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Toyota goes techno.

Byline: Maurice Glover

ADVANCED driver assistance systems have given extra off-road capabilities to one of the most rugged vehicles in the world.

Thanks to electrically modulated suspension, a choice of transmission modes to match conditions and a crawl control to help maintain steady progress, the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser should be able to tackle the roughest territory.

Powered by a revised 171bhp three-litre diesel engine, the new car costs from pounds 29,795 and comes with automatic transmission as standard.

Bigger than its predecessor, it has a full-time four-wheel drive system, active traction control, multi-terrain anti-lock braking and vehicle stability control.

Better packaging offers more space for passenger and luggage and a new opening rear glass hatch allows items to be loaded without having to open the sidehinged tailgate.

Four different modes can be selected to meet a variety of surface conditions and crawl control maintains a slow, safe speed when driving off-road or wading, so the driver can concentrate on steering.

The Land Cruiser also introduces a system of front and side view cameras to give the driver a real-time view of areas immediately around the vehicle that are normally hidden.

"We have wasted no effort to ensure this model builds on the pedigree of its ancestors.

It has a raft of new and advanced handling and driver assistance systems that take its off-road capabilities to new heights, but at the same time, it has also been engineered for greater poise, comfort and performance," said a spokesman.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 20, 2009
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