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100 series

Toyota LandCruiser 100 Series.

new trim

2001 September: New Toyota alloy wheels for the LandCruiser 100 series turbo diesel models.

anniversary ltd ed

2001 June: A limited edition (1000) 100-Series 4WD wagon GXL to mark the 50th anniversary of the Toyota LandCruiser. . Features include dual airbags, limited slip rear differential, and ABS brakes.

prize winner

2001 March: Toyota LandCruiser 100 Series GXL turbo-diesel (right) won Bushdriver Magazine's 4WD wagon of the year 2000 award.

The 4.2 litre dohc engine produces 151 and 430, up from 125 and 380 in the 80 series. The GXL now comes with independent front suspension only, to the regret of many.

4-2 td

2000 October: The 4.2 litre turbo-diesel option returns to the LandCruiser range, here in a GXV (right), just in time as petrol prices hit  au1.0/litre. All turbo-diesels have independent front suspension. Such an engine was available in the 80 series but the 100 came out with straight-6 and V8 petrol engines and the naturally aspirated diesel only. The petrol V8 is now restricted to the LX470.



2000 January: The top of the line 100-series Toyota Landcruiser GXV gets vehicle swerve control GXV, T0yota (c)(VSC), 4WD traction control (TRC), and brake assist ABS with electronic force brake distribution (EBD), matching electonic safety features with the Mercedes M-Class and Range Rover

Toyota LandCruiser 100-Series 1998...

Manufacturer's specifications V 8
  • station wagon, 5+3seats, 4 doors, front outer seatbelt pretensioners, ABS brakes available
  • loa: 4890mm, width: 1940mm, height: 1920mm (1915mm GXL, 1890mm GXV) track: 1605mm/1600mm (standard, RV), 1620mm/1615mm (GXL, GXV), grnd clearance: 230mm (standard, RV), 2210mm (GXL), 220mm (GXV)
  • approach: 31-36, departure: 24-27, ramp break over: 155-151
  • weight: 2230kg-2405kg (unladen), GVM: 3180kg-3260kg, towing: 750kg (unbraked) to 3500kg (braked, regulations permitting)
  • V8 petrol (GXV model to 2000), restricted to the Lexus LX470 from late 2000
    • 2UZ-FE, 4664cc, petrol, V8, mpfi, 4-valves/cyl, dohc
    • bore: 94.0mm, stroke: 84.0mm, c.r.: 9.6:1
    • NB. 100,000km life iridium/platinum tipped spark-plugs
  • 6-cyl petrol (standard, RV and GXL models):
    • 1FZ-FE, 4477cc, petrol, 6-cyl, mpfi, 4-valves/cyl, dohc
    • bore: 100.0mm, stroke: 95.0mm, c.r.: 9.0:1
  • 6-cyl diesel (standard, RV and GXL models):
    • 1HZ, 4146cc, diesel, 6-cyl, 2-valves/cyl, sohc
    • bore: 94.0mm, stroke: 100.0mm, c.r.: 22.4:1
  • 6-cyl turbo-charged diesel GXL and GXV (introduced 10/2000)
    • 4146cc, diesel, turbo-charged, intercooled, 6-cyl, 4-valves/cyl, sohc
    • bore: 94mm, stroke: 100mm, c.r.: 18.8:1
  • transmissions:
    • A442F 4-auto (V8 and 6-petrol): (2.95:1, 1.53:1, 1.0:1, 0.765:1, rev 2.678:1), full-time 4WD transfer case (1.0:1 hi, 2.488:1 lo)
    • H151F 5-speed manual (6-petrol): (4.081:1, 2.294:1, 1.49:1, 1.0:1, 0.881:1, rev 4.313:1), full-time 4WD transfer case (1.0:1 hi, 2.488:1 lo)
    • R151F 5-speed manual (diesel): (4.313:1, 2.33:1, 1.436:1, 1.0:1, 0.838:1, rev 4.2:1), part-time 4WD (1.0:1 hi, 2.488:1 lo)
  • axle differentials: 4.3:1 (4.1:1 turbo-diesel), optional front and rear diff' locks on standard, RV and GXL, optional rear on GXV
  • suspension: V8 GXV independent front s' with double wishbones and torsion bars, or live-axle with coil springs, rear live-axle with 5 links and coil springs,
    brakes: disc/disc, ABS standard on GXL and GXV, optional on RV, handbrake acts on rear wheels (drum in disc)
  • tyres: 7.50R16 (standard), 235/85R16 (RV), 275/70R16 (GXL, GXV), fuel-tank: 145L=95+50, 141L=96+45 (GXV)
  • Grades of equipment:
    • Standard: 6-cyl petrol or diesel, 5-spd manual, part-time 4WD, 6 seats in 2 rows, rear "barn-doors", 7.50R16 tyres
    • RV: 6-cyl petrol or diesel, 5m/4a, full-time 4WD, 3rd row of seats, central locking, power mirrors, 4-speaker stereo, Dunlop Road-Gripper 235/85R16 tyres, dual airbag option, ABS option
    • GXL: 6-cyl petrol or diesel, 5m/4a, full-time 4WD, dual airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, ABS brakes, side-steps, remote control locking, cruise control (petrol), CD player, power windows
    • GXV: V8 petrol, 5-spd auto', full-time 4WD, independent front suspension, rack and pinion steering (power assisted), climate control, 6-stack CD player, velour trim, row-2 centre arm-rest and adjustable height seatbelts, special exterior trim