The new range for Australia retains the 4.5-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine with common-rail direct injection and an intercooler, which the company says will be certified to the “Euro 5” emissions standard.
It will also be fitted with piezo injectors designed for better response at low engine speeds. The manual-only transmission is retained with revised gearing aimed at improving fuel economy and lowering noise, vibration and harshness.
Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest-running nameplate with its origins going back to the BJ of 1951. The 4WD vehicle was renamed Land Cruiser in 1954. In Australia, one of the first Land Cruiser customers was construction magnate Sir Leslie Thiess, who bought several for use on the rugged construction trails of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.