Author: Croton Motors

Lexus SUV LX 570 Launch in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, August 20, 2015―Lexus announces it will start sales of the refreshed LX 570―positioned as the flagship model in its SUV line-up―at Lexus dealers across Japan from September 14. The LX was first launched in 1996 in North America as the Lexus brand’s first SUV. Since then, sales have grown there, while also expanding primarily to the Middle East and Russia. The new LX boasts dramatic advances in both design and driving performance, and will be sold in Japan with three rows of seats.

The LX possesses a number of features that define it as Lexus’ flagship SUV. Its recently updated interior and exterior design language balances power and luxury. On the technological front, numerous key passenger comfort features are included as standard, including Lexus Climate Concierge and Easy Access, which automatically adjusts vehicle height during ingress and egress.

The LX comes equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that provides high torque at low rpm. Additionally, a new driving mode called Customize Mode―a Lexus first―helps the LX achieve extremely stable and adaptive performance both on and off the road. Furthermore, to further increase safety and peace of mind, the LX is fitted with the Lexus Safety System + package which, as part of a multi-faceted approach to active safety, combines millimeter-wave radar with a camera to achieve high reliability and performance. This is the first time that Lexus Safety System + has been installed in a vehicle sold in Japan.


Chief Characteristics of the LX

Design that balances power and luxury

  • The exterior of the vehicle combines the power of an SUV with the inherent luxury befitting a Lexus flagship. The front profile provides a sense of stability with its daringly muscular lower portion, while the side profile emphasizes a refined yet bold and dynamic underbody and the rear cuts a sturdy yet graceful outline.
  • The spindle grille projects a sense of strength and elegance, and symbolizes the ever-evolving nature of Lexus. The lower portion of the grille takes on a protective shape while the inner grille bar juts out energetically from the hood and merges with the grille frame to form a single hard surface.
  • Sequential LED turn signal lamps are utilized in a Lexus vehicle for the first time. These innovative lamps light up in a flowing sequence, increasing visibility when turning right or left.
  • Also available from Lexus for the first time are 21-inch aluminum wheels. The combination of machine-cut highlights and metallic grey, and the addition of a new center ornament, together generate a luxurious feel.
  • The interior is, of course, highly functional, yet it also exudes a high-quality feel through the juxtaposition of such contrasting materials as metal, leather, and wood grain. The horizontally positioned instrument panel enables the driver to easily assess the position and stance of the vehicle, a core requirement for any true SUV.
Outstanding driving performance on and off the road

  • The LX’s 5.7-liter V8 engine boasts a wide torque band able to generate approximately 90 percent of its maximum torque at 2,000 rpm. Combined with a Super Intelligent Electronically Controlled Eight-speed Automatic Transmission, the LX demonstrates easy acceleration on-road and ample power at low and medium speeds off-road.
  • Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) improves handling by adjusting the steering gear ratio according to the speed of the vehicle, thus providing outstanding maneuverability and cruising stability despite the size of the vehicle.
  • Customize Mode has been included for the first time among the drive mode settings on a Lexus. Upon selection of Customize Mode, the powertrain, chassis, and air conditioning controls can each be freely adjusted. This enables the driver to select a driving mode better suited to his or her preferences, thereby improving the driving experience.
  • To complement the Drive Mode Select Switch, the LX comes equipped with 4-Wheel Active Height Control suspension (AHC) and Adaptive Variable Suspension system (AVS), both of which freely control the vehicle’s suspension. 4-Wheel AHC automatically controls vehicle height in various situations; for example, when the Lexus-first Easy Access feature is active, vehicle height is lowered when the engine is turned off in order to facilitate ingress and egress. In addition, AVS automatically adjusts the attenuation force of the suspension to suit the prevailing driving conditions, naturally and smoothly controlling the vehicle’s vibrations and providing outstanding comfort, maneuverability, and stability.
  • Two features assist driving depending on the prevailing off-road conditions: Crawl Control allows the vehicle to be operated at extremely low speeds through use of the steering wheel alone, without the need to use the accelerator or brake pedals, while the Multi-terrain Select switch increases AWD performance by optimizing traction and brake control. When driving with Crawl Control implemented, turn assist functions are engaged to enhance turning capabilities. This reduces the number of times the steering wheel has to be turned when executing tight turns, thus making the driver’s job easier.
  • The LX is also equipped with Multi-terrain Monitors, a system of four cameras that monitor conditions around the vehicle. The system allows the driver to check the road conditions in six blind spot areas around the vehicle, both on and off the road, and facilitates driving on narrow roads or moving over to the road shoulder. In addition, as a Lexus first, the LX features an under-floor view that allows the driver to check both conditions under the vehicle and tire positions while driving off-road.
Advanced safety technologies including the Lexus Safety System + active safety package

  • Lexus Safety System + is a package of multi-faceted, active safety technologies. The package includes: Pre-collision System (PCS) with pedestrian detection function; Lane Departure Alert (LDA), a system that alerts the driver if the vehicle is drifting from its lane; Adaptive Hi-beam System (AHS)2, which selectively blocks sections of high beams that might interfere with the vision of preceding and on-coming vehicles; and Radar Cruise Control (with All-speed Tracking function), a system for use on highways which ensures that a safe distance is maintained from the preceding vehicle.
  • A number of other safety features are also included as standard: Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is a system that monitors any vehicles to the rear that are difficult to see with the door mirrors, plus an area in adjacent lanes of up to about 60 meters to the rear, and then notifies the driver of any rapidly approaching vehicles; Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), a system for use when reversing out of car parks that utilizes the BSM radar to detect and notify the driver of vehicles approaching from the rear left or right; Multi-terrain Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), which, in addition to the standard ABS function of preventing wheels from locking up during braking, provides outstanding braking performance even when driving off-road; Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); and Brake Assist.
Fine-tuned comfort features for enhanced driving pleasure

  • The Lexus Climate Concierge advanced climate control system now features the first-of-its-kind3 Climate Concierge Switch, a feature that unifies control of automatic air conditioning, steering-wheel heating, and heating and seat ventilation for driver, passenger, and second row seats. In addition, the system detects whether passengers are present in the passenger and second row seats, and switches the various functions on or off accordingly.
  • The Vehicle Information and Communication System WIDE (VICS WIDE4), equipped on a Lexus for the first time, is a new navigation system that offers increased usability, such as heightened accuracy of traffic information. It takes advantage of the LX’s 12.3-inch widescreen display, which can display maps full-screen and provides excellent visibility.
  • The rear-seat entertainment system included as an option features two high-resolution 11.6-inch monitors built into the backs of the front seats. The viewing angle of the displays can be adjusted to provide optimal visibility.
Sales Outline
Monthly sales target for Japan
50 units
Assembly Plant

Yoshiwara Plant, Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.

The New Lexus RX Debuts, Poised to Redefine the Luxury SUV

Tokyo, April 1, 2015―Lexus has shown that it has once again redefined the luxury-sport-utility segment with the unveiling of the totally redesigned “RX” at the 2015 New York Auto Show today. As the best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history―with sales of more than 2.1 million units―the RX represents three out of ten vehicles ever sold by Lexus. The new model looks to build on that trend with a completely redesigned luxurious interior wrapped in a chiseled, attractive new body style. The large dose of Lexus brand DNA that’s been artfully incorporated into the details can not only be seen, but also felt. The reimagined RX boasts exceptional on-road performance and new safety technologies that include the innovative Lexus Safety System+.

RX Chief Engineer Takayuki Katsuda said: “Our ambition has been to make a bold and completely new statement in this segment while building on and staying true to the pioneering values of previous RX generations.”

A Bold Exciting New Look

That the new RX makes a powerful visual statement is obvious at first glance. The front features a completely new fascia that’s highlighted by an emboldened spindle grille with a chrome-plated border and triple L-shape-LED headlamps. Together with the redesigned fog lamps, this gives the RX an elegant yet futuristic aura. Muscular front fender flares add to the vehicle’s sporty attitude.

When seen from the side, the sharp character line that runs from the front fenders to the rear end, together with a flowing roofline, give the RX a dynamic profile that minimizes drag and decreases front and rear lift. All this makes the vehicle more stable at high speed with a sharp reduction in wind noise. A truly innovative styling element is the blacked-out C-pillars, which provide the illusion of a floating roofline never before seen on a Lexus. Also, newly designed 20-inch aluminum wheels with larger tires improve the vehicle stance and proportions. These 20-inch wheels can also be customized with body color-matching inserts to emphasize individuality.

The new RX’s rear appearance has been sharpened and exudes rock-solid stability, highlighted by LED L-shaped taillights that wrap around the sides of the vehicle, creating a wider, more authoritative presence when illuminated. When lit, a brilliant glow spans laterally from the body to the back door―a Lexus first.

Inside, the RX’s new luxurious cabin is one of comfort and luxury, with repositioned trim pieces that exude a high level of class, and specially finished laser-cut ornamentation available for those who desire an extra dose of opulence. A large heads-up display (HUD) takes center stage, while the information display area, featuring a 12.3-in. monitor, has been separated from the main operations area. Also, the shift lever has been moved away from the front of the instrument panel to optimize operability and create more space for the driver. But the driver isn’t the only one who benefits from the new interior: Rear-seat occupants are treated to more leg and knee space, and the newly developed seats offer heating and power reclining features that not only enhance convenience, they also provide a luxury feel and a sense of hospitality and sophistication. A retractable power panorama roof enhances the RX cabin’s spaciousness and provides occupants with a refreshing open-air experience.

Gen Ikeda, the chief designer of the RX, said: “We designed the RX to have a high amount of excitement and strength. The lengthened wheelbase and larger tire size result in sporty powerful proportions. Even while ensuring a high level of luxury and space within the cabin, the RX’s silhouette remains sleek and dynamic, while the interior has been designed for easy operation with luxurious execution.”

Smooth, Powerful and Efficient Under the Hood

Under the RX 350’s hood is an upgraded and more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 aiming to deliver 300 hp with direct injection, mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Based on this improved powertrain is the RX 450h’s Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V-6. When combined with the electric motor generator, the total output is expected to be around 300 hp. All RX engines have been tuned to achieve high fuel economy and low carbon emissions.

