Land Cruiser Verdict
The Toyota Land Cruiser LC200 is all about attitude and true off-roading capabilities. Its intimidating proportions demand respect off other…See More
Land Cruiser Review
The Toyota Land Cruiser needs no introduction. The big burly SUV from the Japanese manufacturer is known as one of the toughest things around. You will find the Land Cruiser bashing sand dunes in Dubai, hauling medicines in the African outback or ferrying gangsters and politicians in the metros of the world.
The Toyota Land Cruiser we have in India is the J200 series which succeeded the J100 series in 2007. Though the body shell has been the same, the LC200 has undergone a few changes over time. The large horizontally slatted rectangular grille in the front is high mounted and does justice to the 1880mm tall SUV. The LC200 is almost five metres in length and weighs about 2.5 tonnes. The Land Cruiser looks are simple with the square-ish twin barrel headlamps with chrome extensions from the grille and a sleek front bumper. From the sides, the three-cab SUV looks burly with flared wheel arches and a robust waistline.
The cabin of the Land Cruiser is non-dramatic, but in a good way. The black dashboard gets a wooden strip across its width along with a silver accent. The touch-screen infotainment system sits high between the AC vents on the centre console. There are quite a lot of switches – to select drive, driving modes, diff locks, ESP, climate control et al. The front row seats are power adjustable while the middle row reclines and the third row can be split 50:50 and folded up. The two big dials on the instrument console read speed and revs while the smaller dials read engine temperature, fuel level and other requisites.The MID allows you to select what stats you would want to keep an eye on.
The LC200 comes with the 4.5-litre turbocharged diesel V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with full-time all-wheel-drive. The oil burner develops 261bhp of power and 50Nm of torque. The Land Cruiser is the top of the line SUV from Toyota and features Crawl Control, Terrain Response system, hill hold, hill descent control, traction control, vehicle stability control et al. It also has ten airbags to protect the occupants in case of a mishap. The Land Cruiser competes with the Range Rover Sport and the Land Rover Discovery in the super luxury SUV segment in the country.