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2012 Land Cruiser has more than a touch of squared-off Range Rover/Jeep styling.

This is Toyota's facelifted-for-2012, much-more-macho Land Cruiser 200, just released in the Japanese domestic market, which will be introduced in global markets during 2012 - although Toyota SA, firmly in holiday mode, wouldn't be drawn on when it will be released in South Africa.

The big visual change is a muscled-up front end with a new, squared-off bumper incorporating new foglights, new headlight clusters with the obligatory LED running lights and a revised grille with chrome slats, emphasising its family connection with SA's biggest selling vehicle, the Hilux bakkie.

There are also new mirrors with built-in indicator repeaters, revised tail lights and new alloy rims in 18 and 20” diameters.

The 4.6-litre V8 (235kW at 5600rpm and 460Nm at 3400rpm), auto tranny and permanent all-wheel drive are unchanged, but Toyota has updated the Multi-Terrain Select system, which re-maps the traction control and ABS for different driving conditions, and the 'crawl control', which acts like an old-fashioned hand-throttle for low-speed off-roading on difficult terrain.

The interior has been zhoozhed up with new colour options and trim materials, there's an upgraded display for the infoscreen between the main clocks and the clocks themselves get now, more legible graphics.

Prices in Japan range from ¥4.4 million (R460 000) to ¥6.3 million (R660 000); the current model sells in South Africa for R934 300, so you can expect this one to be hovering around the R1-million mark when it does get here.

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Anonymous, wrote

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08:12am on 31 December 2011
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Yes,South Africans are paying way too much for their cars. Take the 78 series Land Cruiser as case in point. They cost the equivalent of R250000 in Australia where as here in South Africa you have to fork out R465000

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Joe, wrote

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02:02pm on 30 December 2011
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Cant imagine why anyone would want a fuel guzzling vehicle such as this... and these people are concerned about carbon footprints and use the same vehicles to go visit gameparks in vehicles responsible for 'destroying' the enviroments..Sjoe

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11:14am on 30 December 2011
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Prices in Japan range from ¥4.4 million (R460 000) to ¥6.3 million (R660 000); the current model sells in South Africa for R934 300, so you can expect this one to be hovering around the R1-million mark when it does get here. WHY ARE SOUTH AFRICANS PAYING SO MUCH FOR THEIR CARS???

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Talha Rahim , wrote

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03:14pm on 29 December 2011
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wwwaaaaaaaaaoooooooooooooooooooooooo

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