Land Cruiser GR Sport revealed as the most capable all-terrain Toyota of all time – News
Toyota’s Land Cruiser badge is associated with off-road capability and reliability. Although the latter remains to be confirmed with the new model, it seems that the GR Sport variant is the best performing to date.
Revealed overnight, this Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport combines a more aggressive exterior with basics that should really help when the going gets tough in tough conditions.
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According to Toyota, the mission of GR Sport engineers was to create a car that was “Safe, easy to drive, but difficult to tire even under the most difficult driving conditions”. They even used feedback from Dakar rally drivers who have used Land Crusiers in the production car category since 1995.
On the outside, the GR Sport stands out with its new body kit which includes more aggressive bumpers, blackened panels and unpainted plastic on the skid plate.
It also receives a set of 18 inch black alloy rims which are finished in mud gray and are found in the blackened wheel arches.
Inside, it receives dark red and black leather upholstery, as well as a “GR SPORT” emblem integrated into the steering wheel. A woven carbon pattern is also featured on the center console.
Under the hood, the engine options are exactly the same as the regular Land Cruiser, with gasoline and diesel options internationally. The more powerful choice is the 3.5-liter twin-turbo petrol V6 with 305 kW / 650 Nm, but the diesel has more torque with 227 kW / 700 Nm.
Here in New Zealand, our Land Cruiser 300 range is sold exclusively with the twin-turbo diesel V6.
Both engines are mated to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission and send power to all four wheels, making it a permanent 4WD SUV like the regular model.
The real advantage of the GR Sport is in the suspension, where it gets electronic differential locks front and rear (while the standard only gets an optional LSD at the rear).
These sophisticated differentials work with Toyota’s Electronic-Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS) which is an electronic system that automatically adjusts the stabilizers at each wheel.
In New Zealand, the Land Cruiser 300 GR Sport will only be marketed in a five-seater configuration with the diesel V6, and is the flagship model of the range. Prices start at $ 144,990, about $ 20,000 more than the entry-level VX.