Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, today introduced the Pride of the Land Toyota Land Cruiser, the UAE’s most renowned SUV and Toyota’s longest running production vehicle. Coming with 13 exterior changes, a new interior layout dubbed ‘Life Control Layout’, a class-first 8-speed automatic transmission, Toyota’s flagship Safety Sense P, and advanced tech features, the new Land Cruiser cements its position as the UAE’s leading SUV in its class.
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser launched in the UAE | Al Futtaim Motors launches the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser
First of all; the PRICE: The new Land Cruiser is available across all Toyota showrooms in the UAE in 4.0L, 4.6L and 5.7L engines, with prices starting at AED 209,000, AED 229,000 and AED 249,000 respectively.
The advanced design of the 2016 Land Cruiser revolves around functional beauty. It is functional for urban driving yet reliable to endure harsh usages in any environment, with an imposing stance and a profile that projects unity, width and stability. Coupled with optional 20-inch machine finished alloys, the exterior of the new Land Cruiser exude a tougher, more confident look thanks to the redesigned hood and grille, while the rear of the vehicle expresses a more stable stance with redesigned tailgate and lights.
The spacious, versatile and premium interior atmosphere creates a sense of comfort and safety, allowing occupants to get access to an intuitive and functional layout of switches, while the quality finish of genuine leather upholstery and metal texture ornaments exude premium look and feel. A total of two new interior colors are available, including a new leather finish and new interior finishes including light brown and dark brown.
A class-first 8-speed automatic transmission adds quietness and smoothness to the legendary all-terrain performance of the Land Cruiser.
Integrated safety features, coupled with advanced new specifications, make this the best Land Cruiser ever. The new Land Cruiser is the first model to bring Toyota’s flagship Toyota Safety Sense P to the market. The car also debuts several cutting-edge driver assistance features, including Pre-collision System, which warns the driver of a probable collision, radar cruise control for comfortable and safe long distance driving, Lane Departure Alert to warn drivers of lane deviation, Automatic High Beam which helps ensure excellent forward visibility during night-time driving, Rear Cross Traffic Alert system for safer reversing in tight car parks, and a blind spot monitor for safer lane changes.
The new car also offers wireless charging system in the centre console for supported mobile phones, as well as a new Google Places Search feature for POI-based navigation, while the rear entertainment system now features screen mirroring capabilities, enabling video streaming from supported smartphones.
“The journey of Al-Futtaim Motors started sixty years ago with this very same car, and today we continue our journey with the launch of the redesigned Land Cruiser. The newest iteration of this iconic vehicle supplements the success that it has seen the world over, and particularly in the UAE, with new exterior and interior changes, and myriad safety and entertainment technologies to suit every customer’s needs,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Motors.
“The Land Cruiser enjoys a long heritage in this country, and with the introduction of the redesigned driving dynamics coupled with enhanced specifications and exciting packaging, the new Land Cruiser will be a sure-fire winner in the market. Available across three different grades, customers can rest assured that they will find the Land Cruiser that’s right for them at any of our showrooms.”
The Toyota Land Cruiser was first launched in Japan 64 years ago, and was the first Toyota vehicle to be imported into the UAE six decades ago, when the first shipment of Land Cruiser BJs made its way onto the shores of the Dubai Creek, paving the road for what would become Al-Futtaim Motors.
In the UAE, since the introduction of the first BJ models in 1955, Al-Futtaim Motors has sold in excess of 320,000 Toyota Land Cruisers, reinforcing vehicle’s status as the best-selling SUV in its class in the UAE.
The 2016 Land Cruiser will be available in three different engine choices to fit customers’ needs, including the 4.0L V6, 4.6L V8, and 5.7L V8, the last of which is mated to the first-in-class 8-speed automatic transmission. Grades available include EXR, GXR and VXR.
Functionally Appealing Design
The new Land Cruiser exemplifies the ‘Vibrant Clarity’ aspect of Toyota’s brand design philosophy, which guides the development of off-road models that are vibrant and energetic, while retaining clarity of purpose. While further evolving the “advanced and rugged” design direction of the previous model, the new model has been designed for enhancing the functional appeal and advanced feel, to position it at the very top of full-fledged 4WD SUVs.
