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New Toyota Land Cruiser Conquers Monstrous Terrain

The new Toyota Land Cruiser is capable of conquering monstrous terrain from death-defying descents to vast rivers of mud

The new Toyota Land Cruiser is capable of conquering monstrous terrain from death-defying descents to vast rivers of mud. The current generation was introduced in 2009 and is one of the few 4x4s to challenge the staggering Land Rover Discovery off-road.

This magnificent terrain tamer is currently available with one engine – a 3.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. This versatile unit produces 170bhp which propels the Land Cruiser to 62mph in 11.7 seconds. However, the engine's most significant strength is its 302lb-ft of torque which comes in to its own on extreme terrain. This 3.0-litre engine is also reasonable economical as it returns a combined average of 34mpg.

The Land Cruiser excels off-road partly due to its high and low ratio gearbox, limited slip differential, and multi-terrain select system. This latter option allows mud-plunging thrill seekers to change the vehicle's set-up. Factors such as traction control and braking can be adapted for optimum performance over various terrains. The only criticism of this 4x4's handling is that it can feel rather cumbersome on-road - particularly compared to the mighty Discovery.

Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the new Toyota Land Cruiser is available with 'buy safe' sellers from £30,167 to £57,105.