Toyota launches new Land Cruiser 250 Series in Japan

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp has added the 250 series to the Land Cruiser lineup in Japan.

Alongside this, it has also released the special edition models ZX "First Edition" and VX "First Edition" - limited to 8,000 units.

Toyota says in creating the new 250 series, the development team set out to return the Land Cruiser Prado, which shifted toward high-end and luxury over time, to the light-duty model that customers have come to expect.

Under the keyword "back to the basics," they defined the development concept as "The Land Cruiser: a vehicle that supports customers' daily lives and one they can trust."

The introduction of the 250 series has further clarified the position of the three Land Cruiser models.

The vehicle names have also returned to their roots, with all models unified under "Land Cruiser".

The "70" series wagon models from 1990 were newly marketed as the Land Cruiser Prado; since then, the Land Cruiser lineup has had two vehicle names: Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser Prado.

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With the same robust GA-F platform as the 300 series, the 250 series delivers exceptional off-road performance.

It is the first in the Land Cruiser lineup to feature electric power steering (EPS) and Stabilizer with Disconnection Mechanism (SDM).

EPS reduces kickback (the vehicle's tires are forcibly turned due to terrain or obstacles when driving off-road, causing the steering wheel to turn sharply by itself) during off-road driving, ensuring ease of handling whether on or off-road, while the SDM enables the front stabilizer state to be locked or unlocked at the touch of a button, delivering driving performance and ride comfort when off-road and handling stability when on-road.

The 250 series is offered with two powertrains: a 2.8-liter direct injection turbo diesel engine with Direct Shift-8AT, or a 2.7-liter petrol engine with 6 Super ECT.

The turbo diesel powertrain delivers maximum torque of 500Nm at low engine speeds of 1,600 to 2,800rpm to achieve fun, torquey driving.

Its fuel efficiency of 11km/L in WLTC mode was achieved with DPR (Diesel Particulate Active Reduction) and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) systems, significantly reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and making the "250" series compliant with 2018 emission standards.

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Meanwhile, the petrol powertrain delivers maximum output of 120kW (163PS) and maximum torque of 246Nm, and mated to a 6 Super ECT, it is billed as providing smooth acceleration in everyday situations such as takeoff and low-speed driving as well as high vehicle speed controllability on downhill slopes.

The petrol powertrain is rated with a fuel efficiency of 7.5 km/L in WLTC mode, and features Dual VVT-I (continuously variable valve timing system for intake and exhaust) and a high compression ratio.

Power is transferred to all four wheels by a full-time 4WD with Torsen LSD (limited slip differential) on the center differential.

The electric rear differential lock provides powerful off-road driving performance on rough roads, while the degree of freedom in front and rear driving torque distribution has been expanded to achieve even greater driving stability.

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Autos Toyota