Strong New Arguments For Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon

1 September 2002
  • 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, plus Rear Seat Audio (RSA) system
  • Choice of 4.7-litre V8 petrol or 4.2 Turbo Diesel engines
  • New five-speed automatic for petrol engine derivatives
  • 18-inch wheels 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 new 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.


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. The Rear Seat Audio (RSA) system allows rear seat passengers to make their own choice of music source, independently from the front audio deck.

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.


The mighty 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine in the Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon will receive 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 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.

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.


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Strong New Arguments For Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon


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