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Toyota All-New Land Cruiser

Toyota has confirmed that it will take the covers off the completely redesigned Land Cruiser at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Toyota says this is the most technically advanced Land Cruiser ever made, and one of the most capable if not the most capable off-road vehicle in its class. The SUV's new Multi-terrain Select system allows the driver to dial in the type of terrain for enhanced system self adjustment effectively giving more efficienct power delivery and traction. Extra driver assistance comes from four cameras that monitor the situation all around.

Providing the necessary motivation is a 3.0-litre D-4D turbo common rail diesel engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It produces 128kW (171bhp) at 3,400rpm and maximum torque of 410Nm between 1,600 and 2,800rpm. Average fuel consumption is 34.9mpg and C02 emissions are 214 g/km. It takes 11.7 seconds to reach 62mph and it can achieve a top speed of 109mph (175km/h).

The Land Cruiser will go on sale in Europe during the 4th quarter of 2009.

World debut at
Frankfurt motor show


  • All-new Land Cruiser builds on six decades of worldwide success
  • Advanced, user friendly technology increases off-road capability and driver assistance
  • More refined on-road performance
  • Improved equipment specifications
  • UK range to feature single powertrain:3.0-Litre D-4D diesel engine with five-speed automatic transmission
  • Five-door model with five or seven seats
  • On sale in UK from 1 December 2009

With a heritage reaching back almost 60 years and with five million customers in 176 countries around the world, the Toyota Land Cruiser has become an icon of the 4WD market, its name synonymous with Toyota 's core values of quality, durability and reliability.

That peerless pedigree provides the platform for the debut of a new generation Land Cruiser at the Frankfurt motor show, a model that goes further than ever before to deliver true go-anywhere toughness and on-road driving poise.

Land Cruiser's reputation has been built on its ability to meet owners' demands for a vehicle that is utterly reliable in even the harshest off-road conditions, yet offering performance and refinement appropriate for day-to-day driving.

With its new model Toyota has extended Land Cruiser's off-road capabilities with a higher level of on-board guidance and technical support for the driver. New, user-friendly functions have been introduced that can help make tricky routes passable, over terrain on which even accomplished off-road drivers might feel challenged.

The quality and scope of these new features help make the all-new Land Cruiser one of the most technically advanced but enjoyable and easy to drive off-road vehicles in the world.

Style and comfort are important to 4WD customers, too, hence Land Cruiser combines it off-road toughness with pleasing on-road driving characteristics and higher standards of quality and comfort.

Bodystyle and powertrain

In the UK new Land Cruiser will be offered exclusively as a five-door model with seven seats (LC 3 model has five seats with optional third row), powered by a revised 171bhp 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine with five-speed automatic transmission. A three-door model and a 4.0-litre V6 Dual VVT-i petrol engine will be available in other European markets, but there are no plans for these to be offered in the UK . Combined cycle fuel economy is a best-in-class 34.9mpg and CO 2 emissions are 214g/km, improvements of 5.1 and 4.5 per cent respectively on current Land Cruiser performance.

Suspension, ride and handling

The rigidity of the body-on-frame construction has been increased by 11 per cent and insulating frame-to-body mounts have been added to absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, and to improve ride comfort.

The front independent double wishbone and rear four-link lateral rod suspension systems have been revised for extra comfort and steering feel. LC 4 and LC 5 models grade models are equipped with a new electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which adjusts the front and rear anti-roll bars for optimised on and off-road performance.

The flagship LC 5 version benefits from Toyota 's Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system with Roll Posture Control, which lets the driver tune the ride characteristics with a choice of three damper settings. An electronically controlled rear air suspension system works with the AVS, providing an auto-levelling function and switchable height control. The air suspension is also effective in absorbing high frequency vibrations and reducing road-generated NVH.

Off-road technology

A new feature launched by Toyota in the new-generation Land Cruiser is Multi-terrain Select, which automatically controls power and braking to optimise performance for different types of off-road surfaces. At the same time, the Multi-terrain Monitor feeds real time images from around the vehicle from a network of four cameras to provide the driver with more information about the immediate surroundings. The new Steering Angle Display shows the position of the vehicle's wheels and its predicted path, further helping the driver plot a safe route.

The Crawl Control feature lets the driver choose from five different setting to optimise vehicle set-up to tackle even extreme conditions with precision and control, without having to use the throttle or brake pedals. Crawl Control will also help the driver free the vehicle, should it become stuck in mud or sand.

Interior packaging

New Land Cruiser has a more spacious and refined cabin with accommodation for seven in three rows. The second row seats have a sliding range of 135mm and a more flexible 40:20:40 configuration, with reclining seatbacks. A walk-in, slide and tilt function gives easy access to the third row seats.

