Bad kissingen, 7. May 2008 – when the toyota land cruiser was launched in the mid-1950s, it was an angular off-roader of the old school – its first edition could be mistaken for the land rover that is still on sale today as the defender. And although the land cruiser today looks more like a luxury suv, its off-road capability remains one of its strong points. On a professional off-road course in bad kissingen we could experience, how the toyota land cruiser v8 does in difficult terrain.
The current cross-country vehicle represents the eighth generation of the almost 60-year-old series and is designed with a longer wheelbase in the time-honored style of a station wagon. While many competitors favor a self-supporting body, toyota’s land cruiser v8 continues to rely on a ladder-frame, surface-mounted body design. Compared to a self-supporting body, this is still the more robust design for serious off-road use. For better stability on difficult off-road trips, the cross-section of the long-wheelbase sections has been increased in both height and width.
Almost five meters long
The new edition of the land cruiser is characterized by the toyota design language "vibrant clarity", which can be translated as pulsating or powerful clarity. The japanese focus on clean lines and a robust look. It is hard to overlook how powerfully the land cruiser is positioned. The length of 4.95 meters, the width of 1.97 meters and the height of up to 1.91 meters speak for themselves. The open countryside suits this ship more than the search for a parking space in the parking garage.