Toyota Launches New Land Cruiser (2/3)


The new Land Cruiser's twin development themes of "inheritance and evolution" and "easy to drive and difficult to tire" are reflected in every aspect of the vehicle.

An overview is provided below. 

Vehicle Outline

1. The GA-F Platform: a refined ride and improved environmental performance

-Body and frame: high rigidity with a significant 200-kilogram weight reduction 

The new Land Cruiser adopts an updated version of the traditional ladder frame. By utilizing the latest welding technologies, the high-rigidity (20% more rigid than the 200 Series) lightweight frame boasts improved collision safety performance, quietness, and ride quality.

The body combines an increased number of high-tensile steel plates with an aluminum bonnet, roof, and door panels; the power train has been moved 70 mm rearward and 28 mm downward.

These improvements have led to a significant reduction in body weight of approximately 200 kg, a lower center of gravity, and superior front-rear weight distribution. Together with an enhanced driving position, the new Land Cruiser delivers a ride more in tune with its driver's intentions. The reduction in body weight contributes to improving Land Cruiser's environmental performance. 

<Newly developed suspension: Refined on-road steering stability and outstanding off-road performance>

In line with its updated platform, the new Land Cruiser features a newly developed high-mount double-wishbone front and trailing-link rigid-axle rear suspension system. The position of the rear shock absorbers has been optimized for improved ride comfort and steering stability.

Modifying the location of the suspension arms has resulted in a stable body posture even when braking, while also improving wheel articulation―the ability of its tires to stay on the ground. These have led to superior off-road performance.

The vehicle uses a new Linear Solenoid Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system, which controls shock absorbers' damping force independently for each wheel in response to road conditions and driver operation, for improved steering stability and ride comfort.

(Equipped as standard on the VX-R and GR Sport grades) 

<A new structure for the Land Cruiser: Off-road durability and the needs of the times>

Hydraulic power steering with steering actuator

The new Land Cruiser combines a hydraulic power steering system capable of withstanding use in harsh environments with an electric steering actuator. This not only enables the addition of steering support functions such as Lane Tracing Assist, but also delivers outstanding maneuverability at low speeds, reduced kickback while driving off-road, and a crisper steering feel. 

(Equipped as standard on the VX-R, GR Sport, and VX grades) 

Electronic Control Brake

The new Land Cruiser is fitted with an electronic control brake system that detects brake pedal input to generate optimal braking force via its hydraulic brakes and achieve more linear braking.

(Equipped as standard on the VX-R, GR Sport, and VX grades) 

<Other functions designed to improve steering stability and maneuverability>

Rear Torsen® LSD

The new Land Cruiser is equipped with Torsen® Limited Slip Differential (LSD)*2 to guarantee outstanding rear wheel traction. When turning and accelerating, the system optimally distributes drive torque according to the load experienced by the rear-left and rear-right wheels, so providing superb levels of control.

When driving straight, the system responds quickly to changes in road conditions for improved stability.

*2: Torsen® is a trademark of JTEKT CORPORATION

(Equipped as standard on the VX-R grade)

Support for off-road driving

(1) Multi Terrain Select

When driving off road, Multi Terrain Select provides support in road conditions in which it is easy to get stuck due to wheel spin, or it is easy to lose speed due to a lack of drive torque. Drivers can select one of six modes―Auto, Dirt, Sand, Mud, Deep Snow, and Rock―and the system delivers guaranteed off-road performance through the automatic and integrated control of drive torque, suspension, and brake hydraulics.

The operational range of Multi Terrain Select has also been expanded to the high-range H4 mode, enabling it to be engaged in a wider range of off-road situations. In Auto mode, which assesses prevailing road conditions via a variety of sensor data and optimizes drive torque accordingly, the system delivers the appropriate off-road performance in line with the prevailing driving conditions, without the driver having to manually switch modes.

(2) Multi Terrain Monitor

Multi Terrain Monitor is a system that uses four cameras―positioned to the front, rear, and both sides of the vehicle ―to help the driver check conditions around the vehicle. The driver can switch between images captured by each of the four cameras, and so check road conditions in blind spots.

If the vehicle is stopped while the screen is displaying images from the front-facing camera, the driver can press an on-screen button to switch to Underfloor View. This uses past images taken by the front-facing camera before the vehicle was in its current position, to show what is currently beneath the vehicle. By superimposing the current car and tire position over this image, the driver can check underfloor conditions and front wheel position. A new view is also available: the car is made transparent, and an image showing the area around the rear wheels is magnified. This enables the driver to ascertain conditions around the rear wheels, and estimate distances to obstacles―invaluable when trying to free the vehicle from a stuck position, or exit a dead end.

(Available as a manufacturer's option, together as a set with the T-Connect SD Navigation System, on all grades except the GX grade)

(3) 12.3-inch display (a manufacturer's option) with off-road display function

The new Land Cruiser comes with a dedicated off-road information display screen. By displaying inclinometer data, locking differential engagement, accelerator and brake work, and other information on a large screen, the driver can intuitively grasp the vehicle's situation. 


2. A new power train: delivering the power and the environmental performance appropriate to the new Land Cruiser

<3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine>

The new Land Cruiser is available with a newly developed 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo gasoline engine, with a maximum output of 305 kW (415 PS) and a maximum torque of 650 Nm. It combines the TNGA philosophy with the traditional reliability of the Land Cruiser.