The design concept of ‘Functional Beauty’ is well defined by the distinctive grille frame that leaves a striking impression. The convex shape continues from the engine hood to radiator grille while the center of the engine hood is concaved, accentuating the solid and 3-dimensional feel of the front face. Chrome-plating has been applied to the top and bottom of the triple horizontal grille bars, thus expressing the bar rigidity and portraying both functional beauty and toughness.
The side view of the Land Cruiser exudes a rugged appearance with thicker bumpers and a higher hood line. Through newly-designed front and rear lamps and raised bumper peak, the vehicle posture when seen from the side has been improved, and the axis of the vehicle side has been set higher to express the flowing vehicle design.
The wide and high-lift appearance of the rear completes the Land Cruiser’s traditional tough image. The back door panel connecting to the rear combination lamps expresses power and a protruding feel, and the wider license garnish penetrates into the bottom of the rear combination lamps, adding a sophisticated and unified feel to the rear.
A new color line-up allows customers to enjoy a wide range of options that match the new Land Cruiser’s premium and tough character. The 2016 Land Cruiser is available in 10 exterior colors: Pearl White, Super White, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Black, Beige Mica Metallic and Attitude Black Mica, plus two newly developed colors – Copper Brown Mica and Dark Blue Mica.
The new Land Cruiser’s quality craftsmanship and reassuring functionality can be felt at every touch point. A great deal of attention has been paid to the genuine leather thickness and edge treatment to achieve both functionality and high quality. The metal-like ornamentation of the functional parts unified with satin silver paint, coordinated with the hairline finished aluminum-like ornamentation on the center and upholstered areas conveys a dignified feel emanating from the contrast and harmony of the materials creating a quality atmosphere worthy of the ‘King of 4WD’.
The 2016 Land Cruiser’s seat adjustment function enable comfortable 2nd-row seating, and its spacious packaging is capable of seating adults in the 3rd-row. The third-row seats can be easily configured as a spacious luggage compartment or comfortable occupant seating. It also features a convenient power back door that can be remotely operated. The Land Cruiser features a split-opening type door that enables the upper door to be opened independently. Perforated leather trim front seats and a leather trim steering wheel that features controls for the audio system, Multi-Information Display and Bluetooth hands-free phone system are just a few of the comforts available in the spacious cabin. Storage for small items has been added to the center cluster, and a wireless smartphone charger is available as an option. A total of 2 interior colors are available, including two newly added colors – ‘Flaxen’ and ‘Brown’ – that incorporate modern Shimamoku instrumentation to further enhance the elegant and luxurious atmosphere of the cabin.
The air conditioning for the Land Cruiser is designed to maintain peak performance even when the vehicle is being driven in extreme climates. The digital, fully automatic system provides four-zone, independent temperature control. In the front there are 14 vents and ducts providing air flow with manual or automatic temperature control. A further 14 ducts in the ceiling and door pillars and at floor level ensure rear passengers are equally comfortable, in both the second and third row of seats. Independent right and left temperature control is provided, even for the rearmost seats.
Powerful Engine and Superior Driving Dynamics
The heart of the new Land Cruiser’s capability is its 5.7-liter with dual VVT-i V8 engine, which produces 362 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 540 Nm of torque at 3,200 RPM.
The Land Cruiser is the first large SUV segment model with genuine off-road capabilities to offer a smooth and quiet 8-speed Automatic Transmission. Even with all its power, the Land Cruiser’s is no brute. It’s a highly refined machine, employing such technologies as dual independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) to help maximize performance and efficiency. ACIS changes the length of the intake tract in two stages, based on RPM and throttle angle to optimize torque across the engine speed range.
The transmission’s control unit estimates road conditions to select the appropriate gear ratio for the vehicle’s speed and driving conditions. A sequential shift mode allows the driver to select gears manually – ideal for added control in challenging weather conditions.
The Land Cruiser is one of the most technically advanced four-wheel drive vehicles ever produced and is equipped with a series of advanced dynamic and handling features. These have been further extended in the new model with the introduction of the world-first Turn Assist which works in conjunction with the Crawl Control function, plus Multi-Terrain Select, Multi-Terrain Monitor and Tyre Angle Display.
