New Toyota Land Cruiser Review
With a heritage that can be traced back 50 years the Land Cruiser is a difficult car to miss, designed to take on all the world can throw at it, the Land cruiser is used by charities and agencies world wide because of its ability to take any terrain in its stride. If you don't really want to get your Land Cruiser dirty then you're doing the vehicle a total disservice and you'll never find out just how good it is off road. Be careful though, if you do try out the Land Cruiser in an off road environment you may find yourself driving round looking for people who are stuck in fields that you can rescue, it really is that good in the mud. If the Land Cruiser is not enough you can always take a look at the Land Cruiser Amazon, this car is an enormous animal, with the ability to drag just about anything out of any terrain, for those in the know the Land Cruiser Amazon really is the ¬?numero uno¬? when you need a true off roader.
The Land Cruiser is available in either three or five door variants that seat five or eight people respectively although the three door Land Cruiser is only available with the LC3 level of trim. All Toyota Land Cruiser models are powered by either a 3.0 litre common rail turbo diesel engine that develops 161 bhp through either a six speed manual or a five speed auto gearbox (the auto box only being available on the five door variants), or a 4.0 VVT-I petrol engine that produces 245 bhp again through either a six speed manual or a five speed auto box (petrol engines are not available on the Land Cruiser LC3 models).
Beginning with the Toyota Land Cruiser LC3, standard features on this trim level include 17" 6-spoke alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts on 265/65R17 tyres, 3-point seatbelts - 2nd & 3rd row with ELR & ALR (third row, five door only), 60/40 split/fold 2nd row seats (50/50 split/fold 3rd row seats on five door), electronically controlled ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, dual zone climate control air conditioning system - (driver & passenger separate controls), electronic air re-circulation function, SRS 2 steps driver & front passenger airbags, SRS Driver & front passenger, lateral airbags, SRS Roof mounted front & rear airbags, front & rear arm rests, audio, integrated unique fit with Liquid Crystal Display, brake Assist System, AM/FM radio with preset settings, single disc CD Player, 6speakers, central double locking with remote activation, recline function on 2nd row seats (five door only), child seat fixings - ISO-FIX (2nd row, 2 outer seats), seat cushion tip-up facility on 3rd row seat (five door only), clean air filter, crash restraint body structure, centre differential locks, rear differential locks, colour keyed door handles and mirrors, child proof locks on rear doors (five door only), velour door inserts, drivers footrest, energy absorbing crumple zones front and rear, stainless steel finish exhaust, colour keyed, electrically adjustable, heated & retractable exterior mirrors, front fog Lamps, rear fog Lamps with auto cancelling, colour keyed front and rear bumpers, chrome effect front grille, remote release fuel Cap, fully trimmed boot, green tinted glass, head impact protection structure roof side and pillar, retractable headlamp washers, instrument display dimmer, front, centre & rear interior light, intrusion sensor with switch-off button, key In warning, lights On warning, luggage area illumination, luggage load hooks in boot, electric drivers lumbar Support, mud flaps, manual multi adjustable front seats, outside temperature display, electrically controlled power Assisted Steering, RDS with PTY and EON settings, glass integrated radio Aerial, heated rear screen, remote alarm with perimeter and microwave interior protection, roof rails, security window etching linked to 24hr ISR help line, side impact bars on all side doors, side steps, sliding front armrest, centre tunnel & door storage boxes, transponder key engine immobiliser, velour upholstery, vehicle parts marking - major parts traceable to VIN, colour keyed wheel arch extensions, driver & passenger whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) concept seat and all electric with "one-touch" & anti-trap mechanism windows.
Next in the Land Cruiser range is the Land Cruiser LC4, this model has active traction control (A-TRC), vehicle stability control (VSC), cruise control, wood effect inserts on the dashboard, colour keyed door handles and mirrors, leather effect door inserts, brushed aluminium effect door switch trim, electronic traffic avoidance, leather trimmed gear shift knob, heated driver & front passenger seat, electric multi adjustable front seats, satellite navigation system with UK DVD ROM & turn-by-turn, 4-spoke leather trim steering wheel, electric tilt/slide sunroof with shade, one touch anti-trap & key off function and leather upholstery seat facings all in addition or replacement to the equipment found on the Land Cruiser LC3.
Finally the Land Cruiser LC5, specification on this vehicle includes additional audio controls through 7-inch screen, a glovebox mounted CD auto-changer, 9 Speakers, a cassette player and semi active TEMS suspension (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) all in addition or replacement to the specification of the Land Cruiser LC4.
For those of you that need a Land Cruiser with a little bit more oomph there is the Land Cruiser Amazon, this vehicle is powered by either a 4.2 litre common rail turbo diesel or a 4.7 V8 petrol engine developing 204 ps and 238 ps respectively, the diesel is available with both manual and automatic transmissions whereas the petrol is only available with the auto gearbox. The manual variant of the Land Cruiser Amazon has 18-inch alloy wheels, 3-point seat belts on front & rear seats, 50/50 split/fold 3rd row seats, 60/40 split/fold 2nd row seats, ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), alarm & immobiliser, centre differential lock, electric tilt/slide sunroof with shade, front & rear climate control air-conditioning, fully integrated DVD satellite navigation system, headrest mounted in car entertainment system with DVD player and games console compatibility, leather steering wheel & gear knob, leather upholstery, electric multi-adjustable front seats with memory, optitron instrumentation, permanent 4WD, radio/cassette/CD auto changer with 7-inch screen and 7 speakers, rain sensitive front wipers, rear differential lock, rear seats audio control, remote central double locking, roof mounted SRS airbags, twin front & side SRS airbags, roof rails, under body mounted spare wheel, steering wheel - tilt adjustable with memory function and TEMS (Toyota Electronic Modulated Suspension) all fitted as standard. The automatic version of the Land Cruiser Amazon also benefits from variable gear ratio steering VGRS and vehicle stability control, active traction control & brake assist (VSC, A-TRC & BA).
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