October 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
For 2011, Toyota’s Land Cruiser is celebrating 60 years of production in various rugged forms. This anniversary year has seen the introduction of the brawny FJ Cruiser, it’s seen special events and even journeys across NZ. But more importantly for Cruiser buyers are the extras you get when purchasing any new Land Cruiser before the end of the year. To mark this landmark occasion Car and SUV got reacquainted with the 2011 Land Cruiser Prado to check out the latest deals and rediscover exactly what makes this model line off roading royalty.
The special anniversary deals on the Land Cruiser range don’t include extra equipment or larger alloy wheels but concentrate on extended warranty and free servicing plans. If you buy a Land Cruiser in 2011, you’ll receive a 60-month warranty, a 60 month/75,000km service plan, 60 months worth of WOF checks and AA Roadservice for, you guessed it 60 months. So what you simply get is 5 years of guaranteed trouble-free motoring, and that’s certainly worth a lot. The offer is available on any model in the Land Cruiser range including our tested petrol-powered Prado VX Limited. Continue reading “Toyota Land Cruiser Prado VX Ltd 2011 Review” »
January 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Toyota NZ has just added a new 4.0 litre V6 petrol engine to its popular Land Cruiser Prado line-up. The NZ spec Land Cruiser Prado is currently available in three grades — GX, VX and VX Limited — each powered by a 3.0 litre common rail turbo diesel engine.
Available exclusively in the top-of-the-line VX Limited grade, the new petrol engine will be available from early 2011.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “When we launched the new model Prado last year it was then a diesel-only line-up as the price of petrol was skyrocketing. Since then we have had many customers ask for the Petrol version so we are responding to the voice of the customer by introducing this 4.0 litre V6 version. We’re giving our customers the power they want, with the advanced features provided by the VX Limited grade package.”
Prado’s 4.0 litre 1GR-FE V6 petrol engine delivers 202kW of power at 5,600rpm and 381Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. Mr Prangnell said, “With 202kW, this is the first standard Prado available in New Zealand to break the 200kW barrier. It’s a truly impressive SUV, and perfect for the active kiwi lifestyle coupling impressive off-road capability with everyday utility and comfort.”
The petrol Prado will tow up to 2,500 kilograms with a braked trailer, and 750 kilograms with an unbraked unit.
Like all new Prado models, the petrol Prado has an ABS system with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) function to optimise brake-force distribution regardless of vehicle load condition. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Active Traction Control (A-TRC) are also standard. Active Traction Control (A-TRC) limits wheel-spin when starting off or driving on all types of low-friction road, such as on mud or snow.
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August 10th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Toyota Australia announced yesterday that it will be adding the retro-styled FJ Cruiser SUV to its model range in the first quarter of 2011. Australian buyers will first see the domestic market version with a pre-production model on display at the Sydney International Motor Show scheduled for October 15.
The FJ Cruiser shares a platform with the Toyota Prado, and utilizes the same independent front and solid-axle rear suspension as the Prado. Bodywork is entirely different though with the FJ Cruiser designed to mimic the classic FJ40 Landcruiser.
“FJ Cruiser has loads of character that isn’t found in any other SUV, let alone one that is built for off-road terrain,” said Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner. “It will be a lot of fun to own and drive, satisfying those who want a modern vehicle with the boulder-crawling spirit of Toyota’s legendary off-roaders,” he added.
While Toyota has not confirmed technical details, the FJ Cruiser is expected to be powered by the same 178kW 4.0 litre 1GR-FE petrol V6 that’s used in the US version of the sporty off-roader (and also in the local Prado). However, being based on the Prado means a diesel option is likely for Australia.
To date the FJ Cruiser was only offered in left-hand drive form, but the addition of a right-hand drive variant will allow Toyota to tap into new markets, possibly including New Zealand.
Stay tuned for updates.
March 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Like many off road vehicles Toyota’s Land Cruiser began life as a military developed machine and has a history that stretches all the way back to the Second World War. The Prado is the lighter sibling to the full-strength Land Cruiser and has a family tree which retreats only as far as the 1980s. But the Prado can mix it up off road and still fit easier into one place the big mud-munching Land Cruiser can’t — suburban garages. Now in its fourth generation the Prado is marching back into the NZ market with familiar styling and a few new tricks in its backpack. Car and SUV mounted up with a top-spec Prado VX Ltd to see what it’s made of.
In terms of exterior appearance the new Prado is a clear evolution of the outgoing model, dimensions have increased in length (80mm), width (10mm) while height has decreased (15mm). This gives the Prado a stocky, assured stance and a more streamlined body shape with under-body panels has reduced the aerodynamic figure to 0.35Cd. A new three-dimensional grille, teardrop headlights and a curvaceous bonnet shape make for a modern face. In profile the Prado has a high beltline and flared rear wheel arches giving a robust look. Integrated roof rails and privacy glass are handy additions and on the Ltd model 18-inch alloys and side steps are included. Out back, LED tail lamps and a high rear spoiler round off what’s a curvy yet tough aesthetic.
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