Better Handling and Stability

When it comes to delivering precise, controlled handling, the new RX offers impressive dynamic capability. The entire chassis has been fortified to provide better stability and control through turns. The vehicle’s body structure has been strengthened with added stiffness, helping to drastically improve its handling response while reducing engine and road noise in the cabin. The vehicle also features innovative technology, such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), each system designed to recognize potentially dangerous situations and make automatic and often transparent adjustments to ensure the car remains in control when entering and exiting corners. Also, All-Wheel Drive improves the RX’s handling performance and stability on both dry and slick surfaces alike.

The RX’s fully independent suspension system, which consists of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup at rear, has been tuned and reinforced to improve handling while keeping ride quality remarkably smooth. Available on most RX versions is the Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which electronically monitors and adapts the suspension damping and steering to ensure optimal handling and ride depending on the driving conditions. This means that wherever the RX goes, the AVS will automatically make lightning-quick adjustments to the shock absorber settings, ensuring the smoothest ride quality possible. The system is also designed to produce less body lean through corners, providing an engaging driving experience.

Safety is a Priority with Lexus Safety System +

Lexus has always stressed safety in all of its vehicles, so it should come as no surprise that the new RX is significantly improved in the areas concerning the well-being of its occupants. Among these new improvements are the upgraded body structure that heightens the overall passive safety of the RX, and Lexus Safety System+, which helps avoid or mitigate collisions across a wide range of vehicle speeds. Introduced globally as either standard or optional equipment, Lexus Safety System+ integrates several of Lexus’s existing active safety technologies. These include the Pre-Collision System (PCS) that detects sudden stops initiated by the vehicle in front, warning drivers of potential contact with obstacles ahead; Lane Departure Alert (LDA), which issues an audible signal if the vehicle strays from its intended lane; and Automatic High Beam (AHB) that helps ensure optimal forward visibility during nighttime driving. As part of a multi-faceted approach to active safety, the Lexus Safety System+ package utilizes a millimeter-wave radar that works together with a camera to keep the RX in its intended driving lane via the Lane Keeping Assist feature (LKA) and enhances the target detection for the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. For even higher safety levels, Adaptive High-beam System (AHS), a Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) are available as optional equipment.

The RX F Sport

For those who prefer even more excitement and performance in their luxury sport-utility vehicles, there is the RX F Sport, which will be available with all of the model’s engine offerings. Lexus vehicles designated with the F Sport badge are equipped with a number of special visual and performance features that set them apart from other versions. In the RX’s case, the spindle grille and lower center piece of the rear bumper possess an “F” mesh design, instantly giving the vehicle a sportier flair. New alloy wheels, exclusive to the F Sport, also help give the RX a commanding presence. Inside, the driver is treated to a custom F Sport instrument cluster as well as a sport steering wheel, featuring perforated leather and an attractive F Sportemblem, complete with paddle shifters. Exclusive colors and trim pieces are also part of the sporty package.

The RX F Sport’s performance on the road has been enhanced by an active stabilizer system whose world’s first cutting-edge technology keeps the vehicle’s body amazingly flat through corners. The aforementioned AVS, which also helps keep the vehicle planted to driving surfaces through turns, is standard on RX F Sport. The driver can select the AVS-enhanced Sport S+ mode, in addition to Eco, Normal and Sports S settings, on the Drive Mode Select control located on the center console.

The Luxury SUV Bar Has Been Raised Yet Again by the New RX

One thing is perfectly clear: Lexus’ best-selling sport-utility vehicle has dramatically raised the bar yet again in the luxury sport-utility segment, flawlessly combining luxurious comfort and bold styling inside and out, as well as delivering exciting driving performance.

“The pioneering spirit of Lexus drives us to create new technology and gives rise to new ideas. It allows us to introduce new vehicles with leading-edge features. And indeed, we are committed to bringing amazement and inspiration beyond expectations to the world. I believe this new RX will not only surprise new customers, but will also delight and satisfy our loyal customers, whose high expectations will be met by many new innovations,” Katsuda said.

Lexus RX
  RX 450h RX 350
Length 4,890 mm
Width 1,895 mm
Height 1,690 mm
Wheel base 2,790 mm
Track (front/rear) 1,640/1,630 mm
Driveline Front-wheel drive/All-wheel drive
Tires & Wheels 235/65R18, 235/55R20

Sharply Styled Lexus NX Compact Crossover SUV Debuts at Beijing Show

Beijing, China, April 20, 2014―Lexus’ first luxury compact crossover, the “NX”, made its world premiere here today at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition1, which runs through April 29. The NX, created for urban and active lifestyles, features an edgy, emotional design that is distinctively Lexus. Sales of the NX are scheduled to begin in world markets in the second half of 2014.

Two powertrain variants of the NX are on display in Beijing: the NX 300h, a highly efficient hybrid, and the NX 200t, the first Lexus fitted with a turbo engine.

2.0-liter turbo engine

The Lexus-developed direct-injection turbo engine features the world-first2 combination of a cylinder head with an integrated water-cooled exhaust manifold and a twin scroll turbocharger. This combination in addition to other new technologies such as a turbo-specific D-4ST fuel injection technology and continuous variable valve timing with expanded valve opening angles (VVT-iW) realizes both an excellent ride and environmental performance.

The all-new six-speed automatic transmission, developed to match the new turbo engine, uses newly-developed control logic to calculate required engine torque. The resulting maximized engine torque ensures responsive and smooth acceleration as well as high fuel efficiency.

The 2.0-liter NX is the first Lexus to be fitted with an idling-stop system, which reduces fuel consumption by automatically switching off the engine when the vehicle is idling. The system used in the NX has extremely fast engine-restart time.

To ensure Lexus quality and performance, the new turbo engine has been tested for more than 1 million kilometers.

2.5-liter hybrid engine

The 2.5-liter hybrid version of the NX combines a high thermal efficiency 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with an integrated high-torque motor. This improves fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions.

The hybrid variant also features sprung-weight damping control to increase ride comfort and handling stability. Vehicle pitching is reduced through the precise control of the drive motor’s torque.

Responsive handling

The NX employs specialized Lexus manufacturing techniques such as body adhesives and laser-screw welding3 to improve the rigidity of the suspension system as well as the the body, enhancing overall driving performance.

A newly developed shock absorber, capable of controlling even the smallest micro-level fluctuations, contributes to excellent handling stability and ride comfort. Additionally, the NX features a new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), capable of variable control in 30 stages.

All-wheel drive turbo models feature a Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive system which automatically switches from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive by calculating the driver’s intended driving line and adjusting the distribution of torque to the rear wheels as required. This increases cornering performance on all surfaces. All-wheel drive hybrid models also benefit from improved cornering, particularly on slippery surfaces, due to the E-Four system.

The F Sport grade boasts numerous exclusive features such as specially-tuned suspension and interior and exterior design. In addition, the F Sport variant achieves even sharper handling due to performance dampers that improve rigidity while absorbing small amounts of flex.

Driver support and safety features

The Panoramic View Monitor, introduced into a Lexus vehicle for the first time, helps the driver avoid other vehicles and pedestrians approaching from the sides. This system combines video from four cameras mounted to the front and rear sides of the vehicle, offering a view of everything happening around the car, including in blind spots. The display is automatically adjusted based on gear-stick operation, with the system able to display enlarged views from above the vehicle.

Radar Cruise Control with All-speed Tracking Function maintains inter-vehicle distance within a set speed and supports the driver by detecting the vehicle ahead and ensuring that an appropriate distance is maintained from cruising speeds down to a stop.



Lexus NX Key Specifications (Japanese Models)

  NX200t NX300h
Length 4,630 mm
Width 1,845 mm
Height 1,645 mm
Wheelbase 2,660 mm
Track (front/rear) 1,580 mm/1,580 mm*1
Driveline Front-wheel drive/
All-wheel drive
Front-wheel drive/
All-wheel drive (E-Four)
Engine Name 8AR-FTS 2AR-FXE
Type 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Displacement 1,998 cc 2,493 cc
Maximum output 175 kW [238 PS]
4,800-5,600 rpm
Maximum torque 350 N-m [35.7 kgf-m]
1,650-4,000 rpm
Maximum output (complete system)*2 145 kW [197 PS]
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Electronic continuously variable transmission
Tires (front/rear)*3 225/65R17 or 225/60R18 or 235/55R18
*1235/55R18-size tires: 1,570 mm/1,570 mm; *2Using both engine power and electric motor power (in-house calculations); *3Depending on variant



Toyota Launches ‘Vanguard’ SUV in Japan

Tokyo ― TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today the nationwide launch in Japan of the “Vanguard”, a new mid-size SUV, through “Toyopet” dealers and “Toyota Corolla” dealers.

Vanguard 350S “G Package” (Seven-seat vehicle, with options)

The Vanguard is a new luxury-class mid-size SUV with a high degree of mobility and power to spare.  Not only does it offer a superb driving performance based on exceptional handling and cruising stability, it features styling that reflects refined urban settings and provides a truly pleasant experience to drivers and passengers alike.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine and Active Torque Control 4WD combine with S-VSC (Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control) to provide power, handling and stability along with one of the best environmental and safety performances in its class*.  The Vanguard benefits from interior and exterior design cues that achieve a sense of strength and quality, as well as three rows of seats that can accommodate seven passengers within a roomy and highly practical interior space.

*Compared to vehicles of similar engine displacement

Sales Outline

Sales channels “Toyopet” and “Toyota Corolla” dealers nationwide in Japan
Monthly sales targets in Japan 2,500 units
Dealer launch events September 8 and 9, 2007
Assembly Plant:
Tahara Plant, Toyota Motor Corporation
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (Prices in Hokkaido and Okinawa differ; unit: yen)
Grade Seating Engine Powertrain Transmission Price1
(including consumption tax)
  240S 5 2AZ-FE
(2.4 liter)
Super CVT-i2
(Seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic)
7 2,688,000
  “G package” 5 2,887,500
  7 2,940,000
  350S 5 2GR-FE
(3.5 liter)
5 Super ECT3 3,055,500
7 3,097,500
  “G package” 5 3,297,000
  7 3,349,500

1. Prices listed do not include recycling fees.
2. Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent
3. Super Intelligent, Electronically-controlled, Five-speed Automatic Transmission

Vehicle Outline

Interior and Exterior Designs Combine Strength and Quality

    • The Vanguard’s interior and exterior designs are based on the Toyota brand design philosophy “Vibrant Clarity”, which is suited to active urban lifestyles.
    • A strong sense of discerning and sophisticated individuality is expressed through its SUV sturdiness.


