Land Cruiser upgraded

If ever South Africans wanted something that would climb every mountain they turned to the farmer’s favourite, the Toyota Land Cruiser from the venerable bakkie to the luxurious VX-R – all with the common denominators of a ladder-frame chassis and V8 diesel engine.

Now the SUV variants of the 200 Series have been given a few tweaks for 2019.


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 the same 4,5-litre V8 turbo-diesel engine with outputs of 195 kW at 3 400 r/min and 650 Nm from 1 600 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 multi-slat 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
• Auto-dimming mirrors
• Integrated tow hitch
• Leather interior
• Power-adjustable front seats
• 3-zone climate control
• Front ventilated seats
• Heated seats (1st and 2nd row)
• ‘Coolbox’
• Optitron instrumentation
• Surround-view cameras
• Satellite Navigation and touchscreen infotainment
• Smart Entry
• Tyre Pressure Monitoring
• Multi-Terrain Select (switchable off-road driving modes)
• Active Traction Control (A-TRAC)
• Crawl Control
• Full suite of electronic driving aids including Lane Keeping system and 10 air bags


Land Cruiser 200 4.5D V8 GX-R 6AT – R 1 021 900
Land Cruiser 200 4.5D V8 VX-R (Black/Beige/Brown) 6AT – R 1 405 600

All Land Cruiser 200’s come standard with a 9-services/90 000 km service plan (intervals are pegged at 12 months/10 000 km) and 3-year/100 000 km warranty.

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