The direct-injection 4-stroke gasoline engine superior version with turbo (D-4ST) has a multi-hole direct injector, a longer stroke, and optimized valve angle positioning for high-speed combustion, and the high-efficiency twin-turbo delivers powerful torque at low speeds and outstanding supercharger response. 

<3.3-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel engine>

The 3.3-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel engine features various optimizations, such as to its piston combustion chambers, intake ports, and injectors. It combines a maximum output of 227 kW (309 PS) and a maximum torque of 700 Nm with outstanding fuel efficiency. From a driving perspective, the supercharger performance of the newly adopted variable- nozzle two-way twin-turbo promises thrilling acceleration in all manner of scenarios. The superb responsiveness of the single-turbo offers powerful acceleration at low speeds; at high speeds, the large intake volume of the twin-turbo contributes to smooth acceleration.

<Direct Shift-10AT: Maximizing the performance of the V6 twin-turbo engines>

Lock-up is engaged at almost all speed ranges other than when starting to provide direct shift feel, while the use of 10-speed automatic transmission results in both smaller gear steps and wider gear ratios. Consequently, the transmission offers a comfortable and rhythmical ride, better fuel efficiency at high speeds, and improved starting acceleration and off-road performance.

The Direct Shift-10AT also delivers drive torque characteristics and gear change timings optimized for gasoline and diesel engines respectively. For gasoline engines, the transmission provides a pleasing sense of acceleration that draws out relaxed torque characteristics even at high engine speeds; for diesel engines, it promises exciting torque even at low engine speeds. In this way, the Direct Shift-10AT guarantees instinctive and powerful acceleration for both gasoline and diesel engines. 


3. Mobility and off-road performance-focused package, and a functionality-focused exterior and interior 

<Retains traditional off-road mobility and performance> 

The new Land Cruiser retains the same total length*3 and wheelbase length, and the same approach angle*3, departure angle, and ramp breakover angle as the previous generation, and so inherits the 200 Series' ease of handling and off-road performance.

*3: Bumper shapes and other modifications mean that these values are different on some grades

As far as the cabin is concerned, the front seats have been shifted rearward, and the structure and positioning of the second and third rows has been revised. This has led to improved interior comfort, expanded luggage space capacity, and superior collision safety performance. In particular, the third row of seats can be retracted into the floor to make luggage loading and unloading easier; stowing and unstowing of the seats is motorized.

(Motorized seat stowing and unstowing is equipped as standard on the VX-R gasoline, GR Sport gasoline, and VX grades) 

<An exterior that combines the toughness of a genuine off-roader with a level of sophistication suited to adults> 

The design of the new 300 Series focuses on delivering off-road performance: it follows in the footsteps of previous generations of station wagon-type Land Cruisers by locating the cabin rearward on the body; both the radiator grille and the headlights are positioned high-up; and the lower parts of both front and rear bumpers are shaped to avoid obstacles.

In addition, the incorporation of a large depression in the engine hood realizes improved collision safety performance and frontward visibility. A new exterior color, Precious White Pearl is also available.

(Available as a manufacturer's option on the VX-R and GR Sport grades) 

<A user-friendly interior>

An instrument panel design and switch locations optimized for off-road functionality

The interior of the new Land Cruiser is designed to provide a comfortable driving environment and promote smooth driving operations even in harsh off-road environments. Details are outlined below:

  • The upper part of the instrument panel is horizontal, to make it easier to assess body attitude even amid drastic changes in road surfaces. In addition, in order to make it easier to verify vehicle conditions even in harsh road conditions, the panel uses six needle meters, positioned so they can be checked intuitively: speed, rpm, fuel, water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage.
  • A single dial is used to select Drive Mode, Multi Terrain, Down Hill Assist Control, and Crawl Control. The dial is optimally positioned so that it can be operated while viewing the monitor.
  • Switches are grouped according to type: driving and drive torque systems; audio system; and air-conditioning system. The layout of the switches is designed to ensure they can be intuitively operated even when driving off-road. 

An interior that balances convenience and comfort

Both the front and second row of seats feature comfortable heated seats and seat ventilation.

(On the VX-R and GR Sport grades; on the VX grade, only the front seats)

  • The spacious and functional Center Console Box uses a two-sided opening structure, enabling it to be accessed from the driver's seat, the front-passenger's seat, and the rear seats. In addition, the interior is equipped with a cool box for chilling PET drinks bottles and other foods and beverages. (Available as a manufacturer's option on all grades except the GX grade)
  • nanoeTM *4 X, which is released from the driver's side air outlet on the instrument panel and creates a comfortable interior air environment, is equipped to all grades as standard.
  • A high-resolution 12.3-inch widescreen touch display is available as a manufacturer's option on all grades except the GX grade. The display is capable of showing navigation, audio, air-conditioning, and off-road performance data in an easy to understand manner.
  • The vehicle can memorize up to three personalized vehicle settings―covering driving position, interior settings, and display settings―enabling multiple drivers to conveniently select their own settings preferences.
  • The vehicle features Hands-Free Back Door, which enables drivers carrying a Smart Key to automatically open and close the back door simply by placing their feet under the rear bumper. (Equipped to the ZX grade as standard; available as a manufacturer's option on the VX grade)

*4: nanoe is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation

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