• Toyota's new Land Cruiser 300 will be launched locally in August.
• Pricing starts from R1.2-million.
• The Land Cruiser 300 serves as the flagship to the Toyota SUV-range.
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Toyota's eagerly-awaited and flagship Land Cruiser 300 SUV will make its local debut in August.
Everything from the design, grades, platform and powertrain is brand-new and gives buyers more value over its predecessors, with retail pricing starting from R1 283 200.
Starting with the powertrain, customers have a choice of two new engines - a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 petrol or 3.3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine that replaces the outgoing V8. The petrol unit churns out 305kW and 650Nm, while the diesel has figures of 225kW and 700Nm, both of which is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
A number of firsts
The 'box' look sees the addition of a larger grille, LED headlights with daytime running lights, and trapezoidal taillights. Underneath its skin is a ladder-frame chassis built off of Toyota's TNGA platform.
Where trim levels are concerned, GX-R, ZX and GR-S are the trim levels offered. The GR-S is the heralded GR Sport version and comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels. The ZX model boasts beefier 20-inch wheels.
Some of the specification highlights include keyless entry, park distance control, climate control, power driver-seat adjustment, multiple power outlets with charging port, Crawl Control and Drive Mode Select.
Safety assistance systems include Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with braking and Adaptive High Beam. Vehicle Stability Control, Active Traction Control and Hill Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control and Downhill Assist Control brings the driver support systems full circle.
ZX and GR-S models come with power fold-down third-row seating, a power-operated back door with hands-free function, a heated steering wheel with wood accents, JBL 14-speaker audio system, 12.3-inch display, Multi-Terrain Monitor with Panoramic View, first and second-row seat heating and ventilation, wireless charging and tyre pressure monitoring. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality come standard across the range.
Glacier White, Pearl White Metallic, Satin Silver Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic, Raven Black, Attitude Black, Ruby Metallic, Avant-Garde Bronze, Moonlight Ocean and Classic White are the body colour options on offer, depending on the trim level chosen.
All models feature a 90 000km service plan and a three-year or 100 000km mechanical warranty. Service, maintenance and warranty plans can be additionally extended.