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2019 Toyota LC70 Land Cruiser by PCOR

2019 Toyota LC70 Land Cruiser by PCOR

Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with such big, beautiful beasts

Have you heard of the Patriot Campers? Well, these guys are magicians. If you haven’t heard about them, here’s a little brief. The company was born in 2013, but it has already taken over the world by storm. Patriot Campers is an Australian company that has diversified itself into many branches. The company’s trailers are quite famous amongst camping enthusiasts. Patriot Campers even works on creating off-road beasts. The PCOR – Patriot Campers Off RoadRoad – division handles the mods on SUVs and trucks. A staple within this is called the Supertourer, wherein the company works on the Ford Ranger, the Landcruiser 200, and the Ram truck, apart from the LC79. The company recently posted a video on YouTube where they show us a custom-built LC79 right before its handover. Will this particular LC79 be any different from the other Supertourers?

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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition

Luxurious Off-Roader Toyota Land Cruiser Celebrates Its 60+ Years In The US

Toyota simply loves to celebrate important dates with heritage editions of its cars. Especially ones involving the almighty Land Cruiser (per my humble opinion the best vehicle on Earth, like ever). Revealed ahead of the official live debut at the Chicago Motor Show next month, the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition celebrates 60+ years of the Land Cruiser in the US. Although the Land Cruiser 200 is a decade old, it is still very much at the pinnacle of luxurious world of off-roaders. The Heritage Edition did gain a few interesting differentiating touches, but in essence, it is still very much the same body-on-frame truck with a two-speed transfer case and selectable low gear that it was a decade ago.

During its ten year tenure on the market, Toyota celebrated a number of anniversaries and important dates with the Land Cruiser 200. In 2013, Toyota said that the “Land Cruiser is the Luxurious Descendant of A Proud 50-Year Off-Road Heritage” In 2014 Toyota said that the “Land Cruiser Luxury SUV Doesn’t Look A Day Over 50” In 2016 Toyota mentioned that the “Land Cruiser Celebrates 60th Year in America with Ultimate Capability and Luxury” And, finally, in 2019 - “Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Celebrates 60+ Years as SUV Icon”

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

An old favorite gets some modern updates

The Toyota Land Cruiser is about as iconic as vehicles come, so it’s a big deal when something changes. For 2018 in global markets, the Land Cruiser is getting a few appearance upgrades and a redesigned dashboard – both in an effort to keep this go-anywhere, three-row SUV flying off showroom floors. Toyota debuted its updated Land Cruiser at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its on-sale date later this year.

The Land Cruiser’s reputation is rooted in reliability and its rugged dependability in off-road situations, often far from civilization. It makes sense, then, that Toyota boasts about the SUV being “easy to maintain and repair” right in its press materials. You won’t find that in a Land Rover’s press kit. While easy trail repairs isn’t the Land Cruiser’s best selling point in North America where customers view it as a status symbol, many of the 190 countries place an extreme value on making a round trip when leaving the house. Of course, the 2018 Land Cruiser is more than just reliable transportation. It offers plenty of luxury and creature comforts, too. Let’s check out what changes Toyota has made for 2018. Perhaps some of these will even make it to the U.S.-spec Land Cruiser, as well.

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2016 Toyota Land Speed Cruiser

2016 Toyota Land Speed Cruiser

Fancy a 2,000-horsepower, 220-mph Toyota?

Using a nameplate that dates back to 1951, the Land Cruiser has been one of Toyota’s best-selling SUVs for decades. Rugged on the outside, comfortable on the inside, and motivated by powerful engines and reliable a all-wheel-drive system, the current-generation Land Cruiser continues to impress despite being almost a decade old. Luckily, the Japanese brand just introduced a new facelift for the 2017 model year, keeping the SUV fresh for a few more years.

Even though the Land Cruiser received quite a few nips and tucks, it’s not that much more powerful than the outgoing model. Now, toyota set out to prove that the SUV can pack a lot of heat, and unleashed the Land Speed Cruiser concept at the 2016 SEMA Show. As the name suggests, the SUV is about tremendous speed, which goes hand in hand with horsepower. But, this isn’t the kind of beefed-up Toyota you get from TRD. This SUV is significantly more powerful than every supercar you can buy in 2016. Yup, that means thousands of horsepower.

Designed and built by the company’s motorsport technical manager Chuck Wade and his team of skilled engineers, the Land Speed Cruiser is actually a 2017 Land Cruiser body on a significantly redesigned chassis with a completely redesigned drivetrain system. Wade says that the brand meddled with every single component, which made getting the body back onto the heavily modified frame a very difficult task. This speaks volumes of the intense work that was put into this project, but we’ll talk more in the review below.

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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 70

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser 70

Toyota’s commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Land Cruiser 70 by doing something it’s never done before. The Japanese automaker is reintroducing the model, except that it’s going to be limited to its local market. I don’t know if I speak for everybody here, but I’m completely jealous that Japan’s getting exclusive dibs on the re-released Toyota Land Cruiser 70. All 200 planned models, to be exact. It doesn’t seem fair, does it?

