Watch this video as David Lee, Product Education Administrator, Toyota Motor Corp., explains some of Toyota’s new off-roading Landcruiser attributes. You’ll also see our group tackling the off-road course Toyota set up for us in the Big Sky mountains.
According to Toyota, the Landcruiser is the vehicle that put Toyota on the global map, which explains why they put so much effort into the SUV that holds their heritage.
The 2008 Toyota Landcruiser debuts in October at a starting MSRP of $63,200, an increase of $6,985, or 12.4 percent over the previous model. The competitors for the Landcruiser are, Mercedes G-Class, Landrover, Volkswagen Touareg and the Land Rover Range Rover.
The Land Cruiser sports the most powerful V8 in the Toyota line-up, with an all-new 5.7-liter V8 engine and six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode. The engine delivers 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque and carries a ULEV-II emissions status. Maximum towing capacity is 8,500 pounds, an increase of 2,000 pounds over the previous model.
A Toyota first is the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS). Like all Toyota SUVS, the Land Cruiser comes standard with the STAR safety system featuring a four-wheel multi-terrain anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).
The Land Cruiser adds other new standard safety features including, CRAWL Control, a direct tire pressure monitor system (TPMS), and front active headrests.