STRONG NEW ARGUMENTS FOR TOYOTA LAND CRUISER AMAZON

  • 2003 model Amazon available from 7 October
  • One high specification grade, two engines
  • 4.2-litre diesel priced at £44,400; 4.2-litre diesel with automatic transmission £45,900; 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine with automatic transmission only at £46,955
  • First vehicle in the world to be fitted with Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)
  • Driver, passenger, side & curtain airbags standard
  • EMV (Electro-Multi Vision), wide screen touch-sensitive LCD including DVD navigation system
  • Rear Seat Audio (RSA) system allows independent music choice for rear passengers via head sets
  • Choice of 4.7-litre V8 petrol or 4.2-litre turbo diesel engines
  • New five-speed automatic for petrol engine derivatives
  • 18-inch wheels as standard
  • Rain sensor wipers now fitted as standard

At the same time that its smaller sibling gets a full model change, the majestic Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon also receives several improvements, aiming to conserve its place as one of the world’s best SUVs.

This ‘go-anywhere’ prestige car gets more luxury, more technology and more safety equipment.

The improved Land Cruiser Amazon has a new front bumper and a redesigned grille. The bumper is more robust than before but at the same time is thinner and lighter. The secret is in the use of Toyota Super Olefin Polymer, a polymer with better recyclability and superior mechanical properties.

At the rear, the combination lamps now feature clear lens turn indicators and the chrome-plated rear door moulding incorporates a strong Land Cruiser logo.

A revised exterior colour range has been developed to reflect the reputation of the Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon as a luxury car. This includes new deep, rich colours.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES

The Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon receives a host of new features aiming at more convenience and superior comfort for its passengers. Some examples are the Electro-Multi Vision (EMV), a wide screen touch-sensitive LCD which includes several features such as a DVD navigation system. This system provides Europe wide mapping of all major roads and can store up to 13 times the amount of information as a CD driven unit.

The Rear Seat Audio (RSA) system allows rear seat passengers to make their own choice of music, independently of the front audio deck. The second row seats are equipped with head set units and a hideaway control panel.

Optitron instruments, dual air conditioning, rain sensors and 18-inch alloy wheels are now also standard on the Land Cruiser Amazon adding to the premium feel.

IMPROVED DRIVING DYNAMICS SET THE DIFFERENCE

The mighty 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine in the Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon has a new five-speed Super ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission) automatic transmission. It can extract more performance from the powerful V8, while also achieving better fuel consumption. The transmission’s weight is reduced through the use of aluminium and a very compact torque converter.

The 32 valve DOHC 4.7-litre V8 engine has been further developed with a new ETCS-i (Electronic Throttle Control System-intelligent) operation for optimal and smooth control of the throttle opening, ensuring excellent performance and refinement.

The Land Cruiser Amazon petrol version also features Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), the first vehicle in the world to receive this system.

The VGRS control unit measures the steering input and vehicle speed to calculate precisely the optimum steering angle. It then commands the motor in the actuator to execute the steering manoeuvre. The results are a much-improved steering feel and response.

In the event of a sudden brake and change of lane, VGRS receives data from the VSC brake control unit, allowing the VGRS control unit to compute the steering correction required and enable the driver to steer safely.

The semi-active TEMS (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) with Active Height Control (AHC) is retuned to soften the shock absorbers on bumpy roads and the anti-roll control logic is optimised to achieve superior cornering stability and better handling.

The latest additions to this handling package are bigger size tyres: low profile 275/60R18 (18-inch) for optimum on-road performance. Newly designed aluminium alloy wheels add to the stylish look.

2003 Amazon, in line with all Toyota models, has a three year / 60,000 mile warranty, three year paint and 12 year anti-perforation warranties. Major servicing is required only every 20,000 miles with a ‘Health Check’ service required every 10,000 miles.

AMAZON IN THE MARKET PLACE

The Land Cruiser Amazon appeals to the heart as well as the mind of the 4×4 buyer. For these customers the emphasis in the description ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’ has shifted away from utility towards luxury. They are choosing a 4×4 as a leisure vehicle, often as an alternative to a luxury car or even a family MPV.

They need a practical car with plenty of interior space. They demand quality in design and build with high levels of specification and equipment as standard. Above all they are looking for refinement which reflects the status and success they have achieved.

Despite the desire for the rugged looks which characterise the sports utility market, Land Cruiser customers in the UK are almost as likely to live in the town as they are in the country. Just over a third of existing Land Cruiser Amazon owners hardly ever drive off-road but they do appreciate its reliability and reputation in more hostile driving environments such as Africa and Asia.

LAND CRUISER HERITAGE

From its humble beginnings 51 years ago, the Land Cruiser has developed into one of the most enduring and sought after brand names in off-road driving. In the process, Toyota has become recognised as world leader in the four-wheel drive market for unrivalled quality and reliability standards.

From Australia to Africa, Iceland to Indonesia, the Land Cruiser is the preferred choice of those whose lives depend on their vehicle. Land Cruiser accounts for 30 per cent of the sport utility market in Saudi Arabia and is a key supplier to the United Nations across the globe. In Australia over three-quarters of the sports utility vehicles sold are Toyotas.

In the UK, Land Cruiser has become an increasingly popular choice since it first went on sale in 1975. The Land Cruiser’s ability to provide comfortable transport in urban environments as well as off-road has contributed to worldwide success.

