Toyota has launched the new Land Cruiser which happens to be the 8th generation model that is currently available in different Toyota markets worldwide.
The Managing Director of Toyota Kirloskar Motors, Mr. H. Nakagawa introduced the new car for the Indian market on Tuesday.
The new Toyota Land Cruiser SUV is powered by a large 4.5-litre V8 engine that generates a massive 282 bhp of power and 650 Nm of peak torque. The power is only great for off-roading but also for urban cruising. The SUV can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.2 seconds. It comes fitted with a host of interior luxuries for comfort and convenience.
The car will be pitched against the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M Class, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and BMW X5 which currently form the luxury SUV segment.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch ceremony, Mr. Nakagawa said that the Indian subsidiary is likely to start local production of the SUV at its second car plant by the end of 2010.
The new plant will have an annual production capacity of 10 Lakh units and is being constructed at a cost of $680 million, near the already existing plant on the outskirts of Bangalore City. The existing facility has a capacity to manufacture 60,000 units per year.
Mr. Nakagawa said “We want to maintain what we did last year”. The company had a total sales record of 51,500 vehicles in India last year through sales of Toyota Innova, Camry, Corolla Altis, and Land Cruiser Prado which are the models it currently sells here.