To make things interesting, Toyota’s also producing a double-cab pickup version of the Land Cruiser 70, which will also be limited to the Japanese market.

Granted, I’m not that excited about the pickup version as I am about the traditional enclosed body classic. The latter model speaks to a level of nostalgia you don’t see in today’s models anymore. I’m counting those retro-inspired ones, too.

If I knew that Toyota was considering re-releasing the model due to widespread requests in Japan, I’d be screaming for the model to go Stateside. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that Toyota will do that, leaving me with no other choice than to just drool over these photos. Such a shame.

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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

If you look into the history of the Toyota brand, the Land Cruiser has been around for more than half a century. It has long proven how capable it is on whatever terrain you throw at it. Where a Range Rover would fall apart, crying out for for maintenance, the Land Cruiser would continue to do its job. When it comes to reliability, the Japanese sure do have some secret formula.

For the 2013 model year, Toyota gave the Land Cruiser a mild makeover. New styling elements were added upon an already awesome-looking machine. The interior too was overhauled, with more standard features than before, while a rather potent V-8 engine provided the muscle required to take on the worst of rugged terrains. Added safety features and driver aides all made it easy to drive.

For 2014, Toyota has made subtle changes to the Land Cruiser. It still boasts the 5.7-liter, V-8 engine and a handsome-looking exterior, but the automaker has now standardized all optional features into one attractive package. So, the 2014 Land Cruiser will be available in just one trim level.

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2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Euro-Spec

2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Euro-Spec

When the going gets tough, it’s time to summon the Toyota Land Cruiser. When it comes to go-anywhere ability, the only vehicle that has managed to stand its ground against the Land Rover is the Toyota Land Cruiser, which in itself has earned a legendary status. For the year 2013, Toyota updated the Land Cruiser with added standard features and a styling overhaul.

Now, for the year 2014, Toyota has brought an evolutionary design change to the Land Cruiser. It may look different, but underneath it still is more or less the same burly, all-wheel-drive SUV with loads of features and creature comforts.

Like most heavy-duty off-roaders, the 2014 Land Cruiser is based on a body-on-frame platform that gives it added strength to take on the roughest of terrains the world can throw at it.

Over the past 60 years, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a manual select, all-wheel-drive utility vehicle into a luxurious SUV packed with the latest electronic aides, cameras and safety features. Has the addition of computer programs and guidance systems made exploring the farthest reaches of this planet child’s play? Lets find out.

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2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota launched the Land Cruiser back in 1951 and many generations later, it is one of the most successful Toyota models on the market, being sold in 188 countries. Now, the SUV is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a facelift version of the model.

For the 2013 model year, the Toyota Land Cruiser will receive exterior and interior styling enhancements, as well as being offered with more standard equipment, including new driving performance features and an array of significant safety and convenience features.

Under the hood, Toyota has kept the usual 5.7-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 381 HP at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser went on sale in early February 2012 at a starting price of $77,955.

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2010 Toyota Landcruiser Prado Three Door

2010 Toyota Landcruiser Prado Three Door

While we here in the U.S. along with drivers from around the world are still waiting for a practical and sporty compact coupe like SUV, the Japanese automaker Toyota has just answered that call for the Australian market when they released the Land Cruiser Prado Three Door. However Toyota traditionalists should not worry because the quality car builder will sell their new truck alongside the old five door model starting this November.

The Land Cruiser Prado is a compact version of Toyota’s full size Land Cruiser SUV and the upcoming three door model wears the same stylish face as the of the five door, with its oversized headlights that are stretched over and around the front fenders, while the chrome framed and stripped vertical bar grill gives the front end more of a three dimensional feel. The three door Prado’s matching boxed fenders scream fun while the six lug hubs, multi piston calipers and spare tire on the trunk let you know that the Prado means business.

However, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado isn’t all about being cute, because of its shorter wheelbase the off road vehicle actually exhibits a higher break over angle and allows the SUV to travel over steeper peaks than the larger five door model. Combine that with the sectioned truck’s reduced curb weight, which leads to improved real world acceleration as well as fuel economy.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

With a tradition of more than 60 years, Toyota Land Cruiser is entering today its new generation. The new Land Cruiser will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in both three and five door versions.

The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available with a choice of two engines: a 249 hp 4.0 liter Dual VVT-i V6 petrol engine or a 173 hp 3.0 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. The new SUV will come equipped with Multi-terrain Select, Multi-terrain Monitor, Steering Angle Display and Crawl Control.

The rigidity of the all-new Land Cruiser’s highly durable body-onframe construction has been increased by 11%, and insulating frame-to-body mounts both absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, while enhancing road comfort.

The 2010 Land Cruiser will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 11,7 seconds, while top speed will be of 108 mph.

