Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - NEWS -

Toy­ota has made some sub­tle changes to the Land Cruiser 200 for 2018, in or­der for it to keep its place at the pin­na­cle of the Toy­ota fam­ily.

As be­fore, two grade op­tions are of­fered; the util­ity-fo­cused en­try level model has been re­badged as GX-R (GX of old) – to align the nam­ing con­ven­tion with its lux­u­ri­ous VX-R sib­ling.

Both grades are pow­ered by a 4.5 litre V8 tur­bod­iesel en­gine with out­puts of 195kW @ 3 400 r/min and 650Nm @ 1 600–2 600 r/min.

No­table changes to the VX-R model are mostly found at the front of the ve­hi­cle. A new front grille de­sign fea­tures two prom­i­nent hor­i­zon­tal slats in­ter­sect­ing the large grille open­ing in an east–west fash­ion, re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ously utilised mul­ti­slat de­sign.

A smoked treat­ment has been ap­plied to the Bi-LED head­lamps and LED fog lamps, for en­hanced vis­ual dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion. The head­lamps them­selves in­clude auto high beam func­tion­al­ity, su­per bright LED il­lu­mi­na­tion and day­time run­ning lights (DRL).

A new brown in­te­rior trim colour has been made avail­able, now af­ford­ing VX-R buy­ers a se­lec­tion of three in­te­rior pal­ettes: beige, black and brown. The VX-R model con­tin­ues to boast an im­pres­sive stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion list, which in­cludes blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, leather in­te­rior, power front seats, three-zone cli­mate con­trol, ven­ti­lated and heated front seats, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing and multi-ter­rain se­lect to name just a few.

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