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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota Australia has launched an entry-level diesel variant of the LandCruiser 200 Series designed for Australia’s miners, farmers and ‘those who tend to torture’ their 4WDs.

The Toyota LandCruiser GX is priced from $77,990 before on-roads, making it almost $10,000 cheaper than the previous base model diesel, the $87,664 GXL.

The new LandCruiser GX has five seats instead of the standard eight in other LandCruiser 200 Series models. It is fitted with twin barn doors at the rear, a snorkel, underbody protection, 17-inch steel wheels, 93-litre main and 45-litre auxiliary fuel tanks, and vinyl floors.

The standard safety package is the same as the GXL model, including six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, multi-terrain ABS and Toyota CRAWL (off-road cruise control system).

Standard features include a 60:40 split-fold rear seat, manual air conditioning, and a four-speaker audio system with single CD player, AUX, USB and Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

The spare wheel is positioned under the cargo floor.

The Toyota LandCruiser GX is powered by the same 4.5-litre diesel engine as the rest of the 200 Series range. The twin-turbo V8 produces 195kW of power and 650Nm of torque, and is teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission, fulltime all-wheel drive, limited slip centre differential and two-speed transfer case.

The Toyota LandCruiser is the most popular large SUV in Australia. In the first 10 months of 2011, Toyota Australia sold 7441 LandCruiser wagons, well clear of the Nissan Patrol wagon on 2658 units.




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