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By Motoring Reporter


Cruising to new heights

Tyre pressure monitored, safe following distances automatically maintained.

The new 2015 Land Cruiser 200 builds on the solid foundation of its forerunners and adds a host of technological advancements – which makes it the most capable Land Cruiser ever.

The Land Cruiser 200 is equipped with a number of technologically advanced systems and features to improve its off-road capability. A new advanced Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) system takes the lead role in maximising performance both on- and off-road.

This system integrates with the A-TRAC traction control system and tailors vehicle performance to suit the terrain or obstacle. Six modes are available: Rock, Rock & Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock; Mud & Sand, and Auto.


A convenient Crawl Control feature is included on all models, with enhances functionality and full integration into the Multi-Terrain System (MTS). The Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) relays visuals of the surrounding environment back to the driver to traverse obstacles with far greater ease.

The system uses four cameras (front, side mirrors and rear), to provide a 360 degree view of the vehicle surrounds and is automatically activated when the MTS is operational. The selected mode and state of operation is displayed on the Multi-Information Display.

A unique feature is the “underfloor” view, where the ground surface is recorded prior to the vehicle passing over it, thus creating a “forward looking” image. This feature is useful for determining wheel and under-body position in rocky and deep sand conditions.

The multiple cameras are also useful for parking – and the system also provides parking assistance with multiple modes. The spec list is further bolstered on VX models by the addition of Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).

RCTA alerts the driver of approaching cars when reversing. The system calculates the estimated crossing time and illuminates the BSM indicator located in the exterior mirrors, as well as sounding a buzzer.


Tyre Pressure Monitoring creates added peace of mind, with individual tyre pressures displayed. On the active safety front, a full complement of driver support systems are fitted that include ABS, EBD and Vehicle Stability Control.

The new Pre-Crash Collision Mitigation System uses a milliwave radar sensor located at the front of the vehicle, as well as a front-facing camera. The system is able detect a potential collision with an obstacle or car. Based on information sent to the vehicle’s ECU, the system will first alert the driver of a potential collision.

If insufficient evasive action is taken, the pre-crash system will automatically apply braking pressure to mitigate the impact. The Adaptive Cruise Control uses the milli-wave infrastructure to automatically adjust vehicle speed to maintain a safe following distance.

GX models are fitted with eight airbags, with VX versions adding rear side airbags to take the tally up to 10. Providing further help to drivers is Lane Departure Alert.

Powering the Crusier is the tried and tested 4.5 litre turbo diesel engine. Featuring eight cylinders in a V-configuration, the unit provides 173kW and 615Nm and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

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