Landcruiser GXL 200 series: King of the Road

 

 

2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 VX

Toyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (2)Toyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (3)

Folding the rear seats

 

Toyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (1)Toyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (4)

 

Market share for the new LandCruiser 200 Series has risen to more than 70 per cent of the large SUV segment. LandCruiser 200 Sahara pictured.2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 VX

2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 GXL interior2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 V8 turbo-diesel engine

Napier-82000-SUV-tentToyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (15)

Above left: The hatchback-tent (on a Ford) Above Right: Crawl Control

 

 

Toyota gave me a chance to take a LandCruiser 200 GXL for a week. I was interested to if the bad driving associated with large SUV drivers is the fault of the car or not.

OUTSIDE:

The receptionist at Toyota’s massive Sydney HQ located in “The Shire” handed me the keys. As she did, she said “you know they call it the King of the Road” and smiled. An involuntary chuckle came. The thought of a great lumbering Behemoth with more body roll than Dumbo and the all good looks of a piece of lightly toasted moon-rock made me very much the nomenclature. After all, aren’t LandCruisers only for country folk and old people towing caravans the size of Tasmania?

From the outside the LandCruiser doesn’t look to have changed much for several decades. Our LC had the lift-up rear hatch which is my preferred option. It means being able to perch on the back at the polo to sip champers. There are also some very clever camping options that turn the rear of a lift-back SUV into a tent. It means a place to live and keep your accoutrements but be assured of a dry place to sleep that’s guaranteed to be completely rock free. You know there is nothing worse than a rock up your clacker at 3 am so give me a comfy air mattress any day.

Our GXL had a nice set of side steps which help the more diminutive driver scale the height required to get into the driver’s seat. The 17” Alloys are a good look and are standard across the range. They are matched to the off-road tyres needed to explore the big brown land we call home.

The exterior has the solid look and feel I’d expect from a Toyota, especially one that comes with so much gravitas.

The LC looks big but the closer you get the more enormous it becomes. It’s hard to believe a truck could be either comfortable or useable especially in the daily Sydney snarls.

INSIDE:

Entry is via smart entry/start system which I have grown very fond of over the last few years. Apart from the ubiquitous safety gear that has popped up like mushrooms, the smart entry system is the new black. With the key fumble-free still in your pocket, you simply pull gently on the door handle. Because the system already knows you aren’t an interloper, it unlocks and opens the door in one movement.

One thing which surprised me was the acres of grey velour which took me straight back to the 90’s. It may feel comfortable but on a car only 4k short of $100,000 surely leather is the only option. Leather also has the added benefit of being easily wiped over if there any little off-roading spills. The real test of an interior is how it feels from the driver’s seat.

Toyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (14)

From the moment my toosh hit the cushion my outlook had an instant facelift. Even before adjusting the seating position I could feel the deep cushioning providing a lounge-like experience. A quick shuffle and a few presses of the buttons and I felt like the king of the road and as yet I hadn’t shifted into drive. Although not the top model our GXL haS the GPS system on board which comes with the big LCD screen and reversing camera. It soon became apparent the reversing camera was essential rather than a luxury. The rear vision is great above the waist line, but the area concealed below the glass is enormous.

The cabin is capacious and there is a 3rd row of seats in case you have a whole bunch of pals who need a lift somewhere important. They quickly fold up and out of the way if you need the space. I mentioned the tent which attaches to the tailgate that gives you a living space so with the seats out of the way you have the sleeping space too.

The instruments are well laid and ditto for the controls. Those you use more often are in easy reach and those less often are down on the console. That’s where you find the crawl control which operates at low speed and has 5 settings. It has to be said that we didn’t get a chance to use any of the off-road gadgetry but the fact that it’s there at all says a lot for the package.

The top of the line Sahara has woodgrain trim with acres of cowhide but deep down it’s only the base model that’s been tarted up with a bit of bling.

