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Legendary Land Cruiser promises smoother ride


TOYOTA recently unveiled its new generation Land Cruiser.

The legendary four-wheel drive comes in long (LWB) or short (SWB) wheelbase guise with four spec levels: GL commercial, GX commercial, GX passenger and Premium.

At its heart is the three-litre diesel engine (2,982cc, 190bhp, 16-valve, four-cylinder common rail). Power is up 10pc but emissions are cut to 213 g/km (for the 5dr with automatic transmission) which means €1,050 a year in road tax. Fuel consumption is a claimed 8.1l/100km.

Prices start at €37,675 for the manual SWB GL commercial with the automatic costing €2,000 more. The LWB GL commercial kicks in €39,685.

The short wheelbase GX manual Passenger starts at €61,995; for an automatic gearbox model add €3,000.

The seven-seater long-wheel base GX, with leather upholstery and automatic transmission, costs €71,995. And the flagship seven-seat LWB Premium will set you back €83,675.

The body has been stiffened by 11pc, which is important for the quality of handling and ride.

The body-on-frame construction, meanwhile, has been carried over, which Toyota says allows for better absorption of vibrations and road noise.

Irish Independent