The name Land Cruiser conjures up images of great open plains, towering sand dunes and imposing cliff faces. The Land Cruiser range has earned the enviable title of Master of Africa, as its legendary go-anywhere ability has been proven time and again across divergent terrain. The Land Cruiser name has become much more than a mere model range descriptor, as devout owners and brand faithful often refer endearingly to their vehicle as a ‘Cruiser’.
The new 2015 Land Cruiser 200 builds upon the rock solid foundation of its forefathers and adds a host of technological advancements – which makes this the best and most capable Land Cruiser ever.
“The new Land Cruiser 200 offers a supreme combination of unrivalled off-road prowess, opulent interior appointments, spaciousness and superb ride comfort, all wrapped up in an ‘uber’ capable large SUV”, says Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors.
The first thing you are likely to notice about the new Land Cruiser 200 is its powerful and prominent front façade. The new large chrome grille projects a sense of solidity and strength, and underpins the completely restyled headlight clusters. The grille comprises two parts, an upper half and lower half. The ‘lower frame’ features an inverted L-shape, which extends into the headlight, creating a robust appearance with strong horizontal influence. The front grille and headlights form an integrated design, which symbolically links the 200 series to previous reincarnations of Land Cruiser models.
The bonnet features a three-dimensional design with convex and concave surfaces, which together form a resolute design. The headlights feature Bi-LED technology on VX models which provides superior illumination and visibility as well as low energy consumption. In addition, an Auto High Beam feature is also incorporated which autonomously switches between low and high beam depending on the level of surrounding light, as measured by the vehicle’s on-board sensors.
The new Land Cruiser 200 is available in nine radiant colours, with two all new colours; Sunset Dune Metallic – a lustrous copper red and Midnight Ocean Metallic – a regal dark blue.