THE DRIVE:

Toyota LandCruiser GXL 200 series 2013 (7)We did a combination of short city stints and a quick sprint to Canberra since the off-road kudos already flows like wine. It may surprise many of you but I also did a school run. I’m happy to report it was a great success. The 6year old squealed with excitement as I opened the moon roof and he thought the LC rode “much better than mummy’s jalopy”. Mum’s taxi is a reasonably new Lancer. I thought “jalopy” an odd word from a 6 year old but perhaps things have changed with the advent of the internet. I was interested to see if the explosion of soccer mums at school collection time had to mean every SUV in a 5 k radius was intentionally driven with reckless abando. The LC was easily reverse parked with little interruption to other drivers but I noted with great interest the manner in which the other SUVs were used. Many of them chose to double-park only to be moved on by an irate lolly-pop man furiously waving his stop sign. I wrote several years ago that SUVs had received a bum-wrap because their drivers felt imbued with an undeserved indestructible sense of entitlement. It’s true that one feels a certain superiority and after a short while one notices other drivers getting out of one’s way. See what I’m doing there? I’m using “one” like the queen does, and after only a week in the Toyota too. Size has much advantage but it is a privilege one should use sparingly as karma is a bitch.

Shopping centres and city traffic were conquered with similar alacrity. In fact after only a few days the massive LandCruiser seemed to have shrunk. This was due at least in part to the spectacular diesel V8 Toyota shoehorned into it. The 195KW sounds modest by V8 standards but it’s the torque of a stratospheric 650Nm that allows the massive bulk of 3300kg to sprint like a sports car. As if that wasn’t enough there is more than enough torque to tow a further 3500kg. That’s like a LandCruiser with two beefy lads on board towing a second Landcruiser. The figures are mindboggling.

The city run was truly impressive so we decided the “Kind of the Road” tag could only stand if the LandCruiser was comfortable on the open road. News reached me that the National Arboretum had opened in Canberra only 3 and a half hours down the road. I was on the phone lickety-split to organise a friend visiting from Japan. The next morning we set of bright and early.

The drive consists mainly of 110kph stretches road. I’ve made this trip in all sorts of atrocious conditions so a bit of light rain presented no problem. Probably the most amazing thing is just how much like a car the LandCruiser had begun to feel. On the highway the bulk completely vanishes and she shrinks even further. Only drivers outside the cabin are aware of the size of the vehicle. Those inside feel cosseted and special especially as they look down at the other travellers.

There were some interesting comments from my Japanese friend. Her parents drive a new Lexus in back 2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Saharahome in the land of the rising sun, and she thought the LandCruiser compared well. The seating even after several hours was incredibly comfortable. The driving position was perfect and the car sat on the road smoothly ironing out the nuances of a less than perfect Australian highway. I began to see the Toyota as more of a luxury transport than a lowly workhorse. In fact I was genuinely find of her. Her steering, brakes and suspension were all designed by Goldilocks and were “just right”.

The Conclusion:

The 300 km trip passed quickly so when we pulled into we took a few moments to assess the journey and the first thing was the fuel consumption which was an amazing 6.9L/100k. To think an automatic 3.3 tonne vehicle travelling at 110 kph for 3.5 hours could use so little fuel is mind stunning. Our return trip of nearly 700 k’s was completed on under half a tank of fuel. That’s about $65 in diesel split between the 2 of us but the car seats 8 so the cabin could move a whole bunch of chums very cheaply. Moreover it would be done in great whisper quite comfort.

That’s the good bit. There were some parts that were not suite so good. The SatNav was slightly psychotic and kept freezing requiring resetting by restarting the engine which can only be done while the car is stopped. Some units won’t allow input whilst the vehicle is in motion but our test car simply would not co-operate unless reset.

Then there are the looks which can only be described as plain. 4WDs can be very attractive. The Land Rover and Range Rover are good examples. Also the massive 93 litre fuel tank would cost the better part $140 to fill which is a not inconsiderable sum.

In the end, the LandCruiser got under my skin. Although the price of $95,000 for the second bottom model makes your eyes water, it’s hard to think of a bettercar for all seasons. It feels indestructible, like mobile bunker furnished as a lounge room. In other words no matter where you want to go you can do it comfort.

My question had been answered: The bad drivers associated with large 4WD’s would be bad drivers in any car. A bad “tool” blames his “workman” it seems.

She isn’t the prettiest girl in the room, but she just might be the most capable.