The Crawl Control System helps maintain a low uniform vehicle speed by automatically controlling the engine output and brake hydraulic pressure for the purpose of reducing driver burden when in off-road conditions. Crawl control is effective on jagged off-road conditions and slippery surfaces by moderating the accelerator and brake operations, leaving the driver to fully focus on steering the vehicle. The smooth control minimizes wheel spin and wheel lock-up, ensuring vehicle stability even on slippery surfaces.
Other features include a Multi-Terrain Monitor used in conjunction with Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) to help drivers confirm their surroundings when driving off-road. The driver can select a view from the front, side, and rear cameras to easily check the vehicle blind spots and confirm their surroundings. The MTS includes Underfloor View and Panoramic View to enable the driver to visually confirm the area under the vehicle and in the front and sides respectively.
The range of advanced active-driving control features extends to the Active Traction Control system which ensures excellent limited-slip differential (LSD) functionality by controlling brake pressure to slipping wheels when running off-road in the L4 mode. Adding to the versatility of the Land Cruiser is the Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system which prevents vehicle roll-back when stopping and then starting again on a steep incline or slippery surface while the Downhill Assist Control (DAC) helps improve directional control during descent on steep or slippery surfaces.
In addition, the vehicle features four-wheel Active Height Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension (4-Wheel AHC&AVS), a fully adjustable system that also provides spring rate control to give exceptional performance off-road. It also regulates pitch and body roll on-road to maintain ride comfort and refinement. For lift gate back door models, Aero Stabilizing Fins have also been added to the outer lens of the rear combination lamps, contributing to excellent handling and stability.
Unmatched Safety Technologies
The Land Cruiser is as solid as it looks with a body structure that makes extensive use of high-strength steel. A four-wheel multi-terrain Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) automatically adapts braking performance to suit the surface on which the vehicle is travelling. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) balances braking forces between the front and rear brakes, while Brake Assist (BA) provides auxiliary force to assist the driver during emergency braking.
An Emergency Brake Signal is also available and it automatically blinks the hazard lamps at the same time as the stop lamp illumination during emergency braking. The signal warns the driver in the following vehicle and helps reduce his/her reaction time, thus contributing to reducing the risk of being hit by the following vehicle.
The 2016 Land Cruiser has a total of ten airbags. Both driver and front seat passenger have knee airbag protection and both front airbags have a two-stage inflation capability to match the severity of the collision impact. Side airbags are also available on the front and second row seats, and curtain shield airbags protect outer seat passengers in all three rows.
Active headrests on the driver and front passenger seats move up and forward almost instantly in the event of rear-end collisions to help reduce the distance between the occupant’s head and the headrest. The advanced seat-belt system is designed to retract the front seat-belts when the brakes are suddenly applied.
A Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) System add Rear Cross Traffic alert (RCTA)are also available which alert the driver of other vehicles located at their side to assist the driver. By getting information from the radar sensor, the Blind Spot Monitor System is able to alert the driver of vehicles located in a blind spot. When another vehicle is detected in the blind spot, and also the turn signal lamp switch is not operated, one of the indicators mounted on the outer mirror surfaces turns on. The Rear View Monitor System displays video images of objects behind the-vehicle in order to help the visibility of the driver when backing up. There is also a Clearance and Back Sonar System which helps assist the driver in detecting the presence of obstacles when maneuvering the vehicle in tight areas and/or when parking the vehicle.
The Land Cruiser’s new advanced safety technology package called Toyota Safety Sense P includes items that are particularly effective in reducing risk of accidents. These include the following:
- Pre-Crash Safety system (PCS) that uses sensors to detect other vehicles or obstructions and warns the driver to perform evasive maneuvers while automatically activating the brakes when there is a high probability of a collision Radar Cruise Control helps maintain a suitable vehicle-to-vehicle distance while following the preceding vehicle.
- Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system warns the driver when the vehicle is unintentionally deviating from its lane.
- Automatic High Beam (AHB) System detects oncoming headlamps and/or tail lamps of preceding vehicles and automatically switches to low beam to reduce glare.
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