The two third row seats (an option on the five-seat LC 3 model) are full-size with integral headrests and they fold completely flat into the loadspace floor when not required. The footwell floor has been lowered by more than 38mm for a more comfortable seating position and, thanks to the slide adjustment of the second row seats, legroom extends to more than double that in the current Land Cruiser.

The left and right hand seats can be raised and lowered independently, using the Toyota Easy Flat system; LC 4 and LC 5 grade models this function is power-controlled at the touch of a button. Controls are handily located both inside the tailgate and behind the second row seats.

The flexibility of the seating is complimented by numerous, practical storage spaces, including a compartment with a USB port for simultaneous connection and charging of portable music players, and a large centre console box that can be fitted with a compact fridge unit.

Equipment features

Land Cruiser benefits from a range of high-tech, user-friendly systems to make life on board easier and more comfortable. The Smart Entry and Start system works in conjunction with sequenced lighting, and at the rear the tailgate has a top-hinged glass section that allows access to the load space even in tight parking spaces. Everyone can enjoy a comfortable cabin environment thanks to a separate air conditioning unit for the rear, giving new Land Cruiser a triple-zone climate control (LC 4 and LC 5 models only).

A multi-information switch on the steering wheel brings together several features under a single control, and the cameras used by the Multi-terrain Monitor also provide Wide-view Front, Side and Back Guide Monitors for easier manoeuvring in tight spaces and visibility at blind junctions.

Land Cruiser LC 4 and LC 5 models are equipped with a 14-speaker JBL Synthesis Premium Surround Sound System, giving 7.1 channel sound from compatible CDs and DVDs. It features an 11-channel, 605W Digital Signal Processing amplifier and, using the navigation system's Hard Disc Drive (HDD), offers a “sound library” facility, capable of transferring and storing up to 2,000 tracks from CDs.

Grade structure and outline equipment specifications

New Land Cruiser will be available in the UK in three equipment grades: LC 3 , LC 4 and LC 5 . Equipment highlights are provided in the table below, with additional features across the board compared to current Land Cruiser specifications.

LC 3

LC 4 (adds)

LC 5 (adds)

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Active Torque Control (A-TRC)

Electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)

Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)/Active height control

Downhill Assist Control (DAC) with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

Triple-zone climate control air conditioning


Seven airbags, including driver's knee airbag

Rear privacy glass

Seat memory package

ABS with EBD

18-inch alloys

Crawl Control

Active front headrests

Toyota Easy Flat rear seat system with third row seats (powered)

Multi-terrain Monitor

17-inch alloys

Third row curtain airbags

Steering Angle Display

Fog lamps

Leather upholstery

Multi-terrain Select system

Roof rails

Electric, heated front seats

Rear seat entertainment system

Cruise control air conditioning

Illuminated entry


Smart Entry and Start

Rain-sensing wipers


Climate control

Dusk-sensing headlights


Scuff plates

Auto-dimming rear view mirror


6-speaker audio system

Rear parking monitor



Front and rear parking sensors


Optional 3 rd seat row

HDD navigation system



JBL 14-speaker premium audio


Preliminary technical specifications


3.0 D-4D

Engine type

Four cylinders in-line

Displacement (cc)


Fuel injection type

Common rail

Emissions level

Euro 4

Max power (bhp @ rpm)

171 @ 3,400

Max torque (Nm/rpm)

410 @ 1,600-2,800



Acceleration 0-62mph (sec)


Max. speed (mph)




Overall length (mm)


Overall width (mm)


Overall height (mm)


Wheelbase (mm)


Front overhang (mm)


Rear overhang (mm)





17 or 18-inch


245/70R17 or 265/60R18



Approach angle (°)


Departure angle (°)


Ramp angle (°)


Side angle limit (°)


Minimum running ground clearance (mm)


Wading depth (mm)




Combined cycle (mpg)


CO 2 emissions (g/km)





Double wishbone

Rear Four-link with lateral rod

Four-link with lateral rod



Braked (kg)


Unbraked (kg)



1.     Fuel consumption and CO 2 values are measured in a controlled environment, in accordance with the requirements of Directive 80/1268/EEC, including its amendments, on a basic production vehicle. For more information about the basic production vehicle, please contact the Toyota press office.

2.     The fuel consumption and CO 2 values of your vehicle may very from those measured. Driving behaviour, as well as other factors (such as road conditions, traffic, vehicle conditions, installed equipment, load, number of passenger, etc) play a role in determining a car's fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions.


Toyota All-New Land Cruiser


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