    • The front features slim, robust headlights that curve around to the side of the vehicle, while the integrated fender and bumper express stability.  The hood has two sculpted lines that combine with distinctive fog lights to convey both strength and refinement.
    • The side creates a silhouette that flows smoothly from the hood to the roof and the rear spoiler.
    • The rear displays stability with a bumper that extends to the side, while the combination of taillights with clear lenses and LED lamps convey a sense of quality.


  • The two-tiered instrument panel emphasizes the expansive breadth of the interior, as well as the openness and comfort of the cabin space.
  • The bronze-tone finish used on the center console and door trim evokes a strong sense of refinement and quality.
  • A combination of real leather and Alcantara®*, a leading international brand of suede-like artificial leather, is used on the seats.  Meticulous attention to the feel and comfort of the seats expresses an unobtrusive quality.

* “Alcantara®” is a registered trademark owned by Alcantara S.p.A..

Roomy, Practical and Comfortable Interior

  • Three-row seat models for accommodating seven occupants and two-row seat models for five occupants are available.
  • The third row of seats in the three-row seat models can be stored under the floor to create a roomy rear cargo space.
  • The second row of seats (with reclining function) have backrests that fold in a 60/40 split and a “super tilt-down” mechanism that allows both the seat cushions and the backrests to fold down to create a nearly flat luggage space.  Vehicles with two rows of seats feature release levers located on the sides of the rear cargo space, easily accessible after opening the hatch door, making it possible to retract the second row of seats.
  • By making components below the floor slimmer, and by installing the rear shock absorbers at an angle, the opening to the luggage space has been placed close to the ground and the luggage space made wider, which facilitates the loading and unloading of cargo.
  • The HDD navigation system (compatible with G-Book mX and G-Book mX Pro telematics services) is equipped with advanced navigation features, including “Map on Demand” for updating the navigation system maps with the latest information, as well as a variety of multimedia functions.
  • The Smart Entry & Start System uses a key that does not need to be removed from the driver’s pocket to lock and unlock the doors, as well as a push button for starting the engine.
  • The interior features three independent, large Optitron Meters with excellent visibility and fully automatic independent temperature controls (with temperature sensors) for the driver’s and passenger’s side, complete with a pollen-removal mode that filters out pollen, dust and other impurities from the air.

Superior Cruising Performance that Enhances the Fun of Driving

  • The 3.5-liter V6 2GR-FE engine is combined with 5 Super ECT (Super Intelligent Electronically-controlled, Five-speed Automatic Transmission) for smooth and powerful acceleration and cruising with power to spare.
  • The 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE engine achieves high torque at low and medium speeds for stable cruising and smooth acceleration at high speeds.  The engine is paired with Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) and a seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic transmission that provides the feel of a manual transmission, to achieve high fuel efficiency and smooth cruising.
  • Adopted as standard equipment on all vehicles in the series is Active Torque Control 4WD, which distributes optimum torque to the front and rear wheels depending on driving status, such as vehicle speed and road surface conditions.  The system is integrated with S-VSC (Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control), which optimally balances driving power, steering and braking, to achieve stable driving regardless of road conditions.
  • A newly designed suspension and a highly rigid body provide excellent handling and cruising stability as well as a comfortable ride.
  • A “4WD LOCK” mode on vehicles fitted with the 3.5-liter engine maximizes the allocation of power to the rear wheels, enhancing driving in mud and on poor or unfinished road surfaces.

Class-leading Environmental and Safety Performance

  • The 2.4-liter models boast a fuel efficiency of 12.6km/l in the 10-15 test cycle outlined by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) with CO2 emissions under the test cycle just 184g/km, achieving fuel efficiency that exceeds by 20% the level called for by Japan’s 2010 standards*.  Both NOx (nitrogen oxides) and NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) have also been reduced, meaning all models achieve emissions levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under MLIT’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles.
  • Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment System)―Toyota’s original comprehensive environmental impact assessment system―was implemented to efficiently achieve overall reduction of environmental impact throughout the vehicle’s entire lifecycle.  Environmental targets were set in the initial vehicle development stage and a life cycle assessment was carried out to achieve a reduction of air contaminants and CO2, etc., throughout all stages of the vehicle’s life from production and use to disposal.
  • A review of the materials, processing methods and adhesives used for interior parts resulted in a reduction in the amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) used, thereby also reducing the unpleasant odors emitted from such compounds and achieving the Japanese automobile industry’s voluntary goals.
  • An Eco Driving Indicator lights up when the vehicle is being efficiently operated to raise the driver’s awareness of environmentally considerate driving and, thus, contribute to higher fuel efficiency.
  • The new vehicle adopts an advanced GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) collision-safety body that has been further developed to meet stricter than normal conditions by incorporating the concept of omni-directional compatibility.  Through the use of a body that effectively absorbs collision impact by diffusing it throughout its structure, Toyota satisfied all independent targets for survival space and occupant injury.
  • The body structure has been developed to further reduce pedestrian head injuries in an effort to achieve one of the highest levels of injury prevention in its class.
  • Front seat SRS side airbags and SRS curtain shield airbags that cover the front and rear seats come standard on all vehicles in the series.
  • The front-seat structures are based on the WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) concept and come with stronger seat frames and greater backrest give.  They were designed based on analyses using THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety), incorporating a structural design that reduces stress on the neck during low-speed rear impact.


Toyota to Showcase Crown Concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2017

Toyota City, Japan, October 4, 2017―Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is scheduled to showcase the Crown Concept vehicle at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, taking place from October 25th to November 5th, at Tokyo Big Sight. The theme of this year’s show is “Beyond the Motor.”


The Crown Concept is a concept vehicle developed in pursuit of driving performance and connected technology. It features the blend of the storied Crown tradition with its birth in 1955 and the innovation to be expected in the Crown in a next generation mobility society.

The features of the Crown Concept are as follows:

Innovative driving performance as part of Toyota’s pursuit of “Fun to Drive”

To offer customers the enjoyment of driving cars while pursuing a future mobility society, TMC has re-designed cars from scratch, including building the new Crown Concept on a platform based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and has conducted testing in Nürburgring, Germany. In addition to responsive handling performance, driving stability is realized whether driving in low-speed areas or high-speed areas and whether on smooth surfaces or rough surfaces. The driver is in control, put at ease, and can enjoy the driving experience.

Pursuit of innovative evolution in order to fully realize connected technology as a service
Responding to an IoT society with complete implementation of Data Communication Modules (DCM)

Toyota hopes to provide new value to customers by utilizing big data that is acquired from DCMs installed in Toyota vehicles. The DCM will come standard in the commercial model of the Crown Concept.

From “safety realized by one car” to “safety realized by the whole city”

Toyota’s advanced technologies not only include automatic braking, but also ITS Connect, a connected technology service that keeps society safe as a whole through the sharing of information on things like traffic signals and other vehicles. Toyota has contributed to the early development of connected technology by participating in public and private demonstration experiments.

Enhancement of your driving lifestyle with big data

By utilizing the mobility service platform, Toyota aims to contribute to solving societal problems, for example, by reducing traffic jams in cities through the utilization of data on traffic congestion. Additionally, Toyota aims to diagnose vehicles remotely using vehicle data collected from DCMs to predict potential vehicular issues and the necessity for vehicular maintenance. Call centers provide quick and appropriate support and provide customers a sense of safety and security.

Toyota aims to offer a car that can continue to excite drivers, well into ownership, and believes that the remote technology unique to this connected car, as well as the utilization of a new mobility service, can provide an exciting evolution to the driving lifestyles of its customers. The commercial model of the Crown Concept is scheduled to be released around the summer of 2018.

Crown Concept (general specifications)
Name Length
Crown Concept 4,910 1,800 1,455 2,920 5


Toyota Launches New ‘Crown’ Series Sedans in Japan

Toyota City, Japan, December 25, 2012―Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today1 of the redesigned “Crown Royal” and “Crown Athlete” sedans.  Both will be sold through “Toyota” dealers across Japan.

The original “Crown” debuted in 1955 and established a tradition of trust and peace of mind, and has since evolved into a sedan that leads the premium car market in Japan.  Now, the 14th-generation of the Crown revisits its roots while also living up to today’s demands and expectations by providing an exquisite ride and superbly quiet performance.  The new Crown series has been designed around the core concept of new innovation, and stands at the front of Toyota’s ongoing efforts to make ever-better cars2 that exceed expectations.

The new Crown series features distinct and dynamic styling that indicates the extent of the redesign.  All major components have been updated, including a new 2.5-liter hybrid system that combines high output with high fuel economy, a matured suspension, and new cutting-edge technology and devices such as the Toyota Multi-Operation Touch, which consolidates various vehicle functions into one, convenient, easy-to-operate touch panel.

Crown Royal

Grade Engine Transmission Driveline  
Royal 4GR-FSE
(V6 2.5-liter)
6 Super ECT*2 Rear-wheel
Royal Saloon  
Royal Saloon G  
Royal i-Four Four-wheel
Royal Saloon i-Four  
Royal Saloon G i-Four  
Royal THS II with reduction gear Rear-wheel
Royal Saloon  
Royal Saloon G  
Crown Athlete
Grade Engine Transmission Driveline  
Athlete 4GR-FSE
(V6 2.5-liter)
6 Super ECT*2 Rear-wheel
Athlete S  
Athlete G  
Athlete i-Four Four-wheel
Athlete S i-Four  
Athlete G i-Four  
Athlete S 2GR-FSE
(V6 3.5-liter)
8 Super ECT Rear-wheel
Athlete G  
Athlete THS II with reduction gear  
Athlete S  
Athlete G  
Vehicle Outline

1. Distinct and Dynamic Styling Fitting for a New Era

The new Crown series boasts a dignified yet expressive side profile built around a lowered body complemented by free-flowing lines and dynamic styling.  The impressive front mask―based on the shape of a crown―emphasizes the individuality of the Crown series’ unyielding presence and dignity.

