Toyota Manufacturing Corporation has announced plans are on top gear to launch into the world markets its new Land Cruiser from this summer.
Since its launch in 1951, the Land Cruiser has continued to be selected by customers as a safe and secure vehicle symbolising Toyota.
A cumulative total of approximately 10.4 million units and more than 300,000 units a year have been sold in 170 countries and regions all over the world.
To continue to live up to its reputation among customers as a vehicle that allows people to go anywhere and everywhere and come back alive and safe, the Land Cruiser’s unrivaled existence has continued to evolve, improving its reliability, durability, and off-road performance.
The flagship station wagon model of the Land Cruiser has been completely redesigned.
Information from Toyota’s website revealed that in this 70th anniversary year of the Land Cruiser, Toyota has completely redesigned its character by merging technologies accumulated over many years with the latest technologies, and is planning to launch it all over the world starting in the summer of 2021.
The car that symbolises Toyota’s history of delivering safety and security to people for over 70 years
The Land Cruiser was launched in August 1951 as the four-wheel-drive Toyota BJ equipped with a powerful engine, which demonstrated a high level of off-road performance in adverse environments, for example, becoming the first vehicle to climb up to the sixth checkpoint of Mount Fuji.
Due in part to its performance record, it began to be adopted as a police patrol car all over Japan.
Thus began the tradition of, “Striving to deliver safety and security to all customers as well as others involved with this vehicle.” This tradition would continue for 70 years and can be considered the foundation of a mobility company.
Since then, a cumulative total of approximately 10.4 million units and more than 300,000 units a year have been enjoyed by customers in 170 countries and regions all over the world.
“The essence that the Land Cruiser has been maintaining for the sake of customers consists of reliability, durability, and off-road performance.
“As an indispensable tool that supports people’s livelihood in places that can only be travelled to and from using the Land Cruiser;
“As a vehicle that supports lives in humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts.
“As a vehicle that supports more enriched lives through experiences only the Land Cruiser can provide,” the automaker explained.
With these applications in mind and to continue responding to customers’ expectations of the Land Cruiser as “a vehicle that promises to take you anywhere and everywhere and come back alive and safe,” Toyota has been advancing and evolving the Land Cruiser by setting ever-tighter development and evaluation standards as needed, based on the actual usage situations of customers all over the world.
As of the end of 2020 both the cumulative and annual numbers include the Lexus LX and GX.
The Land Cruiser has evolved as a car while incorporating the latest technologies as the flagship model of the Land Cruiser series.
The redesigned new Land Cruiser (300 Series), the successor to the 200 Series that debuted in 2007, is a station wagon model. As the flagship model of the Land Cruiser series, it has in every generation led the way in vehicle evolution while incorporating the latest technologies.
Toyota stated that the development objectives for the new Land Cruiser were based on inheriting and evolving the Land Cruiser’s essence of “reliability, durability, and off-road performance.”
It also includes the creation of a riding experience that enables the driver to drive with ease on any type of road in the world without tiring easily.
With these objectives in mind, Toyota said it adopted the new GA-F platform based on TNGA while keeping the frame structure, which is the foundation that protects the Land Cruiser’s essence.
Furthermore, Toyota redesigned the Land Cruiser’s character by merging technologies accumulated over many years with the latest technologies, to achieve such improvements as vehicle weight reduction, lowering the centre of gravity, the adoption of a new powertrain, and new interior and exterior designs.
Redesign of the Land Cruiser’s features with adoption of the new GA-F platform:
The frame itself was redesigned to reduce weight and increase rigidity and various steps were taken, such as the reduction of the total weight of the vehicle (by 200 kg) including the frame and the body, lowered centre of gravity, weight distribution, and improved suspension structure.
Based on these improvements in features, as well as through improvements obtained through actual driving tests by evaluation members, including in-house drivers with advanced or master-level technical skills and drivers who had participated in the Dakar Rally, Toyota aimed to create a car that is easy to drive and does not easily tire the driver both on-road and off-road.
To further improve the traditional off-road performance, the following developments and new technologies have been adopted:
Improvement in the basic suspension performance (wheel articulation: a number indicating the ability of a tyre to stay on the ground);
Improved road-holding performance through the adoption of the E-KDSS (Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) (first in the world);
Adoption of the Multi-Terrain Monitor, which instantly displays obstacles as viewed from the driver’s viewpoint;
Adoption of the Multi Terrain Select, which automatically judges the road surface and selects the best driving mode;
Simultaneous achievement of class-leading driving performance, pleasant driving experience, and environmental performance based on a new powertrain;
A newly developed V6 twin-turbo engine (3.5-litre gasoline and 3.3-litre diesel) is used to achieve class-leading driving performance and drivability that surpass those of a conventional V8 engine.
In terms of environmental performance, Toyota is aiming to globally reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 10 per cent a year compared with the previous model by combining the newly developed Direct Shift-10AT (10-speed automatic transmission) with lighter body weight.
Based on the in-house weighted average calculation, carbon dioxide (CO2) emission comparison of the global total amounts to between the 200 and 300 series in use.
Engine and transmission specifications of the new model (The specifications for representative grades for overseas markets, maximum output and maximum torque values were measured in-house).
Interior and exterior design in pursuit of the ultimate in functional beauty and a package that places priority on off-road performance:
On the exterior, the new Land Cruiser has pursued functional beauty in line with the Land Cruiser’s heritage, such as light positions and bumper shape that are unlikely to be damaged during off-road driving.
On the interior, a horizontal instrument panel is provided that easily captures the vehicle’s position even during off-road driving. Additionally, Toyota pursued operational comfort by positioning switches that can be intuitively operated according to function, and using shape and colour designs that improve operability.
As for the package, placing priority on off-road performance, the vehicle size including the total length, total width, and wheelbase, as well as both the departure and approach angles have been kept the same as the previous model (excluding some grades).
Class-leading advanced safety performance befitting the flagship model of the Land Cruiser series:
The new Land Cruiser has adopted the latest Toyota Safety Sense active safety package with additional advanced functions.
Two functions have been added to the pre-collision system that helps avoid a collision or reduce damage by detecting pedestrians (daytime and nighttime) and cyclists (daytime).
The first is a function that detects oncoming vehicles at intersections and oncoming pedestrians crossing the street when the vehicle is turning in either direction.
The second is an emergency steering and crash avoidance function, which assists with steering and lane keeping and is triggered when the driver performs a steering maneuver to avoid collision.
Furthermore, the new Land Cruiser has adopted the new Parking Support Brake, which helps prevent accidents by recognising obstacles in front and back of the vehicle in a parking lot, approaching vehicles when the vehicle is backing, and pedestrians.
Having achieved all these evolutions, Toyota plans to make a global premier of the new Land Cruiser starting this summer.