So we got a 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser
You must’ve read all the reviews about this big lump already, but I’ll probably be able give some new insights into this long-awaited new model, given the sad nature of journalism in this region. It certainly isn’t the rocket that everyone was hoping for, given that it gets a 4.7 V8 instead of the 5.7 in the GCC. But it is a very luxurious vehicle that packs some interesting new technology.
Mind you, some of the toys are already found in ultra-expensive machines like the Range Rover, but it is good to see these things trickle down to Toyotas. Among features found in our fully-loaded tester are an automatic crawl feature, the optional dynamic suspension system, remote start with an additional aftermarket-looking key fob, a kickass stereo and a navigation system straight out of Lexus.
Unlike little brothers Prado and FJ, the Land Cruiser uses automatic all-wheel-drive with low range, so its 4WD system is useful on the road too. Our tester has a centre diff-lock, but not the rear diff-lock. So far, it is a decent performer, as comfortable as before. We will rip it up in the coming days.