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The Land Cruiser 300: The flagship to lead the foray into Africa

The Land Cruiser 300 will be released this August.

The Land Cruiser 300 serves as the flagship to the Toyota SUV range, and carries the enviable reputation of the “Master of Africa”. 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.

The 300 will be available with two powerplants: a 3.5-litre V6 twin turbo petrol engine or 3.3-litre V6 turbodiesel. The petrol V6 offers 305kW and 650Nm and the diesel delivers 225kW and 700Nm. Top speed is given as 210km/h for both variants, and fuel consumption is indexed at 12,1 litres/100 km for the petrol and 8,9 litres/100km for the diesel.

The Cruiser will be offered in three spec levels: GX-R, ZX and GR-S. All models boast a comprehensive specification level including LED headlamps with integrated DRLs, keyless entry with auto door lock, park distance control, an electric parking brake, climate control with rear zone, power driver seat adjustment, multi-information display (MID), built-in navigation (with Tracks 4 Africa support on GX-R), multiple power outlets with charging port, crawl control and drive mode select.

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, a JBL 14-speaker audio system with DVD playback and 12,3″ screen, 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/Android Auto functionality.

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 Trace Assist and all-speed radar cruise control. The usual supporting functions such as Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) with braking, and Adaptive High Beam are also included.
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (ATRC) and Hill Assist Control (HAC), join Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and the obligatory ABS, EBD and Brake Assist (BA) driver support systems.

Pricing starts at R1 283 200 and includes a nine-services/90 000km service plan with service intervals set at 12 months, or 10 000km (whichever occurs first). A three-year/100 000km warranty is included across the board. Customers can also purchase service, maintenance plan and warranty extensions from their nearest Toyota dealer.

Source: MotorPress

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