Crown Royal
The hood and sides of the body thrust forward to create a strong front view with a commanding presence.  The thick, angled upper grille blends with the wide and open lower grille to create the new, dignified face of the Crown Royal

The lowered body combines with the horizontally accented shoulder lines to create a low front-center-of-gravity while presenting a sense of forward momentum through the side profile.

The cabin is tapered toward the rear with the tires set outward through the use of arch hemming3 to create an impressive rear view that conveys a sense of stability and sturdiness.  The shortened wheel arch flanges and the hems are curved inward to present smooth flare surfaces.

Crown Athlete
The low-to-the-ground center body and fender strongly emphasize the tires to form a lively front view.  The shape of the grille evokes the image of a crown while expressing the functionality of a sports model to produce a striking look.

With integrated side rocker molding consistent with the body, the side profile emphasizes the low center of gravity and excellent driving performance.

The rear view features combination taillights with rounded accents that convey an aggressive feel.  The rear spoiler flows smoothly into the side rocker moldings to emphasize the low center of gravity, and the adoption of a lower garnish with aerodynamic effects conveys the quality of the driving performance.

Shapes and handiwork infused with traditional Japanese aesthetics (such as layers, overlapping patterns) show refinement, contrasting with the modern Toyota Multi-Operation Touch control unit, but realizing a harmony between these aspects to create a modern interior that integrates tradition with innovation.

Newly developed wood-grain panels―with lustrous gold stitching and intricate geometric patterns created through digital processing―are arranged and placed with extreme precision to create an interior space that pursues unprecedented quality in ornamentation design and detail.

Interior and Exterior Colors
The Crown Royal is available in six body colors, including new Precious Silver and two new interior colors―Chestnut and Flaxen.

The Crown Athlete is available in six body colors including new Precious Silver and Precious Black Pearl with two interior colors including new Terra Rossa.

2. Outstanding Performance

The new, exclusive rear-wheel-drive hybrid system combines a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder inline Atkinson cycle engine featuring next-generation D-4S4 technology with a high-torque motor to provide the drive performance of a 3.0-liter V6 vehicle and class-leading5 environmental performance.

The new 2AR-FSE engine achieves class-leading5 maximum thermal efficiency6 of 38.5 percent to achieve both high fuel efficiency and high output.

Fuel efficiency is 23.2 km/L under the JC08 test cycle of Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT; equivalent to CO2 emissions of 100 g/km), contributing to substantial reductions in CO2 emissions.

The 2015 fuel efficiency standards are exceeded by 20 percent.  Combined with certification for emission levels 75 percent lower than 2005 standards under the MLIT approval system for low-emission vehicles, the new Crown series is eligible for tax reduction measures under the Japanese government’s taxation system for environment-friendly vehicles.

Main Specifications of Crown Series Exclusive Rear-wheel-drive Hybrid System
Engine Model 2AR-FSE
Displacement 2,493 cc
Maximum output 131 kW (178 PS)/6,000 rpm
Maximum torque 221 N-m (22.5 kgf-m)/4,200―4,800 rpm
Motor Model 1KM
Maximum output 105 kW (143 PS)
Maximum torque 300 N-m (30.6 kgf-m)
Complete system Maximum output* 162 kW (220 PS)
Battery Nickel-metal hydride
*Using both engine power and electric motor power; based on TMC calculations
In addition to the 2.5-liter V6 engine with 6 Super ECT and the Athlete-only 3.5-liter V6 engine with 8 Super ECT, both vehicles are also equipped with the Driving Response and Acceleration Management System (DRAMS) for smooth and powerful acceleration.

Rigidity of the front and rear suspension arms has been optimized.  The rear suspension arms with open cross-sectional configuration provide a high-quality ride without transmitting vibration from the road surface.  Offset tie-rod ends on the front suspension and toe-control arms in the rear suspension maintain high vehicle stability when cornering to greatly increase ride comfort.

The addition of spot welding to certain locations increases body rigidity, improving steering responsiveness, road grip and riding comfort.

The sides of the combination taillights feature aero-stabilizing fins that generate small eddy currents in the air that flow alongside the vehicle, applying force to the vehicle on both sides to maintain excellent steering stability.

Extensive vibration and noise countermeasures have been implemented on the body, this in addition to the hybrid system on hybrid models can provide much quieter performance7 over the existing V6 engine.

3. State-of-the-art Equipment

Driving Support
The Adaptive High Beam System ensures high forward nighttime visibility for the driver by detecting preceding and oncoming vehicles and selectively blocking sections of the high beams coming from the vehicle that could interfere with other drivers’ vision.

The Panoramic View Monitor integrates images from four cameras mounted on the front, rear, left, and right of the vehicle and displays them on the navigation system screen in conjunction with gear-stick operation to enable the driver to monitor hard-to-see areas around the vehicle.

Safety and Peace of Mind
The new Crown series features a Pre-collision System (including an improved Pre-collision Brake Assist system and a Pre-collision Braking system) with millimeter-wave radar that improves deceleration performance for 90 percent of relative speeds at which rear-end collisions occur.

In addition, Intelligent Clearance Sonar automatically applies the brakes and mitigates damage in the event of a collision caused by pedal misapplication or application with excessive force.  For example, when starting from a stop in a parking lot, if the clearance sonar detects an obstacle in the direction of travel, a warning is issued and the engine or motor output is controlled accordingly.

Drive-start Control, standard on all vehicles, provides an on-screen and auditory warning to the driver and controls the engine or motor output to limit sudden acceleration and mitigate collision damage in the event of irregular gear-stick operation.

In the unfortunate event of a collision with a pedestrian, the vehicle’s Pop-up Hood instantly raises at the rear to reduce the force of impact on the pedestrian’s head.

Options Packages*1
  Options Packages Main features
1 Advanced package – Pre-collision System (millimeter-wave radar)
– Clearance Sonar and Back Sonar
– Intelligent Clearance Sonar
– Radar Cruise Control (brake control)
– Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management*2 (gasoline-engine Royal Saloon models only)
2 Driver support package*3
Electric tilt and telescoping steering wheel with auto-tilt away and return function (gasoline-engine Royal Saloon, Royal Saloon i-Four, 2.5-liter gasoline-engine Athlete S and Athlete S i-Four)
Automatic windshield wipers (rain detection)
Automatic anti-glare rearview mirror
3 Rear comfort package*4 – Rear power seats (reclining with 40/20/40 split)
– Rear center arm rest (with cup holder, storage box, and various control switches)
– Rear accessory socket (DC 12 V, 120 W)
– Rear left and right SRS side airbags
4 Leather seat package*5 – Leather seats
– Front seat ventilation
– Front seat heaters*6
– Rear seat heaters (Royal Saloon G and Royal Saloon G i-Four only)
*1Not available on the Royal and Royal i-Four or the Athlete and Athlete i-Four.; *2Combines Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Traction Control, and Electric Power Steering; *3Standard on the Royal Saloon G, Royal Saloon G i-Four, Athlete G, and Athlete G i-Four; *4Standard on the Royal Saloon G, Royal Saloon G i-Four; not available on the Athlete series; *5Standard on the Athlete G and Athlete G i-Four; *6Standard on hybrid vehicles.











