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Africa gets a new Master

The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 has arrived

Africa gets a new Master

Africa gets a new Master: the Toyota Land Cruiser 300

For more than 70 years, the Land Cruiser has been the epitome of rugged dependability, and while the new Land Cruiser 300 continues in this vein, it also represents a new age for Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser 200, known as the Master of Africa, was around for 14 years, so the new model represents some big changes, as you'd expect. First of all, it is based on Toyota's highly regarded new-generation TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, designated in this role as the TNGA-F. The 'F' indicates the first ladder-frame execution of TNGA, and it is a sign that Toyota has not diluted the famed off-road ability the Land Cruiser name is synonymous with.  

Then there's the radical redesign, with a brash and boxy front end that has boat loads of road presence centred around a grille that seems to take up most of the surface area, and which is flanked by understated LED headlights. From the side, there is a distinct nod to Cruisers of old, with more boxiness and angles, even in the wheel arches. The rear features large trapezoidal taillamps with stylised light guides that are complemented by large Land Cruiser lettering and the Toyota insignia.

And behind that monumental grille lie more new tech, in the form of new engines. There are two options, both twin-turbo V6's. The first is a petrol option with a 3.5-litre capacity, producing 305kW @ 5200 rpm with a stout 650Nm available from 2000 rpm. This engine utilises Toyota's acclaimed D-4ST injection system (a combination of port and direct injection), quick-response Dual VVT-i system and low-inertia turbochargers to achieve an ultra-smooth power delivery.

The second is a 3.3-litre diesel option that produces 225 kW @ 4000 rpm and a monumental 700Nm available between 1600 and 2600 rpm. These impressive figures are achieved through a host of new technology including a new dual-stage turbocharging system, which offers both low-speed response and high-rpm power. An electronically controlled bypass valve directs all exhaust gasses to the primary turbocharger (which also employs a variable nozzle design) at low engine speeds - aiding spool-up of the turbocharger. At mid-to-high rpm, the valve opens to direct exhaust gasses to both turbines, contributing to increased power and a broad, flat torque curve.

The new engines are mated to a new slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission with low-range, and fuel consumption figures are listed as 12.1 l/100km for the Petrol and 8.9 l/100km for the diesel.

Moving off-road, the LC 300 has been fitted with the E-KDSS dynamic suspension system (on the GR-S model), which provides excellent wheel articulation and body-roll control. Then there's the All-wheel Drive Integrated Management (AIM) system, which combines the vehicles' key dynamic modules to deliver enhanced performance across all terrains, and the Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)  interface. The MTS-system allows the driver to select different terrain modes including Deep Snow, Mud, Dirt and Sand to optimise vehicle performance and maximise traction. In Low-range mode, Rock, Mud and Sand are available alongside the new Auto mode which allows the LC300's terrain logic and camera system to help predict the preferred driving mode based on inputs from various sensors.

The ZX and GR-S models also include a new 3D Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM) that uses four surround cameras to display obstacles around the vehicle, including terrain conditions. A Panoramic View mode creates a birds-eye view of the vehicle that aids visibility.

Then there's the Toyota Safety Sense system to ensure family safety, with features such as Lane Trace Assist and all-speed radar cruise control, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) with braking, and Adaptive High Beam. It's one of the most comprehensive safety systems available today.

Finally, there are now three trim grades: GX-R, ZX and GR-S. The GX-R is the entry point to the road, while the ZX I the luxury model. The GR-S or GR-Sport model is fully specced in terms of luxury features, but is actually the off-road performance model and forms part of the Gazoo Racing family. All three grades 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, JBL 14-speaker audio system with DVD playback and 12.3" screen, Multi-Terrain Monitor with Panoramic View, seat heating & ventilation for first- and second-row passengers, a wireless charger and tyre pressure monitoring. All models have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality.

The ZX model adds a Wi-Fi enabled rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, while the GR-S model features a high-tech E-KDSS* system to maximise off-road capability. Both variants also feature additional drive mode select modes and a AWD Integrated Management (AIM) system for superior vehicle control.

Prices start at R1 283 200 and go up to R1 842 900. All LC300 models are sold with a 9-services / 90 000 km service plan with service intervals set at 12-months or 10 000 km (whichever occurs first). A 3-year/100 000 km Warranty is included across the board. Customers can also purchase service, maintenance plan and warranty extensions from their nearest Toyota dealer.

