Angular styling is a nod to the Toyota 80-series of the 1990s. Picture: SUPPLIED
Angular styling is a nod to the Toyota 80-series of the 1990s. Picture: SUPPLIED

Toyota SA has revealed prices and details of the new-generation Land Cruiser 300 to go on sale next month.

The eagerly awaited SUV will sell in five models priced from R1,283,200-R1,842,900. Successor to the 200 series, the Toyota adopts a bolder design and more powerful new petrol and diesel engines. As before it’s a seven-seater with three rows of seats.

With its more angular styling the newcomer bears a passing resemblance to the 80-series of the 1990s — keeping the classic two-box look. The front façade features a large and prominent radiator grille with sculpted rectangular headlamps on each side.

The 300 model is a ground-up design featuring an all-new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform designated as TNGA-F. The F indicates the first ladder-frame execution of TNGA — a fact that should find favour with off-road enthusiasts.

Buyers have the choice of a 3.5l V6 Twin Turbo petrol engine with outputs of 305kW and 650Nm, or a 3.3l V6 turbodiesel with 225kW and 700Nm.

Top speed is pegged at 210km/h for both variants. The new engines are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission with low-range functionality. Crawl control and Drive Mode Select further ensure the Land Cruiser retains its well-known off road prowess.

Fuel consumption is claimed at 12.1l/100km for the Petrol and 8.9l/100km for the diesel.

The Land Cruiser 300 also introduces a new grade line-up, namely GX-R, ZX and GR-S. GX-R remains the utility-focused model as the entry point to the range, while the ZX replaces the VX-R as the luxury model.

For the first time on Land Cruiser, a Gazoo Racing Sport (GR-S) grade will serve as the off-road performance model. It has bespoke exterior styling and trim, rugged 18-inch alloy wheels, and an off-road-biased specification list. This model brings the GR brand into the Land Cruiser for the first time. 

The ZX has 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome detailing and more luxurious interior trim.

All models come well loaded with luxury features and off road prowess. Picture: SUPPLIED
All models come well loaded with luxury features and off road prowess. Picture: SUPPLIED

All models are well stocked with features including LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights, keyless entry with auto-door-lock, park distance control, an electric parking brake, climate control with rear zone, and electric driver seat adjustment.

So too a multi-information display, navigation, and multiple power outlets with charging ports.

The ZX and GR-S additionally feature power fold-down third-row seating, a power-operated back door with hands-free function, heated steering wheel with wood accents, JBL 14-speaker audio system with DVD playback and 12.3-inch screen. They also have a multi-terrain monitor with panoramic view, seat heating and ventilation for first- and second-row passengers, a wireless charger and tyre pressure monitoring. All models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

The ZX model adds a Wi-Fi enabled rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, while the GR-S model features a hi-tech E-KDSS system to maximise off-road capability. E-KDSS is an evolution of the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) which links the wheels via hydraulically-supported stabiliser bars. It locks the wheels together for improved on-road handling and unlocks the stabiliser bars when required for better wheel articulation (+30mm versus the current model) for off road use.

Toyota Safety Sense is fitted to both the ZX and GR-S grades and offers a full suite of active safety aids with autonomous driving technologies such as lane keeping assist, radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, adaptive high beam and rear cross traffic alert.

Prices:

Land Cruiser 300 GX-R 3.3D — R1,283,200

Land Cruiser 300 ZX 3.3D — R1,765,500

Land Cruiser 300 ZX 3.5T — R1,797,100

Land Cruiser 300 GR-S 3.3D — R1,811,900

Land Cruiser 300 GR-S 3.5T — R1,842,900

* Petrol ZX models will go on sale early August with the diesel and GR-S derivatives following shortly thereafter.

Prices include a three-year/100,000km warranty and nine-services/90,000 km service plan.

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