Allround rating: 4/5
The 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 comes as a single model with a 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel.
Reported at the end of December that the 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser V8 was going to debut on 12th January at the Brussels Motor Show and, following that debut, we now learn Toyota will be wanting a not inconsiderable 80,000 euro for the Land Cruiser V8 in Europe.
The strength of the V8 Land Cruiser has always been its old school abilities; a V8 Land Cruiser can do what no other high-end SUV – outside Land Rover, perhaps – can do. But now for 2012 it also comes with a whole heap of home comforts and some clever techs.
The 4.5 litre turbodiesel gets 268 horsepower and 479 torque, which is more than enough to tear anything out of the ground you may want, if not perhaps enough to take on trendy softroad SUVs in the traffic light Grand Prix. But that’s not the point of the Land Cruiser – it’s the go anywhere ability that is.
Those goodies for 2012 include stuff like crawl control and turn assist, which cleverly brakes the inside rear wheel at low speeds for tight tuns. There’s also Toyota’s version of Terrarin Response – Multi-Terrain Select – which modifies a whole range of parameters - such as traction control, brakes and throttle response – to set up the Land Cruiser for its task.
Cosmetic changes outside are small, with modified front bumper, new headlights with LED running lights, some extra chrome and new tail lights. Inside there’s more chrome, clever sliding back seats, Toyota’s Touch Pro – which gives you a rear view camera, Bluetooth, Multimedia and rear-view camera – heated and cooled front seats, cool box and better quality trim and finishes.
There may just be one model of 2012 Land Cruiser V8 on offer, but if you really must spend a bit more you can add in Toyota’s Premium In-Car Entertainment option, which gives you a pair of 8″ monitors in the back which can screen content from DVD, USB or SD cards, and can do so independently of each other.
Available in eight colours - including two new ones, Pearl White and Pure White.