of obstacles in front of him, while the multi-terrain select system automatically adapts to road surfaces and driving modes.
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