The new Lexus LX 600 combines luxury features with classic off-road performance. For those who just need to own a version of the new Land Cruiser, codenamed J300, there is an option. The underlying platform houses a more luxurious all-rounder, the all-new Lexus LX 600. The 60 series of land cruisers slowly evolved during the 1980s, a decade in which there was significant growth in the SUV market.
By 1991, leather-trimmed seats, air conditioning, improved audio and other amenities were taking the Land Cruiser to luxury territory. Both the 40 and 55 Series Land Cruisers got a new 4.2-liter in-line six in 1975, and a 4-speed transmission replaced the 3-speed one. In terms of environmental performance, Toyota aims to reduce global CO2 emissions by approximately 10% * per year compared to the previous model, combining the newly developed Direct Shift-10AT (10-speed automatic transmission) with a lighter body weight. The Land Cruiser evolved more rapidly in the 1990s, becoming a versatile, robust and comfortable family vehicle for many customers.
In 1980, Toyota replaced the Land Cruiser 55 series with the all-new 60 series (FJ60), which offered greater comfort and, at the same time, retained its solid capacity. With the Multi-Terrain Select system, the driver can adapt the Land Cruiser's wheel slip control to surface and driving conditions. Meanwhile, the slightly smaller Land Cruiser Prado (J120) became the base of the Lexus GX 470 SUV in 2003, and the basic chassis also supported the fourth-generation Toyota 4Runner. The new chassis was 50 percent stiffer and the ride was more comfortable thanks to the Land Cruiser's first independent front suspension.
While Land Cruisers weren't high-volume vehicles, an intensely loyal global following had made them icons of the global Toyota family. The essence that the Land Cruiser has been maintaining for the good of customers is reliability, durability and off-road performance. By 1993, Toyota equipped the Land Cruiser with a completely new 4.5-liter, 24-valve, six-cylinder in-line DOHC engine, which produces 212 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, the added power making the Land Cruiser an even better tow vehicle than before. Front suspension coil springs improved ride quality and, for the first time on a Land Cruiser, a full-time four-wheel drive system could be used in all conditions, including dry roads.
For the first time, the Land Cruiser's engine was not an in-line six, but a 4.7-liter V8 with 230 horsepower. It takes a few thousand a year, and while that's a big leap from the only Land Cruiser sold here in 1958, Toyota's flagship SUV remains a proud cornerstone on which the brand's success was built. Like the previous Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX 600 is ready to give any adventure an ostentatious safari touch, whether on or off road.