 

 

 

Price

GX diesel:                            $84,209

GXL Diesel :                        $95,259

Altitude diesel:                 $97,859

VX diesel:                            $107,809

Sahara Diesel:                    $127,759

*also available in petrol V8

 

 

GXL

VX

Sahara

Twin-turbo V8 direct-injection multi-valve diesel engine

Std

Std

Std

Six-speed auto with sequential shift

Std

Std

Std

Full-time 4WD with Torsen ® centre differential

Std

Std

Std

Multi-terrain ABS with EBD and BA

Std

Std

Std

Vehicle Stability Control (with cut-off switch)

Std

Std

Std

Hill-start Assist Control

Std

Std

Std

Downhill Assist Control

Std

Std

Std

Active Traction Control

Std

Std

Std

Double-wishbone coil-spring IFS

Std

Std

Std

Four-link coil spring rear suspension with lateral (Panhard) rod

Std

Std

Std

KDSS suspension (optional on turbo-diesel)

O

Std

Std

17-inch alloy wheels

Std

Std

Std

Rear spoiler

Std

Std

Std

Side steps

Std

 

 

Matt metallic-look side steps

 

Std

Std

Body-coloured exterior mirrors and door handles

Std

Std

Std

Front fog lamps

 

Std

Std

Headlamp cleaning system

 

 

Std

Moonroof

 

Std

Std

UV-cut glass

Std

 

 

Privacy glass

 

Std

Std

Tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment

Std

Std

 

Electric tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment

 

 

Std

Smart Entry and Smart Start

Std

Std

Std

Dual-zone climate control air conditioning

Std

Std

 

Four-zone climate control air conditioning

 

 

Std

Pollen filter

Std

Std

Std

Cool box

 

 

Std

Rear cooler

Std

Std

 

6 cupholders

Std

 

 

8 cupholders

 

Std

Std

Large overhead console

Std

 

 

Small overhead console

 

Std

Std

Cloth seat and door trim

Std

 

 

Leather accented seat and door trim

 

Std

Std

Power-adjustable front seats with tilt-adjustable head restraints

 

Std

Std

40:20:40 split fold second-row seat with centre armrest and two cupholders

 

Std

Std

Front seatback map pockets

 

Std

Std

Remote power window and moonroof control

 

Std

Std

Electro-chromatic interior mirror

 

 

Std

Electric folding exterior mirrors

 

 

Std

Door courtesy lamps

 

Std

Std

Multi-information display (trip computer)

 

Std

Std

Multi-information display function button on steering wheel

 

Std

 

Audio controls on steering wheel, plus Bluetooth™ and multi-information display

 

 

Std

Reversing camera (rear guide monitor)

 

 

Std

Optitron instruments

 

Std

Std

Leather accented steering wheel and gearshift lever

 

Std

 

Leather accented and woodgrain look steering wheel and gearshift lever

 

 

Std

Woodgrain look interior trim (dashboard, centre console, door trim)

 

Std

Std

Front console box

Std

Std

Std

Front map lamps

Std

 

 

Rear map lamps

 

Std

Std

Antenna in glass

Std

Std

Std

Driver and front passenger dual-stage SRS airbags

Std

Std

Std

Front-seat side airbags

Std

Std

Std

Full-length three-row side curtain-shield airbags

Std

Std

Std

Driver and front passenger knee airbags

 

Std

Std

Second-row outboard seat side airbags

 

Std

Std

Front and second-row seat (outer) seatbelt pretensioners

Std

Std

Std

Six-speaker audio with six-CD MP3-compatible changer, plus audio input jack and Bluetooth™ capability

Std

Std

 

Nine-speaker audio

 

 

Std

Satellite navigation with DVD mapping, six-CD/DVD/MP3 multi-changer

 

 

Std

Key reminder warning

Std

Std

Std

Alarm system

 

Std

Std

Sub fuel tank

Std

 

 

 

SPECS 2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 specifications

5/11/2007

 

Turbo-diesel

Petrol

 

GXL

VX

Sahara

GXL

VX

Sahara

ENGINE

Type

Diesel

Petrol

Capacity (cc)

4461

4664

Code

1VD-FTV

2UZ-FE

Description

8 cylinders, V formation, gear and chain-driven, DOHC, 32 valves, compacted graphite-iron cylinder block and aluminium alloy heads

8 cylinders, V formation, belt-driven and gear-coupled DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, cast-iron cylinder block, alloy cross-flow heads

