Toyota has revised the Land Cruiser for the 2005 model year.
The new models will be available from 1 October and feature enhanced specifications and stronger diesel engine performance.
The restructured range introduces a more sophisticated satellite navigation system, equipped with Electronic Traffic Avoidance (ETA) as standard on the flagship LC5 grade. The ETA function constantly monitors real-time traffic information through an FM radio signal, even when the audio and navigation systems are switched off. If it detects delays on a route programmed into the sat-nav, it will automatically offer the driver the option of a new course, neatly avoiding any jams.
All Land Cruisers now benefit from cruise control and a front passenger seatbelt warning indicator on the dashboard, while LC3 models gain leather steering wheel and gear knob finish, plus wood inserts in the cabin trim. Both LC4 and LC5 models are fitted with a smart new wheel cover for the tailgate-mounted spare. As part of the revisions, the LC2 entry-level model is deleted from the range.
The transmissions for all Land Cruisers gain an extra speed: the manual gearbox changes from five to six speeds and the automatic from four to five. At the same time, the straight-six 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised to improve performance and economy.
Maximum output is marginally increased to 164bhp, and torque rises from 252 lb/ft to 302 lb/ft, achieved between 2,000 and 2,600rpm. This is expected to cut the 0-62mph acceleration time by more than a second. Provisional fuel consumption figures for combined cycle driving suggest a four per cent improvement for manual models and 15 per cent for automatics.
Detail adjustments to the 4.0-litre VVT-i V6 petrol engine are also expected to yield better consumption figures.
Confirmed performance figures for the revised engines will be announced nearer the time of launch.
Prices start at £26,995 for the LC3 3.0 D-4D manual three-door, rising to £37,895 for the LC5 4.0 VVT-i automatic five-door.