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Toyota Land Cruiser gets tougher

Based on the GXL variant, the new GX is the spiritual successor to the 100 Series Standard Grade.

Toyota has listened to the demands of miners, farmers and other customers by launching the turbodiesel GX with features much-loved by owners who tend to torture, not just drive, their LandCruisers. 

They include vinyl floors, twin barn doors at the rear (vertically hinged), 17-inch steel wheels, a snorkel, 93-litre main and 45-litre auxiliary fuel tanks, five seats, under-body protection plates and a standard car key. Based on the GXL variant, the new GX is the spiritual successor to the 100 Series Standard Grade. 

Priced from $77,990, the GX is not without creature comforts, but they are designed to complement the tough work life of the vehicle and its owner. They include a single CD player, manual air-conditioning, power windows with driver's auto up/down and power-operated exterior mirrors. 

There is no skimping on protection because the new variant keeps all the GXL safety equipment, which is important for drivers and for the OH&S requirements of companies running fleets. 

It includes driver and front-passenger airbags, curtain-shield airbags, vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist, multi-terrain anti-skid brakes and Toyota CRAWL  effectively an off-road cruise-control system. 

The GX has a 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD with Torsen limited-slip centre differential and two-speed transfer case.