After a long and globally successful 14-year run, the LC200-series Toyota Land Cruiser is finally being replaced with an all-new model. The 300 series doesn’t feature a V8 engine, but on the upside, customers will be happy to hear that a twin-turbo V6 mill replaces it with more horsepower and torque.
The 3.5-liter gasoline-fueled V6 offers 415 PS and 650 Nm. A brand-new V6 twin-turbo diesel is offered as well, and it’s even torquier at 700 Nm. Both engines are mated up with 10-speed automatic transmissions, and, of course, four-wheel drive is standard. Toyota promises reduced fuel consumption and emissions, but no specific numbers are yet available.
Toyota says the LC300 is capable of shooting to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 6.7 seconds for the gasoline-fueled engine.
The Land Cruiser offers an approach angle of 32 degrees, a departure angle of up to 26.5 degrees, and 230 millimeters (9.0 inches) of ground clearance.
Land Cruiser’s chassis and suspension setup are equally as important as its powertrain. A new TNGA-F platform is based on Toyota’s well-traveled unitized platform but with a strong “frame structure” welded together for toughness. Weight has been reduced by 200 kilograms (441 pounds), wheel articulation has been increased and Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System adds a new Electronic designation that the automaker says results in improved road-holding performance. The geometry of the rear shock absorbers was altered to be more upright, improving their performance.
Far sharper on the outside and more luxurious inside, the Land Cruiser is offered with 9.0- or 12.3-inch touchscreens for the infotainment system as well as a head-up display, a fingerprint authentication system, air ionizer, power tailgate, and a 360-degree array of cameras.
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