Vehicle Launches

70 years on: Toyota launches the most luxurious and capable Land Cruiser yet.

Vehicle Launches
12 July 2021

The Toyota Land Cruiser, a New Zealand favourite and a matchless on and off-road performer, gets a revamp to mark it’s 70th year.

The new Land Cruiser 300 preserves the durability, safety and reliability of previous models; delivered in a sleek new package. The LC300 proves that you don’t have to compromise on design for functionality.

Toyota is set to release the Land Cruiser 300 exclusively with a 225kW 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel V6 paired with all-new 10 speed automatic transmission.  It comes in a standard VX model, higher specified VX Limited and, for the first time, a GR Sport version.  

Loaded with a 3.3L V6 twin-turbo diesel engine, and exceptional 3,500kg braked towing capacity the LC300 will get you from A to B in all NZ terrains and conditions – snow, dirt, mud, sand, and rock. When the road runs out, the LC300 boasts a wading depth of 700mm*, ground clearance of 235mm with an approach angle of 32° and a departure angle of 25°.

In terms of appearance, the model showcases an upsized chrome grille, slimline LED headlights and refined luxuries like leather steering wheel and shift knob trim. 

You will have a choice of four exterior colours available across the full range: Graphite, Ebony, Eclipse, and Merlot Red. The GR Sport is also the only Land Cruiser available in a striking Arctic White. The standard interior synthetic leather upholstery comes in two colourways – black and sandstone; while GR Sport has custom interior combinations available to order.

Steve Prangnell, General Manager of Toyota New Zealand, says Land Cruiser enthusiasts will not be disappointed with the upgraded model. He insists the legendary capabilities of the Land Cruiser have not been lost.

“Land Cruiser has a huge heritage. In fact, this year we celebrate 70 years since the first Land Cruiser wowed four-wheel drive enthusiasts. This latest 300 series performs, drives, and tows as you would expect of a Land Cruiser,” Steve says.

Swapping out the former 4.5L V8 diesel with a V6 has not compromised the LC300’s power. The 3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel V6 provides 225kW and 700Nm – a healthy power increase over the former model’s 200kW/650Nm.

“Amazingly, the engineers have extracted more power from less. We have lost two pistons but have gained power and torque,” Steve says.

The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will be available at Armstrongs Auckland City Toyota branch next month.

This is without a doubt Toyota’s most aggressive yet luxurious SUV.

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