Toyota is not going to promote the brand new Land Cruiser in the United Kingdom. That is comprehensible. Its traditionalism, measurement and value intended it used to be all the time a distinct segment merchandise on this nation. For 70 years the Land Cruiser has been about conquering mountain levels and savannah and boundless deserts. For the Lake District, it’s kind of a lot. Plus you must all the time purchase a Vary Rover. Which most commonly everybody all the time did.
However we do not apologise to pointing you at a modern model as a result of they do not come spherical very incessantly. Toyota says that is the primary new ‘station wagon’ variant because it introduced the 200 Sequence in 2007. As existence cycles pass, that is glacial. This one is named the 300 (no time wasted on naming conventions) and is notable as a result of it’s utterly and totally new – new platform, new engines, new 10-speed auto, new suspension, new glance, new cabin.
And but in duration, width, wheelbase and departure and way angles, the Land Cruiser is similar. As a result of if it is not broke, Toyota does not repair it. Fairly that is about bringing the style into the twenty first century, therefore the deployment of a brand new TNGA platform – the GA-F. That is the primary designed for a body-on-frame style, and, as you’ll be able to consider, it is modernity is alleged to lead to a quantum soar ahead in tension, protection and dynamism.
Most importantly, it reduces the Land Cruiser’s kerbweight via 200kg, which is an important off-loading of bushes even in a automobile which stays unapologetically massive. Hooked up to this can be a chassis that boasts an epic acronym even via Toyota requirements: E-KDSS – Digital Kinetic Dynamic Suspension Machine. Pow. The producer does not pass into specifics within the press subject material, however we are advised to be expecting optimal wheel articulation in nearly any state of affairs.
Particularly when it is mixed with a brand new Multi-Terrain Observe to come up with a real-time view of the outside underneath you – and mechanically modify the riding mode to fit. Suave. Powering the Land Cruiser over stumbling blocks massive and small is a twin-turbo V6 in 3.5-litre petrol and three.3-litre diesel flavours. So not more V8, however Toyota is promising class-leading efficiency and awesome drivability from each.
Then there may be the styling, which regardless of the producer’s claims of newness, is all about consistency. It looks as if a Land Cruiser – and that’s the reason lots just right sufficient. Or it needs to be for the remainder of the arena at any price. Toyota UK tells us the nearest the brand new style gets to the United Kingdom is Russia. Which is almost definitely about proper; if we had been riding throughout Siberia, it is exactly the auto we would make a selection to be in.