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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series wagon is now on sale in Australia, sporting a new petrol engine, more technology and features, and higher prices for all but the base model.

The LandCruiser GX retains its $77,990 (before on-road costs) starting price, while the rest of the full-size 4×4 line-up sees increases of between $1326 and $7826.

The all-new 4.6-litre V8 petrol engine is both more powerful and more efficient than the old 4.7-litre unit. 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 adopt the six-speed automatic transmission from the diesel variants, replacing the five-speed auto from the old petrol model. The final gear ratio is taller in the petrol variants.

The downside for customers purchasing LandCruisers with the new V8 is the significant price jump, with GXL and VX models up by $6576 and the flagship Sahara up $7826.

The 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre V8 diesel is unchanged, and continues to use 10.3L/100km combined.

All new 2012 Toyota LandCruiser models benefit from revised exterior styling, including new grilles, lights and bumpers, and updated interiors.

The entry-level five-seat GX gains centre wheel caps for the 17-inch steel wheels, a new black grille and dual LED taillights.

The ‘Crawl’ off-road cruise control system now features five low-speed settings, up from the previous model’s three. Off-road Turn Assist makes it easier to take sharp corners by automatically applying the inside rear brake. The ABS has also been upgraded to adapt to varying terrain, including sand, mud and gravel.

An economy meter is added to the instrument cluster to encourage fuel-efficient driving. Other standard features include manual air conditioning, vinyl floors, twin barn doors at the rear, 93-litre main and 45-litre auxiliary fuel tanks, underbody protection plates, snorkel, six airbags and electronic stability control.

The eight-seat GXL adds 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.

LandCruiser VX models introduce the advanced Multi-Terrain Select system to the line-up, enhancing the vehicle’s off-road traction and giving drivers five pre-set modes to choose from: rock, rock and dirt, mogul, loose rock, and mud and sand.

Other standard features include front and rear parking sensors, auto-levelling HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior features leather upholstery, colour information display screen and chrome highlights.

The range-topping LandCruiser Sahara adds a four-camera Multi-Terrain Monitor, hard disc sat-nav map data, four-zone climate control, driver’s seat memory settings, second-row seat heaters, rear-seat DVD system, and a power tailgate. The Sahara’s multi-information display now shows steering wheel angle, digital speed and turn-by-turn navigation data.

The Toyota LandCruiser is the top-selling large SUV in Australia. More than 9100 were sold down under last year, up about one per cent on 2010. The LandCruiser outsells its direct rival, the Nissan Patrol, at a rate of three to one.

2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • GX diesel – $77,990 (no change)
  • GXL petrol – $83,990 (+ $6576)
  • GXL diesel – $88,990 (+ $1326)
  • VX petrol – $94,990 (+ $6576)
  • VX diesel – $99,990 (+ $1326)
  • Sahara petrol – $113,990 (+ $7826)
  • Sahara diesel – $118,990 (+ $2576)



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