Bore x stroke (mm)

86.0 x 96.0

94.0 x 84.0

Compression ratio

16.8:1

10.0:1

Ignition system

Compression ignition

Distributorless, direct ignition with iridium-tipped, long-life spark plugs

Max. power

195kW @ 3400rpm

202kW @ 5400rpm

Max. torque

650Nm @ 1600-2600rpm

410Nm @ 3400rpm

Intercooler

Air-to-air

N/A

Fuel system

Direct injection

Multi-point fuel injection

Fuel type

Diesel

91 RON ULP

Fuel tank capacity (L)

138

93

138

Fuel economy 1 (L/100km)

10.3

14.5

Carbon dioxide (g/km)

273

341

Emission rating

Euro IV

TRANSMISSION

Driven wheels

4WD

4WD system

Constant 4WD with Torsen limited-slip centre differential, silent chain-driven, electrically switched

Transmission description

Six-speed automatic, electronically controlled with flexible lock-up torque converter on 5th and 6th gear and Artificial Intelligence shift control

Five-speed automatic, electronically controlled with flexible lock-up torque converter and Artificial Intelligence shift control

Transmission code

AB60F

A750F

Transmission control

Electronic

Gear ratios – 1st

3.333:1

3.520:1

– 2nd

1.960:1

2.042:1

– 3rd

1.353:1

1.400:1

– 4th

1.000:1

– 5th

0.728:1

0.716:1

– 6th

0.588:1

– Reverse

3.061:1

3.224:1

– Final drive ratio

3.909:1

4.100:1

– Transfer gear ratio – low

2.618:1

– Transfer gear ratio – high

1.000:1

STEERING

Type

Rack and pinion

Turns lock to lock

3.14

Turning circle kerb to kerb (m)

11.8

SUSPENSION

Front

Independent double wishbone with gas dampers, coil springs and hydro-mechanical semi-active anti-roll bar (KDSS) – optional on GXL Turbo-diesel

Rear

Live axle, trailing arms, four-link rigid coil suspension with Panhard rod, hydro-mechanical semi-active anti-roll bar (KDSS) – optional on GXL Turbo-diesel

BRAKES

Front

Ventilated discs, 340 x 32mm, four-piston fixed calipers

Rear

Ventilated discs, 345 x 18mm, single-piston floating calipers

WHEELS

Rims

8.0Jx17 alloy

Tyres

285/65 R17 116H

Spare

8.0Jx17 alloy, 285/65 R17 116H

BODY 2

Construction

Chassis

Body type

4-door wagon

Length (mm)

4950

Width (mm)

1970

Height (mm)

1905

Wheelbase (mm)

2850

Front track (mm)

1640

Rear track (mm)

1635

Ground clearance (mm)

225

Approach angle (degrees)

30

Departure angle (degrees)

20

Breakover/ramp over angle (degrees)

25

Coefficient of drag (Cd)

0.36

INTERIOR

Length (mm)

2715

Width (mm)

1640

Height (mm)

1200 / 1140 (with moonroof)

WEIGHTS/LOADS 3

Kerb weight (kg)

2630-2700

2675-2720

2555-2635

2610-2665

Gross Vehicle Mass (kg)

3300

Gross Combined Mass (kg)

6800

Luggage capacity (L)

700 (VDA) top of 2nd-row seats

Seating capacity (incl. driver)

8

Towing capacity with trailer brakes (kg) 4

3500

Towing capacity without trailer brakes (kg) 4

750

             

 

1

Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/01 combined cycle.

2

Some vehicle dimension figures are approximate and may vary due to options and accessory fitment.

3

Kerb weight is nominal and may vary depending on options and accessories.

4

Towing capacity subject to State regulations, towbar design and towing equipment.

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5 thoughts on “Landcruiser GXL 200 series: King of the Road

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  2. I travelled in a ’60th anniversary’ Landcruiser V8 (as they are known in the UK) on a long motorway journey recently. It was pleasant enough – especially as it was fitted with a rear-seat entertainment system – but I found the way the entire vehicle rolled when turning corner or changing lanes quite unnerving. They’re not very popular here thanks to fuel prices. ls the new Nissan Patrol available in Australia yet?

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