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Toyota Improves Class-Leading Land Cruiser 200 Series

Toyota's iconic Land Cruiser 200 wagon gains new features and updated equipment for 2012 that adds to its looks, performance and customer appeal.

Land Cruiser remains true to its off-road heritage with uncompromising, go-anywhere capability.

The Land Cruiser 200 is available in VX and VX Limited grades.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Product Planning, Neeraj Lala said "Based on feedback from our customers, we've decided to re-introduce the VX Limited as a stand-alone model. This gives Land Cruiser 200 fans more flexibility to choose the model best suited to their needs".

"The 2012 Land Cruiser 200 has sharper styling and a stronger look while retaining the Land Cruiser heritage that New Zealanders have enjoyed for over four decades," said Mr Lala.

"This is our toughest SUV, and the flagship of our SUV range. We're building on that with even more luxury and advanced specifications."

PERFORMANCE / OFF-ROAD

Toyota's Land Cruiser 200 is powered by a 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine and features a six-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD with Torsen limited-slip centre differential and a two-speed transfer case.

Fuel economy for the common-rail twin-turbo diesel remains at 10.3 litres/100km with CO2 emissions at 273 grams/km.

Both grades introduce Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) to the Land Cruiser line-up. The next step beyond active traction control and all-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), MTS regulates wheel-spin, while multi-terrain ABS regulates brake lock-up to ensure optimum traction when driving off-road.

The new MTS function regulates wheel-spin in tough off-road conditions through five driver-selectable modes: rock, rock and dirt, mogul, loose rock, mud and sand.

The top-of-the-range VX Limited adds to Land Cruiser's reputation as 'king off the road' with a Multi-Terrain Monitor, utilising four wide-angle cameras for checking 'blind' spots and revealing terrain hazards and apexes that are normally hidden from the driver's view.

Toyota's off-road cruise control system - CRAWL control - has been improved from three low-speed settings to five settings. CRAWL automatically controls the engine output and brake hydraulic pressure to maintain a uniform vehicle speed with minimal wheel spin or lock-up, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering.

The system now includes an Off-road Turn Assist (OTA) function that combines with CRAWL control to make it easier to negotiate sharp bends by automatically applying the inside rear brake.

Other standard features include eight airbags (driver and passenger front, side, knee and front/rear curtain shield), vehicle stability control, active traction control and hill-start assist.

A Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is available as an option for VX and standard for the VX Limited. KDSS provides longer wheel articulation for the most challenging off-road driving and the roll control needed for confident on-road driving.

DESIGN

Both grades feature fresh exterior styling, including a new front with revised bumpers and grille and newly styled 18 inch alloy wheels. Interior upgrades include the latest audio systems and improved information displays.

There is a new grille with chrome surround and grey metallic accents, chrome surrounds for the fog lights with two parking sensors in the front and four in the rear.

Land Cruiser 200 features newly styled auto-levelling high-intensity discharge headlights with washers and daytime running lights with six power-saving LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

Side turn indicators are integrated with the exterior mirrors while the rear adopts new dual-LED lights.

Both grades are fitted with rain-sensing wipers.

Aero stabilising fins on the tail-light covers and exterior mirrors contribute to smooth air flow and lower wind noise.

Inside, there is an economy meter in the instrument panel - a feature progressively being fitted to Toyota vehicles to encourage fuel-efficient driving.

Land Cruiser 200 is fitted with a 3.5-inch thin-film transistor screen for viewing the multi-information display. The display for both grades now shows the steering-wheel angle, digital speed and turn-by-turn display linked to its electro multi-vision (EMV) navigation system.

A 220-volt connector has been added in the rear, while a reversing camera is standard.

Other standard items in the VX Limited include four-zone climate-control air-conditioning, a cool box, heated and ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror and power glass sunroof.

The latest Land Cruiser range has nine exterior colours with the addition of Shimmer mica metallic and Eclipse mica.

There are two interior trim colours - grey fabric for the VX and black leather for VX Limited. Land Cruiser VX is available with optional black leather and power seat adjustment.

The recommended retail price for the VX is $125,500 while the VX Limited is $147,500.