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In addition to a specification upgrade and new models added to the lineup, Toyota's Land Cruiser gains a new diesel engine to remain competitive in the market.

22 Jun 2015 | International News : U.K.

The three and five-door Land Cruiser both adopt the new 2.8-litre D-4D unit, which replaces the current 3.0-litre engine. The focus is on improved driveability with better torque delivery, plus lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions. 

The 2,755cc, 16-valve DOHC engine produces a maximum 174bhp. Matched with the current six-speed manual transmission, it develops peak torque of 420Nm between 1,400 and 2,400rpm. A new six-speed automatic transmission (replacing the previous five-speed) allows even more pulling power to be delivered, with an extra 30Nm on tap between 1,600 and 2,400rpm. 

The new automatic benefits from control systems that help Land Cruiser achieve around a nine percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Provisional figures show combined cycle performance at 7.2L/100km and 194g/km for the five-door model. 

The introduction of a new powertrain is accompanied by attractive new standard equipment features. The entry-level Active grade models now come equipped with DAB digital radio for better quality radio reception. The options list has been extended to include Toyota Touch 2 with Go, which adds intuitive and comprehensive navigation functions to the vehicle's high-resolution, touchscreen-controlled multimedia system.

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