The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser will go on sale at the end of this year.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Toyota Land Cruiser V8

2008 Toyota Land Cruiser V8

The new Land Cruiser V8, Toyota’s top of the range model, is to make soon its debut on the European market. This eighth generation retains all the world-beating off-road capability of its predecessors but adds more refinement, comfort and superior driving quality.
Land Cruiser chief engineer, Sadayoshi Koyari, explains the development theme of this new generation as follow: “For more than 50 years now three key words have been the basis of each generation of Land Cruiser: strength, (...)

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2006 Toyota Land Cruiser

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota has significantly enhanced performance and driving dynamics in the Land Cruiser for 2006, giving this legendary full-size sport-utility vehicle a more powerful engine and new advanced suspension control options. In addition, the 2006 Land Cruiser gains freshened front and rear styling.

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2001 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

2001 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

The attractive new Toyota Land Cruiser PRADO is no ’soft’ 4x4. Permanent 4WD, a rugged body-on-frame design and HAC give tremendous off-road handling. A 4.0-litre VVT-i 249PS V6 petrol engine offer responsive power. Dual zone air-conditioning enhances comfort. Class-leading durability and safety come standard.

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2002 Toyota Land Cruiser 120 series

2002 Toyota Land Cruiser 120 series

All New Prado Released (120 Series station wagon simply Toyota Land Cruiser in the UK market) - the new Prado was released late in 2002 in both GX and VX turbo diesel form utilizing the an intercooled version of the 3.0 L KZ-TE engine found in the Hilux. This oil burner produces 96 kW and 343 N·m of torque. From April 2003, a new 4.0 L V6 gasoline engine will be available, delivering 183 kW and 382 N·m. Both models now come with 17 in (432 mm) wheels, limiting tire choice. The new Prado’s body has 60% more torsional rigidity, leading to improved off and on-road performance, lower noise and better quality.

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2006 Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon

2006 Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon

Incredibly tough off-roader that offers good equipment, excellent space and bank vault build quality - but feels big, slow and crude compared to more recent rivals.

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1993 - 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser 90 series

1993 - 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser 90 series

When based on the 70 series, the Prado was designed to be a much heavier duty alternative to the 4Runner/Surf, but a lighter duty and cheaper alternative to the Land cruiser 80 models. In 1996, the Prado broke away from the 70 series line and underwent a complete redesign, independent of any of the Land Cruiser models. The new Prado introduced an all new chassis design that used a front suspension and chassis similar to the brand new 4Runner/Surf. In fact, both models may actually be based on the exact same chassis and platform (although I’m not positive on this.) The Prado would be marketed in most countries, except the U.S. were it wasn’t sold at all, as an upscale alternative to the 4Runner/Surf.

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1990 - 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 80 series

1990 - 1997 Toyota Land Cruiser 80 series

By 1989, the 60 series was getting old in design. Overshadowed by much more modern designs, the 60 series looked like something that originated from the 1970s, which it actually did. The 1990s were on the horizon and such an old outdated design would just not do anymore.

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1984 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series

1984 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series

In 1984/1985, Toyota introduced an entirely new design to replace the aging and now 25 year old 40 series Land Cruiser. What Toyota came up with was a most appropriate replacement. Although completely new in styling, every off road positive aspect of the original 40 series was retained. The all new 70 series was introduced.

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1980 - 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser 60 series

1980 - 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser 60 series

In 1976, chief Land Cruiser engineer Hiroshi Ohsawa began planning for the next generation of the 50-series Land Cruiser. In order to compete in the US market, something more was needed beyond what the FJ55V had to offer. It had to have a larger body, feel closer to an estate car, include more luxurious touches in the interior, and offer a more comfortable ride.

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1967 - 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser 50 series

1967 - 1979 Toyota Land Cruiser 50 series

The Land Cruiser was first introduced as a personal 4x4 type vehicle for civilians and a small military transport alternative to the American military Jeep, but people had begun to accept the idea that it could also be used as a family utility vehicle and a station wagon. Demand increased for a vehicle with a larger body that could carry more people and more cargo.

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1955 - 1960 Toyota Land Cruiser 40/45 series

1955 - 1960 Toyota Land Cruiser 40/45 series

The 40-series lineup included the short wheelbase FJ40 (soft top and light van model), the middle
wheelbase FJ43, and the long wheelbase FJ45. The FJ28 had three variations, a soft top, hard top and light van model. The FJ43 came in only soft top and hard top models.

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1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 100 series

1998 Toyota Land Cruiser 100 series

The Land Cruiser 100 represents the culmination of 50 years of building 4x4s. Today, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a serious Jeep type 4x4 into the ultimate luxury all wheel drive sport utility vehicle. While it is considered by most as far more of an upscale luxury sport utility, than the down in the dirt rough and ready 4x4 that is it’s roots, Toyota still managed to maintain it’s incredible off road durability, while making this model the most highway friendly Land Cruiser yet.

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