Toyota Land Cruiser Gets More Grunt

Toyota has ramped up the power for its long-serving off-road stalwart, the Toyota Land Cruiser.

The SUV, praised around the globe for its durability and dirt-track prowess, now gets a new and more efficient 2.8-liter engine for both the passenger and commercial versions of the car. It’s a four-cylinder turbodiesel unit claiming maximum 201bhp at 3,000rpm and producing peak torque of 368ft-lbs from 1,600rpm.

This marks an increase of 27bhp and 3.6f-lbs of torque on the previous engine, gains that are reflected in a 2.8-second reduction in the 0-62mph time to less than 10 seconds. These gains have been matched by engine management enhancements, including a stop-start system as standard, which result in slightly better fuel economy and CO2 emissions on the previous powertrain.

The car comes in Europe in two specification levels, Active and Invincible, with the range topping adding serious off-road technologies including Multi-Terrain Select, a rear differential lock, center Torsen limited-slip differential, Crawl Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension with electronically modulated rear air suspension.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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