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Toyota launches New Land Cruiser, 200 kg lighter

Edward Green |
Toyota Motor Corporation has launched its new Land Cruiser.

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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. 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. 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 ZX, GR Sport, and VX grades)

The new Land Cruiser is equipped with Torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD) 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. 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.

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