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by Matt Brogan

Toyota is now offering as standard a 45-litre sub tank (in addition to the 93-litre main tank) on all 200 Series LandCruiser models.

Other improvements see LandCruiser pick up a rear-view camera, “crawl” technology for negotiating tough off-road situations, audio controls on the steering wheel, a 12-Volt rear accessory socket, 3.5mm audio input jack and a USB port allowing full iPod control and auxiliary input.

Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said the latest changes were in response to customer demand.

“Most LandCruiser owners already appreciate the long-distance cruising made possible by the 138-litre capacity of the two fuel tanks,” said Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, Mr David Buttner.

“The only two grades that previously did not offer the sub-tank as standard fitment were the highly specified VX and Sahara twin-turbo diesel. We are now offering customers greater flexibility. Buyers of those two grades can specify the sub-tank and have seven seats; alternatively, there is still an eight-seat option.”

All other variants (entry-level GXL petrol and diesel, and mid-range VX and luxury Sahara petrol) retain eight seats as well as the sub-tank. A moonroof is now standard on all VX and Sahara variants.

In addition, Toyota has added its breakthrough “crawl” control feature to all three diesel grades. “Crawl” is a feet-off control system designed to assist the driver navigate over rugged rocky terrain, moguls, rubble, snow, mud, gravel and sand.

It operates in low-range and has now been engineered for the 4.5-litre LandCruiser twin-turbo diesel engine, replacing Downhill Assist Control. It remains a standard feature on 4.7-litre petrol models.

VX and Sahara grades have also been improved with five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels (previously 17-inch) and 285/60 Dunlop tyres and dark grey (instead of green) privacy glass.

Petrol and seven-seat diesel Sahara variants have a DVD rear-seat entertainment system with three wireless headphones plus the option of playing through the audio system.

Sahara also has an upgraded navigation touch screen and a new Graphical User Interface.

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Entry-level LandCruiser 200 Series GXL (petrol and diesel) has a new driver’s seat with mechanical height and power lumbar adjustments.

The rear-view camera added to GXL and VX grades comes with a 4.3-inch display. GXL also gains front seat-back map pockets.

The Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) continues as standard on all grades except diesel GXL where it is an option.

LandCruiser 200 Series is offered with the choice of two V8 engines – a 195kW, 650Nm twin turbo-diesel with six-speed automatic transmission or a 202kW, 410Nm 4.7-litre petrol with five-speed auto.

Price rises for the upgrades have been kept to a minimum – less than one per cent for GXL and VX grades and around two per cent for Sahara.

For a full review of the current 200 Series LandCruiser, click here.




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