Mitsubishi Motors Launches the All-new Outlander Mid-size SUV in Japan

Tokyo, October 25, 2012 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the launch of the all-new Outlander mid-size SUV for the Japan market at dealerships throughout Japan today. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the new Outlander after going on sale in Russia and Europe. This successor of the previous Outlander core model (which sold about 660,000 units during its lifetime) harmoniously balances high levels of safety, high fuel efficiency, and extended utility to provide a “premium driving experience.” The new Outlander’s four trim levels’ suggested retail price will range from ¥2,427,000 to ¥3,100,000.
The new Outlander represents the fusion of every facet of MMC’s car-building technology and knowhow. The focus for the new Outlander was on achieving a significantly refined look and feel that oozes quality in its exterior appearance, interior, and driving performance along with world-class safety features such as “e-Assist.” As a result it offers superior on-road safety performance with its advanced occupant safety features and high-performance 4WD drivetrain while also achieving excellent environmental performance through its extensive use of fuel efficiency technologies and reductions in weight.
  • PHEV Version Coming Soon to Japan
The Outlander PHEV, which uses MMC’s new Plug In Hybrid EV System powertrain is due to come to market first in Japan early in 2013.
  • Global Strategic Model On the Move
Following the new Mirage, the new Outlander is also a “global strategic model” for MMC which will be rolled out globally. First launched in Russia in July, and then in Europe in September, the new Outlander is enjoying an excellent debut with over 10,000 orders taken in Russia already (as of the end of September). Following its launch in Japan the new model will be introduced in other markets, including Oceania and North America.
  • Emphasis on World-Class Safety
The new Outlander series is offered in four trim levels: the 24G,24G Safety Package, 24G Navi Package 2.4-liter gasoline powered 4WD models and the 20G 2.0-liter gasoline powered 2WD model. Offered for the first time on a MMC product, 24G Safety Package and 24G Navi Package trim levels come standard with the company’s new “e-Assist” advanced safety technology which helps prevent forward collisions and lane drifting. With “e-Assist” and other passive and active safety features, MMC has put together a next-generation mid-size SUV that puts maximum emphasis on the comfort and safety of the occupants.
1) Premium Safety: Advanced Safety Features & High-performance 4WD Drivetrain
  • The new Outlander is the first MMC model to employ the company’s “e-Assist*1” advanced safety technology. Comprising the three functions detailed below, e-Assist supports safer and stress-free driving.
    • Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM) automatically helps avoid a collision with the vehicle ahead or reduce impact damage in the event of a collision.
    • Lane Departure Warning System (LDW) alerts the driver when the vehicle starts to drift from its lane, aiding driver concentration.
    • Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC) automatically maintains a driver-adjustable distance with the vehicle in front, reducing the chance of a collision if the vehicle in front suddenly stops.
  • For greater safety, all models in the new Outlander series come standard with seven SRS airbags and with Active Stability Control which stabilizes the movement of the Outlander when it senses the vehicle is starting to skid.
  • 4WD models use the latest version of MMC’s electronically controlled four-wheel drive system which allows the driver to select one of three modes for different road surface conditions. The 4WD system is now available with a new 4WD ECO mode which gives the driver optimum driving stability together with optimum fuel efficiency. Also available as a factory option on the new Outlander is MMC’s S-AWC vehicle dynamics integrated control system which controls left/right wheel torque split to further improve handling and vehicle stability.
  • *1: Called “e-Assist” in the Japan market.
2) Environmental Performance: High Fuel Efficiency Technologies & Weight Reduction
All models in the new Outlander series are standardized with MMC eco-friendly technologies which promote smarter and more fuel-efficient driving. These include the Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idle-stop system, new MIVEC*2 engines, an ECO Mode Switch and other fuel-efficiency improving technologies.
  • In the search for even better fuel efficiency, the new Outlander also features lower aerodynamic drag and a significant reduction in vehicle weight.
  • With the 2.0-liter 2WD model and the 2.4-liter 4WD models that are approximately 15 percent up to 22 percent respectively more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, the new Outlander offers a significant improvement in fuel efficiency while retaining its predecessor’s outstanding driving performance. With 2WD and 4WD models returning 15.2 km/liter and 14.4 km/liter*3 respectively, among the best in its class*4, the series achieves Japan’s 2015 Fuel Efficiency Standards and means it also qualifies for eco-car subsidies to enjoy 50 percent reductions in acquisition tax and tonnage tax at the time of purchase.
  • *2: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system
  • *3: In the 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter powered 7-seater SUV class. In-house research data, as of October 2012.
  • *4: In the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 fuel-economy test cycle.
3) Premium Quality: Improved Overall Quality in Exterior & Interior Appearance and Ride
  • The clean lines and smooth exterior styling serve to give the new Outlander a “refined” appearance.
  • The interior design creates a sophisticated and comfortable occupant space using a dashboard with as few dividing lines as possible and with an ergonomically functional switch and control layout.
  • To ensure that even with seven people on board all occupants can enjoy a comfortable and relaxing driving experience, the third-row seat has been made much more comfortable, noise levels have been reduced, ride comfort improved, and more small-item storage space provided. All models come standard with fully automatic climate control with separate temperature controls for driver and front passenger while a power tailgate is standard on the 24G Navi Package trim level.
1) Exterior Design
  • The exterior design gives the new Outlander a “refined” appearance while keeping virtually the same body size as its predecessor. It accomplishes this by the use of straight-line styling linking the grill and headlamps at the front all the way to the rear garnish and combination light units at the rear to create wide and stable front and rear end views. The new Outlander’s character lines also impart a laid-back and stretched look to the body side. Fitting the windshield washer nozzles on the underside of the engine hood is another example of elements contributing to the new model’s clean and premium styling.
  • Extensive wind tunnel testing was conducted to achieve a body shape with superior aerodynamics in order to reduce drag and wind noise. As a result the new Outlander’s drag coefficient of just 0.33 (in-house measurement) is some 7 percent less than its predecessor, and a factor contributing to its improved fuel economy.
  • The new Outlander is offered in a choice of six body colors. A new Copper Metallic finish, which combines a look of high quality and a touch of sportiness to impart a mature composure to the car’s appearance, joins Cosmic Blue Mica, Black Mica, Titanium Grey Metallic, Cool Silver Metallic and White Pearl. All colors serve to give the new Outlander a distinctive road presence and premium “refined” look.
2) Interior design
  • Coordinated in a sophisticated and composed black color scheme, the interior design focuses on a “premium quality” look. In a clean design the dashboard uses as few dividing lines as possible with pleasant to the touch soft padding covering the top and running into the front door trim. The glossy piano black center panel, silver highlighted carbon-look instrument cluster and front door decoration panels add a stylish touch and bring out the spacious feel of the cabin.
  • In standard trim levels the seats are upholstered in a sophisticated fabric. Available in a factory option package with wood grain decoration panels and a power glass sunroof, the leather upholstered front and second-row seats use double-stitching to add a further touch of premium quality. The driver’s seat has power adjustment and both driver and front passenger seats are heated.
  • All models use high-contrast gauge meters. Located between the twin dials, a high-definition LCD full-color Multi-information Display allows the driver to reference visual information from the ECO Drive Assist system, from the e-Assist system as well as destination route guidance which is coupled to the car navigation system (on models fitted with MMCS) without having to change their line of vision much. The most frequently used switches and controls are grouped in the center panel for optimum functionality.
3) Packaging/Occupant Comfort
  • The new Outlander shows an evolution in its seating which allows the user to tailor the seating layout more flexibly and easily to passenger and luggage requirements. The 60/40-split second row seats use a new double-action folding mechanism which allows the user to raise the seat cushion and fold the seat back forward with much less effort. The third-row seat now uses a 50/50-split design and a “one-touch tilt down” mechanism which allows the seat to be lowered simply by folding the seat back forward. With the second and third-row seats folded away, these changes give a luggage compartment length of 1685 mm, or 335 mm longer than its predecessor.
  • The third-row seat is wider and offers more leg room and comfort. 120 mm wider than on its predecessor, the seat now uses a 4-step reclining mechanism. The second-row seats, meanwhile, feature a slide travel of 250 mm, providing more legroom for third- row seat occupants and easier access to the third-row seat.
  • For improved safety, the driver’s field of view has been extended through a number of detailed changes including the use of slimmer A-pillars and lowering the position of the exterior door mirrors and the windshield wiper rest position. For improved visibility at night, the new Outlander uses the same super-wide HID headlamps which throw more illumination sideways as the RVR (ASX or Outlander Sport in other markets). In addition, on models fitted with MMCS or Display Audio a side-view camera giving a clear view of the blind spot immediately to the vehicle’s left and a rear-view camera are standard. Together with a minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters, one of the smallest in its class, these features give the new Outlander great maneuverability and allow the driver to operate the new Outlander with greater reassurance.

4) Powertrain
  • 4WD models are powered by the 4J12 2.4-liter MIVEC engine while 2WD models are used the 4J11 2.0-liter MIVEC engine. The latest MIVEC system continuously regulates intake valve lift height as well as opening and closing timing, thus allowing these SOHC engines to deliver virtually the same motive performance as the 4B11 and 4B12 DOHC engines which powered the current Outlander while achieving better fuel economy.
  • The powertrain uses the same Auto Stop & Go (AS&G) idle-stop system as the Mirage and Delica D:5. This reduces fuel consumption by automatically stopping the engine when the vehicle is stationary at traffic lights.
  • The INVECS-III*5 CVT with 6-speed Sport Mode uses new gear mapping which places bias on fuel economy during low-speed driving, while ensuring linearity between engine and vehicle speed when the driver floors the accelerator. The improved system reduces the sense of slip inherent to CVTs and provides a more natural acceleration feel. The new Outlander retains the paddle shifters used on its predecessor.
  • For the first time on an MMC model, the new Outlander features an ECO Mode Switch which promotes eco-friendly driving. Pressing the ECO Mode switch located in the center panel engages the system which automatically controls engine output, climate control operation and reduces energy used in the 4WD drivetrain to improve fuel economy.
  • The new Outlander now comes with the ECO Drive Assist Display which allows the driver to actually see the results of more fuel-efficient vehicle operation. The system encourages drivers to operate the new Outlander fuel efficiently by displaying a real-time bar graph in the Multi-information Display which shows how economically they are operating their new Outlander, the ECO Score five-leaf gauge which rates their overall economy performance, and the AS&G Monitor displays the cumulative time the idle-stop system has been activated.
  • *5: Intelligent & Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System (INVECS-III is a dedicated CVT management system).
5) 4WD Drivetrain
  • The electronically-controlled 4WD system allows the driver to operate their Outlander with reassurance and comfort under almost any road surface condition. The driver can select between three operating modes: 4WD ECO, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK. Replacing the 2WD mode on the previous Outlander, the 4WD ECO mode automatically switches between 2WD and 4WD drive to match road surface and driving conditions and delivers high fuel efficiency and high driving stability at the same time.
  • Now available as a factory option is the S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics integrated control system. Developed from MMC’s electronically controlled 4WD drivetrain which regulates torque split between the front and rear wheel, it adds left/right wheel torque-split management to provide handling control which more faithfully reflects driver inputs as well as confidence-inspiring driving stability.
6) Chassis
  • The new Outlander’s chassis has been developed to retain the outstanding traveling performance, handling and stability of its predecessor while raising the bar in terms of ride comfort and NVH performance. In the front suspension, careful tuning of the springs, shock absorbers and other parameters has resulted in a gentler ride over expressway on-off ramps. The rear multi-link arrangement features redesigned arms to reduce weight while reduction of the unsprung weight has improved handling and stability as well as ride comfort.
  • All models ride as standard on 18-inch alloy wheels, each 0.6 kg lighter than on the predecessor, and fitted with 225/55R18 tires.
  • To give added reassurance, all models come with Hill Start Assist, which stops the vehicle rolling back when moving off on an upward gradient; Brake Assist, which boosts braking pressure in emergency braking situations; and an Emergency Stop Signal.
  • All models come standard with Active Stability Control which helps prevent and reduce skidding resulting from sudden steering inputs or maneuvers on slippery surfaces by controlling engine output and braking pressure at each wheel.
  • The hydraulic power steering system on the previous Outlander has been replaced by one using an electric motor, achieving an improvement in fuel economy. Telescopic and tilt steering column adjustment allows the driver to set up the proper driving position more easily.
7) Body
  • Vehicle weight has been reduced to improve fuel efficiency, handing control, acceleration and braking. The more extensive use of high tensile strength steel in the body structure and the more muscular shapes crafted into the body design allows the use of thinner panels. Added to weight reductions in the seat and suspension, the new Outlander is 100 – 110 kg*6 lighter in total vehicle weight than its predecessor.
  • *6: Compared with 20G and 24G trim levels respectively.
  • All models in the new Outlander series come standard with a total of seven SRS airbags: driver and front passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver. The addition of a subframe and more structural reinforcements shows an evolution in the performance of the RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) safety body. Together, these safety features provide enhanced occupant protection in the event of a collision.

8) e-Assist Collision & Lane Departure Prevention Technology
The e-Assist advanced safety technology uses millimeter-wavelength radar and a camera to support the driver in operating the new Outlander safely and in greater comfort on occasions when accidents are more likely to occur, such as long distance journeys or when driving in poor visibility at night or in bad weather. Used for the first time on an MMC model, e-Assist is standard on the 24G Navi Package and 24G Safety Package trim levels.
  • Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM): Assists safe vehicle operation in poor forward visibility conditions such as at night, in rain or in fog. The system monitors the distance and relative speed of the vehicle in front and instantly detects any decrease in the intervehicular distance caused by the vehicle in front braking or coming to a halt. Emitting an audible alarm and automatically applying the brakes, FCM contributes to collision avoidance with the vehicle in front or mitigation of impact damage in the event of a collision.