Over 3.9 million Land Cruisers have been sold to date, which is 1.2 million units more than all Land Rovers sold since their introduction. In the UK, over 30,000 Land Cruisers have been sold to date. These figures do not include sales of Toyota’s other 4×4 sensation, the RAV4, nor any pick-ups or other Toyota 4×4 SUVs.

EQUIPMENT LIST

SAFETY

AMAZON

Driver and passenger airbags

Front side and Curtain Shield airbags

Electronically controlled ABS

Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) (Petrol engine only)

Side impact beams

Height adjustable front seatbelts

Head impact protection for front seats/first rear row

Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with force limiters

OFF ROAD
Permanent 4WD

Centre and rear differential locks

Active height suspension-damping force control system (TEMS – Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension)

Vehicle stability control and traction control (Petrol)

COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Heated external mirrors

Retractable electric external mirrors

Cruise control

Automatic transmission (option on diesel, five-speed standard on petrol engine)

60/40 split/folding 2nd/ 3rd row seats (3rd row detachable)

12V accessory power outlet

DVD touch screen satellite navigation

Multi-information display screen

Optitron instrument display

Climate Control

Electric tilt/slide sunroof with shade

Electric multi-adjustable heated front seats

Memory to driver’s seat/door mirrors/steering wheel

Side steps

AUDIO
Integrated unique fit audio with Liquid Crystal Display

Six-disc CD auto changer in centre console

SECURITY
Remote alarm and transponder immobiliser

Remote control central locking with double locking

Locking wheel nuts

UPHOLSTERY
Wood interior trim (centre console and door cappings)

Leather seat and door trim

Leather covered steering wheel and gear shift knob

EXTERIOR & BODY
Halogen headlamps with levelling

Titanium effect front grille

Headlamp washers

18″ Alloy wheels

Roof rails

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS

Length

4,890mm

Height

1,850mm

Width

1,940mm

Wheelbase

2,850mm

Track- Front

1,620mm

Track- Rear

1,615mm

Overhang- Front

890mm

Overhang- Rear

1,150mm

Interior Room Dimensions

Length

2,505mm

Height

1,150mm

Width

1,620mm

Ground Clearance

256 mm

Kerb Weight

2,495-2,660kg

Gross Vehicle Weight

3,260kg

Towing Capacity

3,500kg

Approach Angle

34°

Departure Angle

23°

Maximum Gradient

45°

Fuel Tank Capacity

96l. / 21.1 gal.

Coefficient of Drag

0.4

PETROL ENGINE

Engine Type

2UZ-FE

No of Cylinders & Arrangement

8-cylinder, V Type

Valve Mechanism

32-valve DOHC, Belt & Gear Drive

Block Material

Cast Iron

Head Material

Aluminium Alloy

Bore & Stroke

94 x 84mm

Displacement / Capacity

4664cc

Compression ratio

9.6:1

Fuel Injection Type

Electric Fuel Injection (EFI)

Ignition System

Built in ignition coil

Octane Rating

95 Ron or more

Max. Output

235bhp / 4800rpm

Max.Torque

434Nm / 1,400-3,200rpm

DIESEL ENGINE

Engine Type

1HD-FTE

No of Cylinders & Arrangement

6-Cylinder, In-Line, DI Intercooled Turbo

Valve Mechanism

24-valve OHC, Belt drive

Block Material

Cast iron

Head Material

Cast iron

Bore & Stroke

94 x 100mm

Displacement / Capacity

4164cc

Compression ratio

18.5:1

Fuel Injection Type

Distributor Type

Ignition System

Compression ignition

Toyota Direct Ignition System (TDI)

Octane Rating

48 or more

Max. Output

201bhp @ 3,400rpm

Max.Torque

430Nm @ 1,400–3,200rpm

TRANSMISSION

Transmission Type

Full Time 4-wheel drive

Gearbox Type

A343F Petrol

R151F 5-Speed Manual / A442F/ A750F Diesel Automatic Transmission

Gear Ratios 5-speed manual

1st

4.081

2nd

2.294

3rd

1.490

4th

1.000

5th

0.881

Reverse

4.313

Gear Ratios – automatic

PETROL

DIESEL

1st

3.520

2.950

2nd

2.042

1.530

3rd

1.400

1.000

4th

1.000

0.765

5th

0.716

N/A

Reverse

3.224

2.678

Petrol A/T

Diesel M/T

Diesel A/T

Diff. Gear Ratio – Front / Rear

4.10/4.10

3.90/3.90

4.10/4.10

SUSPENSION

Front

Independent Double-Wishbone with stabiliser

Rear

4-Link with Lateral Rod and stabiliser

STEERING

Steering Gear Type

Rack & Pinion

Steering Gear Ratio

18.0

Power Steering Type

Integral Type

Min. Turning Radius (Tyre)

5.9 metres

BRAKES

Front

Ventilated disc with four-piston callipers

Rear

Ventilated disc

Parking Brake Type

Drum

Brake Booster Type & Size

Hydraulic

Proportioning Valve Type

P & B Valve

WHEELS & TYRES

Tyre Size

275/60 R18

PERFORMANCE

Petrol

Diesel

A/T

M/T

A/T

Max. Speed mph

112

106

109

Acceleration 0-62mph

11.2 sec

13.6

13.1

FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS

PETROL ENGINE (Auto)

Urban

13.1

Extra urban

21.1

Combined

17.3

CO2 emission g/km

387

DIESEL ENGINE

Economy (mpg)

5 M/T

4 A/T

Urban

20.0

17.9

Extra-urban

30.4

26.2

Combined

25.4

22.4

CO2 emission g/km

292

340

ENDS

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