The time tested, tough Toyota Land Cruiser

The world’s most selling car manufacturer, Toyota Motor has been offering a number of great car models across the globe. The Toyota Land Cruiser is certainly one such vehicle from this famous Japanese car major which has withstood the test of time and is going strong. The Land Cruiser has been around for about 31 years and has been serving all sorts of adventure and tough drivers all across the world.

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

The Toyota Land Cruiser has always been a very capable and tough vehicle that has not learnt to give up, no matter what sort of rough or unpredictable terrain it faces. The vehicle is known for its flexibility and toughness on the rough terrains over the long journeys. The Land Cruiser is thus the time tested and trusted vehicle to depend on in the most hostile driving conditions. The vehicle is often seen on TV news channels footage, forest documentaries, the war stricken or natural calamity struck areas in the world.

The Land Cruiser has been manufactured in several models in the past and each of these models had been unique despite the fact that the difference among these models were kept to the minimum. The first model of the ionic Land Cruiser was the J70 that was produced back in 1984. This first Land Cruiser came with a short chassis and 3 doors and featured round headlights and springs for shock absorbers for both its front and rear.

After 6 years of time, due to improved technology, the next Land Cruiser model the J71 came into being. This one featured a new grille, new fender and a refreshed bonnet. The model’s headlights were redesigned in a square shape, while it had a long chassis with 5 doors. The model offered 3 engine types, namely a 2.4 liter 22R petrol mill and a 2.4 liter and a 2 liter TE diesel and turbocharged diesel motors.

Then came the J10 4.7 V8 edition model that was in third generation and it shared the suspension system with the ongoing models of the Toyota Hilux Surf, 4Runner as well as FJ Cruiser. It is equipped with a 2.7 liter diesel mill with a 5 speed automatic gearbox.

The last models of the Land Cruiser Prado are namely J150, KDJ150R and VX that were sold in Australia, and the 3.0D and 4D in Europe, which also meets the needed emission standards in these markets. These models also featured 5 doors and came in TXL and VXL model trims. These variants carried a spare tyre under their floor in the UK, while the spare tyre is mounted on the boot lid in Australia and Argentina.

However, the popular and highly potent Toyota Land Cruiser models also have a disadvantage and that is the availability of the vehicle’s spare parts. While the Land Cruiser parts are quite expensive, the genuine ones are not easily available as well. The newer models of the Land Cruisers are very much electrical and sophistic for the local mechanics to repair.

Leaving these issues, the Toyota Land Cruisers are just superb.

This post was written by

Pavan Kumar – who has written posts on Toyota Cars India | New Toyota Car | Latest Toyota cars.
I am into the auto blogs field for quite a long time. Living my passion of reviewing cars.

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