• Toyota PH launches refreshed 2015 Land Cruiser

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    D1---Toyota-LC20151027Toyota Motors Philippines took the covers off an updated version of its iconic sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Land Cruiser. The unveiling of the new LC200 took place on October 22 at the Society Lounge in Makati City.

    The Land Cruiser comes in two variants: the standard LC200 and the LC200 Premium, which replaces the Full Option variant in the older model.

    Externally, the update includes a larger and more prominent grille up front, which extends into the redesigned LED headlamps. These complement the two massive power bulges on the hood. Meanwhile, a new front bumper now houses LED fog-lamps. At the back, Toyota has placed new combination taillights and a chrome tailgate garnish. Although both variants come with new 18-inch alloy wheels, the Premium variant adds bumper over-riders and a signature body stripe.

    Stepping into the Land Cruiser, one will note the addition of illuminated scuff plates to protect the off-roader’s paint. The leather-lined, seven-seat cabin has been greatly redesigned, starting with a new center console holding a 4.2-inch multi-information display. Other changes include a new steering wheel, a new instrument cluster and the addition of a cooled storage box. Stepping up to the Premium variant adds a GPS navigation system, 4-zone climate control, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, an electrically adjustable, tilting-and -telescoping steering wheel with memory settings and an electric moonroof.

    The updated Land Cruiser comes with speed-sensing door locks and airbags as standard. But the Premium variant gets vehicle stability control, traction control, hill-climb assist, multi-terrain select, active front headrests that adjust in a collision to minimize harm to the driver and the front passenger and a new system called “CRAWL,” which works like an off-road cruise control that maintains a constant speed on rough surfaces.

    Both variants retain the twin-turbocharged-and-intercooled, 4.5-liter, common-rail-direct-injection V8 of the previous model, which produces 311 horsepower and 615 Newton-meters of torque, running through a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. The Land Cruiser’s venerable Full-Time 4WD system remains unchanged, too.

    All of the colors of the old model have been carried over in the update, which include Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Beige Mica Metallic and White Pearl (for an additional P15,000). Two new colors, Dark Blue Mica and Copper Brown Mica, are available upon firm orders.

    Perhaps more significantly, prices of the LC200 remain unchanged for all variants: LC200, P4.422 million; LC200 (White Pearl), P4.437 million; LC200 Premium, P4.845 million; and LC200 Premium (White Pearl), P4.860 million.

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