Toyota's iconic vehicle LandCruiser is now equipped with the more powerful and more efficient 4.6 litre V8 petrol engine, which now features variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust ports, lifting power and torque, while at the same time enhancing fuel economy and lowering emissions. In addition, the new 2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 family also gets updated equipment for its looks, performance and customer appeal. For instance, there is an off-road technology which now is improved with new multi-terrain anti-skid braking system that detects and automatically adapts to off-road conditions. It works in combination with the standard vehicle stability control and active traction control. Furthermore, the LandCruiser VX and Sahara, will receive Multi-Terrain Select. The system regulates wheel-spin in tough off-road conditions. Only in the Sahara model is featured the Multi-Terrain Monitor, using four wide-angle cameras for checking "blind" spots. Additional LandCruiser Sahara features are: air-conditioned front seats, upgraded navigation system, power-operated tailgate, and three-position memory for the power driver's seat, steering wheel and exterior mirrors. All models will include refreshed exterior and interior.

2012 Toyota LandCruiser 200 with new 4.6 liter V8 engine

Another highlight is that the LandCruiser's new V8 petrol engine is fitted with an acoustic control induction system. It serves in terms of improving performance at high engine speeds. Interestingly, is that the engine capacity is reduced by 56cm3 to 4608cm3, but yet the power is increases by 12.9 per cent to 228kW (310 hp) at 5500rpm and torque by 7.1 per cent to 439Nm (324 lb-ft) at 3500rpm. Moreover, the new single-pump air injection system speeds the warming of the catalysts by inducting air through the exhaust ports. More importantly here probably is that the fuel economy is significantly reduced to 13.6 litres/100km, while the CO2 emissions are down to 313 grams/km.

In details, the new engine has a six-speed automatic transmission. It has artificial intelligence control, which allows its computers to select the appropriate gear ratio by estimating road conditions. LandCruiser 200 GXL, VX and Sahara customers have the option to choose between the new petrol engine and Toyota's 195kW (265 hp) 650Nm (480 lb-ft) 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo common-rail diesel engine. In addition, the GX version is offered with the diesel engine. All variants have 138-litre fuel-tank capacity with 93-litre main and 45-litre sub tanks. The range now is offered in nine exterior colours and three interior trim colours.

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Source: Toyota