 FCM collision-reduction braking system operation
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDW): Operates when the vehicle starts to move out of its lane unintentionally, such as when it starts to cross a lane without the driver having operated the turn signal. Monitoring the road dividing lanes ahead, the system alerts the driver with an audible alarm and warning light when it detects the vehicle is starting to drift from its lane.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): As with FCM, ACC monitors the distance to and relative speed of the vehicle ahead to allow the driver to automatically follow it at one of three selectable intervehicular distances until it comes to a halt. ACC relieves the driver of the hassle of frequent operation of the accelerator and brakes when driving in congested traffic or in frequent stop/start driving on expressways.
  • Note: FCM, LDW and ACC are not able to cope with all traffic, weather and road conditions. ACC and FCM are designed to react to motor vehicles and will not react to pedestrians, bicycles or motorbikes.
9) Utility / Equipment & Trim
  • A power tailgate which makes it easier to load and unload luggage is standard on the 24G Navi Package. Operation of a button on the keyless operation keyfob or switch in the driver’s door causes the tailgate to open or close automatically. For added safety, a reversing mechanism stops the tailgate from closing when it detects an obstruction.
  • All models come standard with a keyless operation system which, with the keyfob in pocket or handbag, allows the driver to operate the car locks simply by pressing the door or tailgate switch and also to start or stop the engine by pressing the engine button.
  • The new Outlander is the first MMC model to use fully automatic climate control with separate temperature controls for driver and front passenger.
  • The new Outlander uses MMC’s own ETACS (Electronics Time and Alarm Control System) electronics control system to enhance car journey comfort by automatically controlling operation of the headlamps, wipers, door mirrors and other equipment.
  • The new Outlander shows an evolution in the ease of use of the already comprehensive provision of small item storage space seen in its predecessor. For added convenience the front passenger glove box now uses a double-compartment design and has internal illumination. For added comfort the third-row seat is now provided with storage spaces and cup/drink holders on both sides. The luggage compartment now comes with a 16.5-liter floor box, facilitating handling of luggage.
10) Navigation & Audio Systems
  • Standard on the 24G Navi Package, and a factory option on other trim levels, is the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS) with a high-definition 7-inch display which is easier to see and to use. The navigation system gains some new features including: a function which uses traffic congestion information and altitude data to search for the most fuel-economical route; and a telematics function which receives nationwide traffic information and real-time congestion information through a Bluetooth®*7 compatible mobile phone*8. The 7-inch display can also be used to show pictures from the side and rear-view cameras when fitted.
  • Available as a factory option on models fitted with MMCS is the latest version of the Rockford Fosgate® Premium Sound system which proved very popular on the previous Outlander. With all-new circuitry and speakers, the system features a number of new functions which dramatically improve audio quality. Integrated with the sound system is DTS Neural Surround TM*9 technology which allows stereo content to be upmixed and played back in virtual surround sound. The system also now incorporates Dolby® Volume*10, an advanced digital signal processing technology for controlling playback volume and eliminating volume differences when changing between channels or switching sources.
  • A Display Audio system is available as a factory option. The touch-panel 6.1-inch display provides a multi-feature system in a clean design. In addition to its audio functions, the display can also be used to show pictures from side and rear-view cameras if fitted.

Special Editions of Land Cruiser V8 and Prado Models

To further commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Land Cruiser 70 Aug. 25, 2014), Toyota will release two new special edition models, the “Land Cruiser ZX Bruno Cross”3 and the “Land Cruiser Prado TX Argento Cross”4 in Japan.

Land Cruiser ZX Bruno Cross


The Land Cruiser ZX Bruno Cross is based on the Land Cruiser ZX (of the “200” series currently sold in Japan and elsewhere). Special features include super chrome metallic paint, aluminum wheels and premium nappa leather seats. Additional touches, such as plated side mirrors, emphasize the vehicle’s luxury feel.

Land Cruiser ZX Bruno Cross Specifications

Vehicle Engine Transmission Driveline Occupancy  
Land Cruiser ZX
Bruno Cross
(4.6 liter V8)
6 Super ECT*2 Full-time 4WD 8  

Land Cruiser Prado TX Argento Cross

The Land Cruiser Prado TX Argento Cross is based on the Land Cruiser Prado TX (of the “150” series currently sold in Japan and elsewhere). The vehicle’s stylish features include a silver and black color scheme on the seat covers and roof railing, an exclusive dark gray metallic paint for the wheels, and a geometric instrument panel.

Land Cruiser Prado TX Argento Cross Specifications

Vehicle Engine Transmission Driveline Occupancy  
Land Cruiser
Prado TX
Argento Cross
ECT-E*2 Full-time 4WD 5  

1Ordering available for all vehicles produced through June 30, 2015
2Variable Valve Timing-intelligent; only used for intake on the Land Cruiser 70 series
3Bruno means brown in Italian
4Argento means silver in Italian

Redesigned Toyota ‘Harrier’ Crossover SUV to Launch in Japan

Toyota City, Japan, November 13, 2013―Toyota Motor Corporation will launch the redesigned “Harrier” crossover SUV in Japan on December 2, with a hybrid model scheduled for release on January 15 next year. The new Harrier, with its distinctive design and innovative new features, aims to exceed even the high expectations built up by previous models.

Premium Advanced Package (hybrid model)

Since its debut in 1997, the Harrier has built a strong brand image while pioneering the high-end crossover SUV genre. Known for its advanced technologies and features, the Harrier1 was the first vehicle to use Toyota’s proprietary Pre-collision System. In keeping with this legacy, Toyota has made some of its most advanced proprietary safety technologies available on the new Harrier. The cabin is quiet, as befits a high-end vehicle, while enhanced suspension and aerodynamic performance deliver a comfortable ride and superior driving stability. With an elegant, streamlined exterior and an interior that balances fine craftsmanship with modern utility, the Harrier’s styling is innovative and distinctive. The hybrid model, powered by a 2.5-liter engine and hybrid system, retains the characteristic power of an SUV while achieving class-leading environmental performance and fuel efficiency of 21.8 km/L2. Developed for the Japanese market, the Harrier will be sold at “Toyota” channel dealers throughout Japan.


1. Refined Interior and Elegant Exterior

“Elegant velocity” underlies the new Harrier’s exterior design: long front and short rear overhangs lend a new, streamlined dynamism to the side profile, while horizontally accented styling and forward-leaning quarter pillars give a sleek, speedy look that is instantly recognizable.

The dramatic curve of the front bumpers toward the rear creates a powerful, compact front end, while the deeply chiseled front face makes the new Harrier instantly recognizable.

Contoured wheel flares convey stability, while a low-profile rear bumper emphasizes the short overhang and lends a light-weight appearance to the rear of the vehicle.

The Harrier makes innovative use of LED lamps, which have been made standard in all grades. Also available are clearance lamps (in a row of three) and boldly shaped rear combination lamps with gradient brightness.

The premium, modern interior fully embodies the design aesthetic of “rich simplicity”. Padded surfaces with accented stitching and wood grain ornamentation bear testament to skilled craftsmanship, while a technically advanced, ergonomic center cluster with touch-sensitive electrostatic switches demonstrates modern refinement. The center cluster combines with an arch-roofed instrument panel to create a spacious and sporty interior while ensuring that all controls are within easy reach.

Considerable attention was given to detail, resulting in an interior door handle with a softly-curving form that flows from the instrument panel, front door trim ornamented with an embossed Harrier seal, console pockets that make optimum use of the space alongside the center console, and the harmonized shape of the door speakers and dashboard instruments.

Seven exterior colors are available, including five distinctive dark shades, such as the all-new “Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine”.

The interior comes in three colors. Use of the newly developed Deep Bordeaux color on the upper portion of the instrument panel adds a vibrant accent.

2. Premium Comfort and Advanced Features

Driving Performance
The cabin offers a level of quietness befitting a premium crossover SUV, with special attention paid to optimizing the placement of sound-absorbing and sound-blocking materials.

The Harrier’s suspension is enhanced through the use of Frequency Adaptive Damping (FAD) shock absorbers which control the degree of vehicle roll and pitch, automatically adjusting shock absorber damping characteristics to compensate for vehicle posture changes.

In addition to the use of latest control technologies for electric power steering, handling stability and riding comfort are improved through the new Harrier’s more compact body, use of high-tensile steel plates, and improved methods for joining body parts. Superior aerodynamic performance also helps realize high maneuverability, stability and a comfortable ride.

Gasoline engine models feature Dynamic Torque Control 4WD for automatic control of front-wheel and 4-wheel drive conditions. The system ensures a precise drive with enhanced cornering performance on dry surfaces by fine-adjusting torque distribution to the rear wheels in response to steering angle, vehicle behavior and other parameters. Integrated operation with S-VSC (Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control) provides exceptional stability on both slippery and dry surfaces, while the E-Four system in hybrid models controls front and rear wheel slippage, ensuring traction performance on slippery surfaces. It also optimizes torque distribution to the front and rear wheels in response to driving conditions, providing high handling stability when cornering.

The center console includes a wireless charger for charging smartphones and other mobile devices3.

The power rear hatch4 can be opened and closed automatically at the touch of a button, and now allows users to program the hatch to stop at an assigned height. This is particularly convenient when opening and closing the hatch in tight spaces.

Gasoline engine models include a Toyota-first Cold Storage Evaporator which allows the air conditioner to deliver cool air in the cabin for a longer time while the vehicle is idling.

For enhanced cabin comfort, the air conditioner also emits air containing nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particles, made possible by nanoe™5 technology4.

The Harrier features a new multi-information display, which displays navigation, audio, and other information on the instrument panel.

World-first6 technology detects when an arm or hand is in the way of a closing power window, and automatically stops the window.

A tilt and slide power moonroof with a motorized roller shade is available as an option on all grades.

