Toyota Drops 200-Series Land Cruiser in U.K. for 2016
Midsize 150 Model Continues
The U.S. market and the rest of the world may have gotten a shiny, updated Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX570, but one country not on the update list for the luxurious fullsize SUV is the United Kingdom. Auto Express reports that the Land Cruiser V8 will no longer be sold in the U.K. starting with the 2016 model year. The Land Cruiser V8 is not simply an engine option in the U.K. but rather an entire model line. The V8 model in the U.K. is powered exclusively by Toyota’s 1VD-FTV 4.5L turbodiesel V-8 producing 286 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. All U.S.-spec Land Cruisers get the 3UR-FE 5.7L V-8 also shared with the LX570, Toyota Tundra, and Sequoia fullsize SUV. The Lexus brand is sold in the U.K. but the LX570 is not sold in the British market.
The 150-series Land Cruiser, simply called “Land Cruiser” in the U.K., will continue. The only engine option for that model in the British market is a 3.0L I-4 turbodiesel mated to either a five- or six-speed manual transmission. A version of the 150-series Land Cruiser, known in some parts of the world as the Land Cruiser Prado, is offered in the U.S. as the Lexus GX460. However, the GX may be endangered in the North American market, where it’s rumored it will be replaced by a more car-like crossover model in the near future.
Source: Auto Express