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New Toyota Land Cruiser V8


Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March



Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
Toyota has unveiled details of its new Land Cruiser V8 4x4, debuting at the 2012 Brussels Motor Show. The latest version of the behemoth SUV features upgraded technology to aid its already competent off-road performance.

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Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
The new Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by a revised 4.5-litre turbodiesel V8 generating 286hp and a tree-toppling 479lb ft of torque between 1,600 and 2,800rpm, but also meeting EU5 emissions standards.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
The real improvements to the Land Cruiser V8 come in the form of a horde of new systems to assist progress when the going gets tough, including Crawl Control - with seven speed settings for steep up and downhill gradients - and a five-setting Multi-terrain Select mode for different surfaces.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
A world-first 'turn assist system' tightens the car's turning radius under speeds of (6mph), 9.65 kph by reacting to the driver's steering inputs, braking the rear wheel on the same side as the turn, therefore increasing steering angle and hauling the car round in a tighter arc.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
Multi-terrain Select with locking-diffs modifies the car's throttle, braking and traction control depending on surface and also features 360-degree vision from four external cameras. When selected, this indicates the predicted path of the vehicle, displaying parallel width and length lines to help the judge distances and avoid obstacles.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
The Land Cruiser V8's styling leaves a little to be desired next to its rivals, however. A new over-sized front bumper, reconfigured headlight assembly with integrated LED running lights, a glitzy chromed grille and new 'double-cylinder' taillights feature among the styling revisions.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
Inside, the Land Cruiser V8 gets Toyota's Touch Pro voice recognition navigation and multimedia interface. An eight-inch touch screen controls the car's audio, sat-nav and climate controls systems, and features Bluetooth connectivity for audio and data streaming via a smartphone, allowing on board Google Local Internet searches.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
Toyota says the improvements in engine refinement, interior quality and equipment levels give the Land Cruiser V8 a high quality, more premium feel. However...

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
... at prices starting at over 70,000 for the current 60th anniversary special edition (and expected to rise for the new car), the looks and levels of interior equipment aren't as sophisticated next to competition from the Range Rover, BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 on sale March (© Toyota)
The Toyota Land Cruiser V8 will go on sale in some countries in March with pricing and specification details to be announced nearer the car's launch.

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