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What the new Toyota Land Cruiser is competing against in South Africa

The Land Cruiser 300 is Toyota’s new flagship SUV, and it’s now available in South Africa.

The Land Cruiser 300 range starts at R1,283,200 for the GX-R trim, and goes up to R1,842,900 for the off-road-focused GR Sport specification.

Despite the large price difference, every Land Cruiser 300 is fitted with a high grade of standard equipment as part of its spot at the top of the Toyota line-up.

Across the range, the 300 offers LED headlights with DRL, keyless entry and start, climate control with rear seat vents, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, all-round parking sensors, integrated navigation, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The entry-level GX-R then comes with fabric seats, whereas the more expensive specifications have leather upholsteries.

Upgrading to either the ZX or GR Sport trims also sees power-fold-down third-row seats, an electric tailgate, a heated steering wheel, seat heating and ventilation for the first and second rows, a wireless charger, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, and a multi-terrain monitor connected to a 360-degree camera added.

The more luxury-focused ZX then gets a Wi-Fi enabled rear-seat entertainment system, while the GR Sport is fitted with an electric kinetic dynamic suspension system to enhance its off-road capabilities.

“Both variants also feature additional drive select modes and a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system for superior vehicle control,” said Toyota.

Powering the Land Cruiser 300 is either a 3.5-litre, V6, twin-turbo petrol engine, or a 3.3-litre, V6, turbo-diesel motor.

The petrol motor produces 305kW and 650Nm, and achieves a combined fuel consumption of 12.1l/100km.

The diesel engine generates 225kW and 700Nm, and achieves a combined fuel consumption of 8.9l/100km.

Both specifications pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission with low-range functionalities, and both reach a top speed of 210km/h.

Regardless of the engine, the Land Cruiser 300 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg, a cargo capacity of 1,967 litres in five-seater mode, and a ground clearance of 235mm that allow it to go nearly anywhere.

The market

The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is priced to compete against a selection of high-end SUVs in South Africa.

These premium vehicles come from prestigious manufacturers and are capable of competing against the Toyota in nearly every category.

Below, we list the competitors.

Click on the underlined prices to visit TopAuto Car Prices for more information.

Volvo XC90 B5 AWD Inscription

  • PriceR1,283,500
  • Power – 183kW/350Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 692 litres
  • Towing capacity – 2,250kg
  • Ground clearance – 238mm

VW Touareg V6 TDI Luxury R-Line

  • PriceR1,297,200
  • Power – 190kW/600Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 810 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,500kg
  • Ground clearance – 215mm

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

  • PriceR1,359,900
  • Power – 344kW/624Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 782 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,266kg
  • Ground clearance – 203mm

Audi Q7 45TDI Quattro

  • PriceR1,375,000
  • Power – 183kW/600Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 865 litres
  • Towing capacity – 2,700kg
  • Ground clearance – 210mm

Land Rover Defender 110 D300 X-Dynamic HSE

  • PriceR1,456,952
  • Power – 221kW/650Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 857 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,500kg
  • Ground clearance – 291mm

Nissan Patrol 5.6 V8 LE 4WD

  • PriceR1,602,900
  • Power – 298kW/560Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 1,413 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,500kg
  • Ground clearance – 272mm

BMW X7 xDrive30d

  • PriceR1,838,158
  • Power – 195kW/620Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 750 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,500kg
  • Ground clearance – 221mm

Mercedes-Benz GLS400d 4Matic

  • PriceR1,854,840
  • Power – 243kW/700Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 1,210 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,500kg
  • Ground clearance – 199mm

Mercedes-Benz GLS

Lexus LX 450d

  • PriceR1,939,500
  • Power – 195kW/650Nm
  • Cargo capacity – 1,431 litres
  • Towing capacity – 3,500kg
  • Ground clearance – 225mm

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