Car reviews - Toyota - LandCruiser - 100 Series 5-dr wagon range
Subtle updates cement 100-Series LandCruiser's position as the large SUV to beat
9 Aug 2005
Worldwide, more than five million Toyota LandCruisers have been built since it first started life in Japan in 1951. More than 500,000 have been sold in Australia, where it has rightly secured its place as one of the most competent four-wheel drives around. It continues to be a best-seller in the Northern Territory and Queensland, where a legion of fans would never consider buying anything but a Toyota. What makes it so impressive is its no-nonsense build quality, ability to tow a large boat and also venture seriously outback when the black-top runs out. At $83,800, the luxury Sahara may well compete in the rarified European atmosphere inhabited by the BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Allroad and Mercedes-Benz M-Class but unlike the Euro line-up, for that price you get a silky V8 mated to a five-speed auto and fully adjustable suspension.
Model release date: 1 September 2005 to 1 October 2007
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Toyota LandCruiser 100Released: March 1998
Ended: August 2005
Family Tree: LandCruiser
The current-shape LandCruiser 100-Series was introduced in March 1998 and was an evolution of a long line of LandCruiser models that started out here in 1958. The new 100-Series boasted an all-new wide-body design that was more aerodynamic and boasted more interior space, a plusher interior and car-oriented styling. The overall shape was smoother and included large sculptured dual-beam headlights and "blistered" wheelarch bulges. LandCruiser remains one of the most enduring symbols of true off-roading. It proved its worth in the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme, where it became an integral part of Aussie life.
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