3. Ergonomic Design and Superior Environmental Performance

The Harrier has shortened exterior proportions (body length, width, and wheelbase), enabling a minimum turning radius of 5.3 m7, while also providing a roomy interior with an extra 47 mm of legroom.

Repositioning the shock absorbers has freed up enough luggage space to accommodate four golf bags8. Additional cargo space is now available under the deck boards.

Driving posture has been optimized by changing the shape of the driver’s seat and the steering wheel attachment angle based on extensive ergonomic research. Adjustments to the shape of the front pillars and position of side mirrors offer better visibility for easier driving.

Safety and Driving Support
Some of Toyota’s most advanced features are available on the redesigned Harrier, including a Panoramic View Monitor9 for improved lateral visibility. This system combines video from four cameras mounted to the front and rear sides of the vehicle, offering a view of everything happening around the car, including in blind spots. The display is automatically adjusted based on gear-stick operation, with the system able to display enlarged views from above the vehicle. Users are notified of pedestrians and objects approaching from the front and rear sides. This is a Toyota-first feature.

The Lane Departure Alert (LDA) system uses a warning buzzer and display to alert the driver when the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane, and includes an added steer assist capability4, another Toyota-first feature. The steer assist function applies a supplemental counter-force to the steering wheel to assist the driver.

Also available is a Pre-collision System (with millimeter-wave radar)10 that is effective at the relative speeds at which more than 90 percent of rear-end accidents occur. If the system detects a high likelihood of collision, it triggers an alert while activating the automatic Pre-collision Brake Assist and Pre-collision Brakes11 to help prevent a collision or mitigate impact damage.

The Intelligent Clearance Sonar detects obstacles when starting off, and, if an obstacle is detected, triggers an alert while controlling engine or motor output according to the circumstances. Furthermore, in the event of mistaken or excessive application of the gas pedal, the Intelligent Clearance Sonar will apply the brakes to mitigate damage from collisions that might occur10. Drive-start Control, standard on all vehicles, provides an on-screen and auditory warning to the driver and controls the engine or motor output to limit acceleration and mitigate collision damage in the event of irregular gear-stick operation.

Environmental Performance
Hybrid models, powered by a 2.5-liter 2AR-FXE engine and hybrid system, achieve significantly improved fuel efficiency of 21.8 km/L2 and CO2 emissions of 106 g CO2/km12 under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle. This class-leading environmental performance is achieved while retaining the characteristic power of an SUV.

Gasoline engine models are fitted with a 2.0-liter Valvematic engine and newly developed continuously variable transmission, which together deliver smooth yet powerful acceleration. Two-wheel drive models also include the Toyota Stop & Start System, and achieve enhanced fuel efficiency of 16.0 km/L and CO2 emissions of 145 g CO2/km under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle13.

Both hybrid and gasoline engine (2WD) models exceed MLIT’s 2015 fuel economy standards14 by at least 20 percent15. In addition, all models are certified as having emissions that are 75 percent lower than the 2005 standards under the MLIT’s Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles. As a result, the Harrier is eligible for reduced taxes under the Japanese government’s tax system for environment-friendly vehicles.

‘Harrier’ Crossover SUV Main Specifications (Hybrid variant)

Engine Displacement 2,493 cc
Maximum output 112 kW [152 PS] / 5,700 rpm
Maximum torque 206 N-m [21.0 kgf-m] / 4,400–4,800 rpm
Motor Front Maximum output 105 kW [143 PS]
Maximum torque 270 N-m [27.5 kgf-m]
Rear Maximum output 50 kW [68 PS]
Maximum torque 139 N-m [14.2 kgf-m]
Complete system* Maximum output 145 kW [197 PS]
*Using both engine power and electric motor power (calculations by Toyota Motor Corporation)

1On the second-generation Harrier, launched in 2003

2Premium Advanced Package, Premium, and Elegance grades: 21.4 km/L

3Standard in the Premium Advanced Package grade; compatible with devices that support the Qi charging standard

4Standard in the Premium Advanced Package and Premium grades

5Registered trademark of Panasonic Corporation

6According to Toyota Motor Corporation

7Gasoline engine models only (fitted with 17-inch wheels)

8Assuming a 9.5-inch bag diameter; depends on size and shape

9Standard in the Premium Advanced Package grade

10Standard in the Premium Advanced Package grade; available as a manufacturer’s option in the Premium and Elegance grades

11Effectiveness of Pre-collision Brakes may vary according to weather and driving conditions

12Premium Advanced Package, Premium, and Elegance grades: 108 g/km

13Four-wheel-drive models: 14.8 to 15.2 km/L (153-157 g CO2/km)

14Specified under the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Act No. 49 of 2009)

15Four-wheel-drive models exceed the 2015 standards by 10 percent. Standards are exceeded by 20 percent for vehicles that weigh 1,660 kg or more due to the inclusion of manufacturer options.

Toyota Celebrates 30 Years of “Land Cruiser 70” Series

Toyota City, Japan, August 25, 2014―Over the 30 years since its launch, the “Land Cruiser 70″―a milestone model of Toyota’s longest-running nameplate―has gained devoted fans worldwide. Sales in Japan ended in 2004, but to respond to widespread domestic requests for its return to sale and to commemorate its 30th anniversary, Toyota is re-releasing the Land Cruiser 70 in Japan for roughly a year1. Additionally, two special edition versions of current models will go on sale at dealers throughout Japan.


The Land Cruiser 70, first launched in Japan in 1984, has heavy duty specifications adapted for off-road driving. The Land Cruiser 70 will go back on sale today at dealers throughout Japan, and Toyota expects to receive 200 orders a month for the one year period it will be sold. In addition to the four-door van model previously available, for the first time in Japan customers will also be able to choose a double-cab pickup truck. The vehicles will be produced at Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.’s Yoshiwara Plant.

The Land Cruiser 70’s ladder-frame construction gives it its legendary robustness and durability. These features are combined with a V6 4.0-liter engine and part-time four-wheel drive to reproduce the Land Cruiser’s classic features, including its excellent drivability. The vehicle incorporates modern interior and exterior design elements and safety features to meet today’s needs.


Vehicle description

1. Superior performance to conquer any road


The Land Cruiser 70 draws on the heritage of previous models. It has been designed to far more demanding standards than regular passenger vehicles and also leverages 30 years of improvements to realize superior robustness and durability since it launched. The traditional closed ladder frame mounting with cross braces provides a high degree of rigidity for traveling on rough roads, while also offering superior safety and comfort. Generous approach, break-over and departure angles for travel on rugged roads and over obstacles enable the vehicle to drive on grueling terrain beyond the capabilities of a regular passenger vehicle.

The four-door van has a typical Land Cruiser form and offers excellent riding comfort. The Japan-first double-cab pickup truck provides sturdy deck space, and can bear up to 600 kilograms of cargo.

Driving Performance

The V6 4.0-liter 1GR-FE engine is the first of its kind in Japan. The use of VVT-i2 provides high intake efficiency, while a light aluminum cylinder block and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) enable a 6.6 km/L fuel efficiency (under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s JC08 test cycle) along with high power performance of 170 kW (231 PS) maximum rpm and 360 N/m (36.7 kgf/m) maximum torque.

The five-gear manual transmission uses triple cone synchros on the second and third gears, achieving superior maneuverability and durability. The vehicle is equipped with a part-time four-wheel drive system (with dual-mode automatic locking hub) which allows the driver to select driveline using the transfer lever bar. This offers the option of quiet and fuel efficient two-wheel drive driving in town and on the freeway, while switching to four-wheel drive provides comfort and driving performance on uneven ground and slippery roads.

An optional extra electric differential lock (front and rear) prevents the vehicle getting stuck due to wheel-spin. Switch-operated locking of the differential gear transfers driving power to the grounded wheels, improving the vehicle’s capability to traverse mud and holes. An optional extra electric winch for the front bumper bar assists in moving the vehicle if it gets stuck, in removal of obstacles and for moving heavy loads.

2. Evolved to Meet Today’s Needs


While the exterior inherits the Land Cruiser’s signature sturdiness, the front takes on a more modern design. In addition to an updated front grille and hood, the modern headlights incorporate turn indicators.

The interior also maintains the signature strength of the Land Cruiser while incorporating modern design features. The instrument panel is highly functional, featuring a straight horizontal design to help the driver stay aware of the vehicle’s position when driving off-road.

A 30th anniversary commemorative emblem is featured on both sides of the vehicle. A special leather key case and leather maintenance record holder are also included.

Safety Equipment

Modern safety adaptations include SRS airbags to assist in passenger protection in the event of a collision, and ABS to ensure greater control in an emergency by preventing the wheels from locking during braking.

Key Specifications

  Van Pickup
Length/Width/Height 4,810 mm*/1,870 mm/1,920 mm 5,270 mm*/1,770 mm/1,950 mm
Wheelbase 2,700 mm 3,180 mm
Engine Model 1GR-FE
Displacement 3,955 cc
Maximum output 170 kW [231 PS] / 5,200 rpm
Maximum torque 360 N-m [36.7 kgf-m] / 3,800 rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual
(Under JC08
test cycle)
6.6 km/L
*Length 40mm longer with electric winch equipped



Partially Redesigned Land Cruiser 200 Debuts Toyota’s Latest Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Launched today in Japan (Aug. 17, 2015 ), the partially redesigned Land Cruiser 200 is the first model to bring Toyota’s flagship active safety package, Toyota Safety Sense P, to the market. The model also debuts several cutting-edge driver assistance features, as well as a number of aesthetic updates aiming to reinforce its powerful and advanced image. Toyota is aiming for monthly sales in Japan of 250 units.

Safety and driver assistance

The Toyota Safety Sense P active safety package comes standard on all grades. Toyota Safety Sense P is a higher-spec version of the Toyota Safety Sense C package, which debuted earlier this year on the Corolla in Japan. As the standard-bearer for the Land Cruiser nameplate, Toyota considered the Land Cruiser 200 to be the perfect model to showcase this advanced new safety package. Toyota Safety Sense P includes the following functions:

Pre-collision System with pedestrian detection This system uses millimeter-wave radar and a single-lens camera to detect pedestrians in addition to vehicles. To help prevent or mitigate collisions, the system activates an audio and visual alert in addition to brake assist, followed by automated braking if the driver does not brake in time. Automated braking operates at relative speeds of between approximately 10 to 80 km/h for reducing potential damage or collisions with pedestrians and can reduce speed by approximately 30 km/h. For potential collisions with or damage from other vehicles, the enhanced PCS system included with the Toyota Safety Sense P package operates at relative speeds of between approximately 10 km/h and the vehicle’s top speed, reducing speed by approximately 40 km/h.

