The launch of the UK’s first commercial Toyota SUV has hit the wider market with the impressive ‘unstoppable’ muscle of the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The new models offer the continuing reliability, quality and durability that have earned Land Cruiser the international reputation for go-anywhere performance. The Land Cruiser Utility Commercial has the perfect pedigree to be a formidable workhorse, with a muscular, body-on-frame construction, inarguable all-wheel-drive capability and an extremely capable 2.8-litre D-4D engine.
Gareth Matthews, Toyota Light Commercial Vehicle Manager said: “Bringing the exceptional strength of Land Cruiser to our LCV line-up adds a valuable new dimension to the range, alongside the rugged Hilux pick-up and versatile Proace medium-duty van. We are sure that the quality and performance that have made Land Cruiser such a strong performer worldwide will be sought after by customers who need a vehicle they can rely on to do the job, every time.”
Short- and long-wheelbase versions are available with three and five doors respectively, sharing the same smart body styling as the recently launched new 2018 Land Cruiser:
*Overall length is 4,395mm for the SWB and 4,840 for the LWB; both vehicles are 1,885mm wide, with the three-door measuring 1,830mm high and the five-door 1,845mm.
*Inside, the rear seats have been removed to create a spacious load area, extending to 1,574 litres in the SWB and 2,216 litres in the LWB
*Respective payloads are up to 593 and 756kg respectively (according to vehicle kerb weight). Both vehicles can tow braked trailers with loads of up to three tonnes.
Load space is designed to be practical and hard-wearing including an edge-to-edge, flat, non-slip floor tray. The front cabin and rear cargo area division is a full height metal bulkhead with the benefits of strong mesh top section that is fitted with an easy access hatch. Loading is made easy via wide-opening side-hinged tailgates, alternatively, through either of the rear side doors on the five-door models. The rear windows are blanked out with matching body panels enhancing the Land Cruiser’s design detail.
The 17-inch steel wheels reflect the Land Cruiser Utility Commercial no-nonsense character. However, with regard to cabin comfort, convenience and safety the provisions are generous. The front seats have cloth upholstery and adjustable head restraints. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control and a six-speaker audio system with CD player, Bluetooth and (on the LWB model) Aux-in and USB connections. Dusk-sensing headlights, smart entry, front fog lights and roof rails are also included in the specification. Front, side and driver’s knee airbags are fitted and the vehicle is equipped with Multi-terrain ABS, Active Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control and a tyre pressure warning system.
The new models are on sale from 1 April, with commercial vehicle on-the-road prices of £27,546 for the SWB model and £28,509 for the LWB. Deliveries to customers will commence in July.
Land Cruiser Utility Commercial: off-road thoroughbred
The Land Cruiser Utility Commercial like its passenger counterpart is designed and engineered to contend with demanding off-road conditions.
The Land Cruiser LWB has a minimum ground clearance of 215mm; for the SWB model, the figure is 205mm. The approach angle, which determines the maximum gradient the vehicle can approach without the underside of the front bumper hitting the ground, is 31 degrees. Its maximum wading depth is 700mm.
Despite such generous ground clearance, there is a risk of the underside of the vehicle glancing the ground when driving over extremely rough terrain. To accommodate this, both the front and rear bumpers and ladder frame cross-member have been designed to slide easily over obstacles. The Land Cruiser’s slanted cross-member has been developed to slide up and over hazards. Many other SUVs have box-shaped cross-members, meaning they may easily become caught on obstacles, potentially causing damage or bringing the vehicle to a halt.
Having been engineered to excel in demanding conditions including sand and rocks, the Land Cruiser provides maximum traction at all times delivering off-road performance for which the model is renowned. Its proven permanent four-wheel drive system uses a Torsen limited-slip centre differential and a shift actuator, making shifting between the high and low ranges of the six-speed manual transmission easier.
Land Cruiser Utility Commercial: 2.8 D-4D engine
Land Cruiser’s 2.8-litre D-4D turbodiesel engine is a 2,755cc 16-valve DOHC unit which develops 175bhp at 3,400rpm. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, it produces 420Nm in the SWB model and 450Nm in the LWB, available from 1,400 to 2,600rpm. It will accelerate the vehicle from rest to 62mph in 12.1 seconds, and on to a 108mph top speed. Official combined cycle fuel consumption (LWB) is 38.1mpg with 194g/km CO2 emissions.