Africa gets a new Master: the Toyota Land Cruiser 300

For more than 70 years, the Land Cruiser has been the epitome of rugged dependability, and while the new Land Cruiser 300 continues in this vein, it also represents a new age for Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser 200, known as the Master of Africa, was around for 14 years, so the new model represents some big changes, as you'd expect. First of all, it is based on Toyota's highly regarded new-generation TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, designated in this role as the TNGA-F. The 'F' indicates the first ladder-frame execution of TNGA, and it is a sign that Toyota has not diluted the famed off-road ability the Land Cruiser name is synonymous with.  

Then there's the radical redesign, with a brash and boxy front end that has boat loads of road presence centred around a grille that seems to take up most of the surface area, and which is flanked by understated LED headlights. From the side, there is a distinct nod to Cruisers of old, with more boxiness and angles, even in the wheel arches. The rear features large trapezoidal taillamps with stylised light guides that are complemented by large Land Cruiser lettering and the Toyota insignia.

And behind that monumental grille lie more new tech, in the form of new engines. There are two options, both twin-turbo V6's. The first is a petrol option with a 3.5-litre capacity, producing 305kW @ 5200 rpm with a stout 650Nm available from 2000 rpm. This engine utilises Toyota's acclaimed D-4ST injection system (a combination of port and direct injection), quick-response Dual VVT-i system and low-inertia turbochargers to achieve an ultra-smooth power delivery.

The second is a 3.3-litre diesel option that produces 225 kW @ 4000 rpm and a monumental 700Nm available between 1600 and 2600 rpm. These impressive figures are achieved through a host of new technology including a new dual-stage turbocharging system, which offers both low-speed response and high-rpm power. An electronically controlled bypass valve directs all exhaust gasses to the primary turbocharger (which also employs a variable nozzle design) at low engine speeds - aiding spool-up of the turbocharger. At mid-to-high rpm, the valve opens to direct exhaust gasses to both turbines, contributing to increased power and a broad, flat torque curve.

The new engines are mated to a new slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission with low-range, and fuel consumption figures are listed as 12.1 l/100km for the Petrol and 8.9 l/100km for the diesel.

Moving off-road, the LC 300 has been fitted with the E-KDSS dynamic suspension system (on the GR-S model), which provides excellent wheel articulation and body-roll control. Then there's the All-wheel Drive Integrated Management (AIM) system, which combines the vehicles' key dynamic modules to deliver enhanced performance across all terrains, and the Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)  interface. The MTS-system allows the driver to select different terrain modes including Deep Snow, Mud, Dirt and Sand to optimise vehicle performance and maximise traction. In Low-range mode, Rock, Mud and Sand are available alongside the new Auto mode which allows the LC300's terrain logic and camera system to help predict the preferred driving mode based on inputs from various sensors.

The ZX and GR-S models also include a new 3D Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM) that uses four surround cameras to display obstacles around the vehicle, including terrain conditions. A Panoramic View mode creates a birds-eye view of the vehicle that aids visibility.

Then there's the Toyota Safety Sense system to ensure family safety, with features such as Lane Trace Assist and all-speed radar cruise control, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) with braking, and Adaptive High Beam. It's one of the most comprehensive safety systems available today.

Finally, there are now three trim grades: GX-R, ZX and GR-S. The GX-R is the entry point to the road, while the ZX I the luxury model. The GR-S or GR-Sport model is fully specced in terms of luxury features, but is actually the off-road performance model and forms part of the Gazoo Racing family. All three grades 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, JBL 14-speaker audio system with DVD playback and 12.3" screen, Multi-Terrain Monitor with Panoramic View, seat heating & ventilation for first- and second-row passengers, a wireless charger and tyre pressure monitoring. All models have Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality.

The ZX model adds a Wi-Fi enabled rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones, while the GR-S model features a high-tech E-KDSS* system to maximise off-road capability. Both variants also feature additional drive mode select modes and a AWD Integrated Management (AIM) system for superior vehicle control.

Prices start at R1 283 200 and go up to R1 842 900. All LC300 models are sold with a 9-services / 90 000 km service plan with service intervals set at 12-months or 10 000 km (whichever occurs first). A 3-year/100 000 km Warranty is included across the board. Customers can also purchase service, maintenance plan and warranty extensions from their nearest Toyota dealer.