Radar Cruise Control (with brake control) On highways, Radar Cruise Control uses millimeter-wave radar to detect preceding vehicles and determine their speed. It then adjusts vehicle speed (within a set range) to ensure that there is a safe distance between vehicles. By using a forward-facing camera and millimeter-wave radar to monitor vehicles merging into or out of the lane, Radar Cruise Control helps maintain smooth acceleration and deceleration while driving.

Lane Departure Alert (LDA) LDA uses a camera to detect white and yellow lane markings. If the vehicle starts to deviate from the lane, LDA alerts the driver with an audio and visual alert.

Automatic High Beam (AHB) AHB helps ensure excellent forward visibility during nighttime driving. It uses a camera to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the tail lights of vehicles ahead, and then automatically switches between high beams and low beams so as not to dazzle other drivers.

Among additional safety and driver assistance features, a panoramic multi-terrain monitor helps assess safety conditions all around the vehicle. Furthermore, it is now possible to check the positioning of tires and safety conditions under the vehicle, thanks to the world’s first1 use of an under floor view. The shape of the road surface ahead of the vehicle and the inclination of the vehicle can be checked intuitively via a front view rotating display―another world-first feature1.

All models feature a Blind Spot Monitor, which uses radar to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes and helps with rear view assessment when changing lanes. Additionally, a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system warns the driver when the Blind Spot Monitor detects a nearby vehicle when backing out of parking lots. Finally, hazard lights automatically flash during sudden braking as a signal to warn vehicles in the rear.

The Tire Pressure Warning System on the Multi-Information Display monitors the air pressure of each tire individually, assisting with safe driving and contributing to increased fuel efficiency.



Aspiring to a style worthy of the cream of the 4WD crop, the working theme behind the redesign of the Land Cruiser 200 was “functional beauty.”

A refined, flowing design, marked by elevated horizontal character lines, extends throughout the vehicle. By hollowing out the hood center section while maintaining a convex shape from hood to grill, the entire front section strikes a muscular, imposing stance. This is further accentuated by a new three-bar grill, the metallic garnish of which extends horizontally across the LED headlights.

Similarly, the rear license garnish extends across the rear combination lamps, which themselves stretch across the rear door panel to the edge of the vehicle. Overall, the rear profile projects a sense of unity, width and stability.

With the addition of Copper Brown Mica and Dark Blue Mica, a total of nine exterior colors are available.



To improve functionality, switches and displays have been gathered and grouped by function in the center cluster. Six LED-backlit meters convey the status of the vehicle at a single glance. Hairline decorations also adorn the meter board which, along with improved textures, now features a 4.2-inch TFT color LCD screen.

The ceiling is now available in black, and the interior now has four colors available to choose from―including a new brown color. The seat covers use genuine semi aniline leather.

Going forward, Toyota will launch the redesigned Land Cruiser 200 outside Japan, although options, features, and specifications may vary.

    Seating Engine Driveline Transmission  
(4.6 liter)
4WD 6 Super ECT  
AX 8  
  G Selection  


Mazda CX-3 Goes on Sale in Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has launched the all-new Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV in Japan. The model goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Autozam dealerships nationwide with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price ranging from 2,376,000 yen to 3,024,000 yen (tax included). The company expects to sell 3,000 units per month in Japan.


The all-new CX-3 is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles featuring the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY*1 and KODO-Soul of Motion design. It combines a high-quality, stylish design; dimensions and clever packaging that make it easy to use in any situation; and performance that makes driving genuinely fun.


In Japan, the all-new CX-3 is equipped exclusively with the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine. This combines outstanding fuel economy (25 km/L under Japan’s JC08 test mode*2) with exciting driving performance thanks to impressive torque up to 270 N-m, surpassing that of a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. All model grades are available with either SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic or SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, and Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel drive system, i-ACTIV AWD. All model grades are exempt from vehicle weight tax and acquisition tax, regardless of drive-type or transmission. In addition, under the government’s clean energy vehicle promotion subsidy program, the model is eligible for a maximum subsidy of 160,000 yen (XD Touring L package 2WD, 2,808,000 yen including tax).*3


For the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, Mazda has developed the Natural Sound Smoother*4 which reduces combustion noise known as “diesel knock sound”. The all-new CX-3 is the first vehicle in the world to adopt this technology which both refines the engine sound and makes the vehicle quieter when running.


Responding to the diversifying needs of customers with both driving pleasure and outstanding safety and environmental performance, the all-new CX-3 incorporates the Mazda Connect*5 car connectivity system and i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies.*6


“Our aim for the development of the CX-3 was to create the standard for a new era,” said Michio Tomiyama, program manager for the all-new CX-3. “Rather than focusing on spec sheet values, we went back to the drawing board and asked ourselves what are the essential values people seek in a car, and created this new model with a combination of Mazda’s latest technology and design. The CX-3 works in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors, and it will enable customers to express their unique individuality, unencumbered by other people’s sense of values. I am certain that this car will exceed customers’ expectations and add stimulation to their active lifestyle for many years to come.”


Features of all-new Mazda CX-3

Pursuing beauty and a radical design with the latest iteration of KODO

Out-of-the-ordinary vehicle engineering, unfettered by preconceived notions, results in a most stylish expression of Mazda’s KODO design language.

Exterior design

  • Solid-looking body sides that contrast with the flowing expression of the cabin and short overhangs create proportions that give the car an undeniable presence.
  • Line-up of eight exterior body colors includes the newly-developed Ceramic Metallic which changes appearance depending on the light, expressing a finely honed metallic feel and a strong sense of hardness. Soul Red Premium Metallic, the representative color of the KODO-Soul of Motion design theme, is also available.

Interior design

  • A driver-oriented cockpit and door trim that provides a comforting sense of snugness realize an edgy and high-quality interior space. Meticulous attention was paid to every detail.
  • A new dark red with a hint of blue was developed as an accent color. This is applied to features such as the door armrests, knee pads, stitching, seat piping and bezel surrounding the air conditioning louvers, helping to express the different character of each model grade.*7

Packaging designed for driving enjoyment and true ease of use

While the latest iteration of KODO design realizes stylish proportions, the packaging focuses on the essentials, aiming to create the standard for a new era, free from established notions.

Seating position

  • The seating position was optimized in consideration of a variety of factors, including a good view of the road, a feeling of security and ease of entry and exit, resulting in a “sweet spot” that offers customers the maximum overall value. Despite a relatively tall vehicle height, people of all body types can get into and out of the all-new CX-3 easily and without stressing the body.
  • Occupants in the rear seats sit higher and closer to the center than those in the front, allowing them to enjoy a clear and open view of the road ahead. This layout also makes it easy for passengers sitting diagonally opposite each other to hold a conversation.

Ideal driving position

  • A great deal of effort went into achieving an ideal driving position with an ideal pedal layout, an adjustable steering wheel that allows the driver to adjust the position for easy operation and a well-fitted seat incorporating vibration-absorbing urethane. In addition, the relatively tall seating position allows good visibility of the road and surroundings.

Vehicle body size

  • An overall length of 4,275 mm and a 2,570 mm wheelbase realize unconstrained proportions and sufficient interior comfort. The all-new CX-3 also features a powerful stance and feeling of stability thanks to its 1,765 mm width and the positioning of the wheels at the extreme corners of the vehicle, resulting in front and rear tracks of 1,525 mm and 1,520 mm respectively.
  • The vehicle height was set at 1,550 mm, making it possible to park in Japan’s automatic multi-story car parks. With consideration given to the urban environment in Japan, this makes the all-new CX-3 more convenient for daily use in the city and expands the scope of situations in which the model can be used.

Luggage compartment

  • With a passenger in every seat, the luggage compartment measures 1,000 mm wide and 780 mm long with a capacity of 350 liters (DIN, including sub-trunk). In addition, it includes a two-position cargo board that can be adjusted in height to match the load being carried.*8


Mazda’s new-generation HMI places top priority on driving safety

The Human Machine Interface (HMI) of the all-new CX-3 is designed based on the Heads-up Cockpit concept, which prioritizes safety above all else, aiming to help drivers concentrate on driving safely, even while dealing with larger amounts of information.

Mazda Connect car connectivity system

  • The all-new CX-3 features Mazda Connect, Mazda’s new-generation car connectivity system. This system enables drivers to safely control music sources, including internet radio as well as vehicle information such as the GPS navigation system, i-DM*9 and fuel monitor, while driving.


Outstanding dynamic performance provides Jinba-Ittai driving

Engineering and tuning thoroughly aligned with human senses realize Jinba-Ittai dynamic performance.

Excellent quietness

  • The all-new CX-3 features the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 made popular with the all-new Mazda2 (Mazda Demio in Japan). Development focused on enhancing the quietness of the engine by refining combustion characteristics in a way that mitigates engine noise and by optimizing the position of sound insulation through CAE analysis. The quietness of the engine is evident from the moment the car takes off.
  • The world’s first application of a “Natural Sound Smoother” suppresses “diesel knock sound”, particularly noticeable when starting from a standstill or when accelerating slowly, and enhances the quality of the engine sound.


World-class safety performance

With the aim of providing drivers with both pleasure and peace of mind, the all-new CX-3 features safety technologies developed in line with the Mazda Proactive Safety*10 philosophy of minimizing the risk of accidents by supporting the driver in accurately recognizing circumstances, making judgments and maneuvering the vehicle.

Safety performance

  • In terms of active safety features, which aim to support the driver’s awareness of risks and reduce damage and injury, the all-new CX-3 adopts a wide range of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies.*11 The driver’s recognition, judgment and operation of the vehicle are appropriately supported by safety equipment that utilizes a variety of sensing devices, in addition to the vehicle’s basic attributes, such as excellent visibility and dynamic performance that linearly responds to driver’s input.
  • Passive safety is based around the lightweight, high-rigidity SKYACTIV-BODY, with focus placed on pedestrian protection and occupant protection features such as seatbelts and airbag systems, in order to achieve outstanding passive safety.