2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series Upgraded
With more styling tweaks and additional features, Toyota, the Japanese automaker, launches its new 2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series wagon. The LandCruiser GX maintains its $77,990 starting price, while the rest of the full-size 4×4 line-up price took an upward leap. Revealed in 2009, the LandCruiser’s new 4.6-litre V8 will replace the existing 4.7-litre engine. Despite its smaller size, the wagon’s new heart brings better figures across the board. Peak outputs rise from 202kW/410Nm to 228kW (at 5500rpm) and 439Nm (at 3500rpm). Combined cycle fuel consumption falls from 14.5 litres per 100km to 13.6L/100km.
The new petrol V8 models get a boxier front bumper, a subtly updated grille design and, depending on the specification, new LED-equipped headlights. The major disadvantage for customers purchasing LandCruisers with the new V8 is the significant price jump, with the GXL and VX models up by $6,576 and the flagship Sahara up $7,826. The brand new 2012 Toyota LandCruiser models benefit from modified exterior styling which includes new grilles, lights and bumpers, and updated interiors.
Powered by Toyota’s 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre diesel V8, the rugged entry-level GX picks up the Turn Assist function for its CRAWL off-road cruise control system. The system also gains two new low-speed settings, up from three. Standard features in the GX include six airbags, vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist and multi-terrain anti-skid brakes. The entry-level five-seat GX gains centre wheel caps for the 17-inch steel wheels, a new black grille and dual LED taillights. Other comforts include manual air-conditioning, power windows with driver’s auto up/down and power-operated exterior mirrors.
Moving to the eight-seat GXL, it gains a 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior highlights, 6.1-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and reversing camera, USB input, alarm system and a 220-volt connector in the rear. The 2012 GXL also features a black grille with a chrome frame, along with modified halogen headlights. Other standard characteristics of the new models include front and rear parking sensors, auto-levelling HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels. When it comes to the interior, it features leather upholstery, colour information display screen and chrome highlights.