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The 14-year wait for the LandCruiser 300-Series is finally over. Toby Hagon gets behind the wheel and under the hood to see if it was worth the wait.
When the last new Toyota LandCruiser went on sale in 2007, the iPhone wasn’t available in Australia, John Howard was still our Prime Minister and Melbourne’s median house price was about $420,000.
Yep, it was a long time ago. New LandCruisers certainly don’t come along every day – or every decade.
That 200-Series LandCruiser of 14 years ago was big news, in part because it was bigger than ever and came with a big new V8 diesel engine.
Its replacement is only just arriving in Australia in the form of the 300-Series, an SUV that doesn’t mess with the template set by the 200-Series. The LC300 is still a big heavy wagon that rides on a truck-like ladder frame chassis with independent front suspension and a live rear axle. Low range gearing allows for slow-speed crawling over just about anything.
The LandCruiser is still designed to traverse almost every part of Australia. But there are significant changes.
Toyota has used aluminum panels for the doors, roof, and bonnet - part of putting the LandCruiser on a diet that’s shaved about 200kg from its still portly body, along with replacing the V8 engine with a V6.
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