Toyota Landcruiser 200 Mechanical Features
By Jack Kates
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 delivers massive power, masive torque while using minimal fuel. Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) delivers the highest possible performance through even greater stability and control during both off-road and on-road driving.
More than just good looks, guts and muscle – the LandCruiser has long been at the forefront of 4WD technology. And this latest incarnation is no exception. It’s loaded with some of the most technologically advanced 4WD and safety systems you’ll find anywhere. Landcruiser 200 has a number of Driver Assist Technologies including Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). Its full-time 4×4 makes it invincible under almost any driving conditions. CRAWL – a unique 4×4 control system on Petrol Landcruiser – acts like an off-road cruise control.
LandCruisers have built their reputation on a rock solid exterior, under the surface it’s easy to uncover their softer side. Because no matter how rough and tumble it gets outside, you should always feel safe on the inside. Toyota equipped the LandCruiser 200 with a range of game-changing technologies and innovation.
Mechanical Massive Power, Massive Torque, Less Fuel
The LC200 more than adequately delivers power befitting its ‘King Off The Road’ title. The 4.5L V8 Twin Turbo Diesel engine gives you 195kW of power to play with, along with 650Nm of torque. Not to be out-done, the 4.7L V8 DOHC VVT-i Petrol grade delivers a mighty 202kW and 410Nm. Obviously, with power comes responsibility, and the LC200 takes its obligations very seriously. Both engines were designed with excellent fuel efficiency in mind. The diesel consumes a mere 10.3L / 100km* and the petrol just 14.5L / 100km*, and both meet strict Euro IV emission standards.
* ADR81/02 combined cycle. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on driving style and conditions and options/accessories fitted.
A more intelligent ride
The LandCruiser 200 interacts with the road—or whatever you happen to be driving across—like no other vehicle on Earth. Standard on selected LandCruiser 200 models (optional on GXL diesel) the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS#) delivers the highest possible performance through even greater stability and control during both off-road and on-road driving. KDSS# optimally adjusts front and rear stabilizers resistance based on movement of the hydraulic cylinders, assuring safe driving and a high level of comfort without the need for an additional power source. Developed right here in Australia for Australian conditions, KDSS# sets the benchmark in suspension control technology. #KDSS is an optional extra on GXL Turbo Diesel and standard on all other grades. However, if additional fuel sub-tank option is chosen on VX or Sahara Turbo Diesel, moonroof and KDSS are not available
You and your LandCruiser as one
Driver Assist Technologies abound in the LandCruiser 200, allowing you and your machine to tackle as a team whatever the trail throws at you. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) diesel models only dynamically adjusts hydraulic brake pressure on steep descents, helping you maintain a constant low speed without locking the wheels. So you’re free to concentrate on steering (and sight-seeing). Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) comes standard and detects downward sliding when you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator during uphill starts, suppressing backward movement by automatically applying braking force.
The 4×4 system in the LandCruiser 200 gives it full-time invincibility, under almost any driving conditions. Using an efficient motor switching method, it makes changing between low and high ratios a simple matter of turning a dial on your dash–and locking the centre differential for that extra bit of driving force is just as easy. A torque sensing LSD (Torsen® LSD) in the centre differential provides optimum torque distribution between front and rear wheels, providing better traction and control during acceleration and turning, and, just as importantly, increasing your enjoyment of the drive.
A world first with CRAWL
CRAWL is the 4×4 control system making its world debut in the LandCruiser 200. The ultimate in intelligent control, CRAWL operates like an off-road cruise control, automatically maintaining a low uniform vehicle speed to enable stable driving. This allows you to concentrate solely on steering because accelerator and brake operations occur automatically from the CRAWL# control. CRAWL# has been developed based on the pedal operations of veteran off-road driving experts, and, as a result, the control achieved impresses even the master test drivers who have participated in development.
#Petrol models only