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Cruising on by

David Light (david@khaleejtimes.com) / 23 June 2012

The latest Toyota Land Cruiser will make you feel at home on the road or off it

THE WHOLE PURPOSE of embarking on a cruise onboard a yacht is to take in various locations in the lap of luxury.

Instead of wearily trekking across a continent, checking in and out of various hotels and attempting to catch a plethora of flights or trains, your accommodation is your transport as it leisurely navigates the waterways to take you to your destination with minimal fuss and maximum comfort.

While living in the new Toyota Land Cruiser would be possible (although not advisable), it is this lavish aspect to travel that it shares with its nautical counterpart. As large as a boat and with as many bells and whistles, the Land Cruiser can adapt itself to any automotive situation whilst keeping its passengers safe, stress-free and heading towards uncharted frontiers.

The car features several changes inspired by evolving customer demands and continues the legacy of being one of the most popular off-roading vehicles in the region.

It is at the front of the vehicle that the external styling changes on the new model are most evident. The front bumper has been redesigned with enlarged overhangs, creating a much thicker front bumper that expresses the Land Cruiser’s power. The radiator grill creates a much rounder surface. The wheels have also been redesigned, with larger 18-inch aluminium wheels.

Inside, the cabin focuses on heightening the level of quality in the look and feel of the interior and improving the ergonomics and functionality for the controls and switchgear. A new lighter interior colour has been introduced, matched with high-gloss wood grain trim elements and bright silver finish details. Extensive changes have been made to the dashboard layout to express a sense of security and enhanced visibility. The AC vent is also plated creating a more luxurious atmosphere. The steering wheel with a wood grain/leather combination is available and larger wheel switches have been adopted to enhance ease of use, along with a larger transmission shift knob, door handles and audio switches. Air conditioned seats have also been added.

The ability to tackle the toughest off-road conditions has always been fundamental to all Land Cruiser models and with this one Toyota has harnessed advanced technologies to extend the vehicle’s capabilities even further. Suffice to say, they all pay off. 

The raft of new handling features includes the newly introduced Turn Assist, which works in conjunction with the Crawl Control function, in addition to the five-mode Multi-terrain select (MTS) and Multi-terrain Monitor. The Turn Assist System enhances turning ability and minimises the driver’s effort in tight U-turns where K-turns are necessary, by applying the brake on the inside rear wheel. The monitor is used in conjunction to help drivers observe their surrounds through front, side and rear cameras.

The Multi-terrain Monitor consisting of four cameras (front; rear; right side; left side) captures peripheral images and displays them on the Electro Multi Vision (EMV) along with warning messages.

The suspension of the Land Cruiser has been revamped, with a new independent double wishbone type front suspension, and a new coil spring has been inserted to enhance riding comfort and the strength to withstand the most rigorous use.

The Cruiser is available in the UAE with the choice of a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual on an improved four-litre engine with 271hp in Dual VVT-i, and a six-speed automatic transmission coming with a newly developed 4.6-litre V8 Engine with 304hp in Dual VVT-I and can also come with a 5.7-litre V8 Engine.

Each of these features make this Land Cruiser the best incarnation yet. If you need a large 4x4 that can take you anywhere with a touch of class, check it out.


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An “Inspired Performance” is guaranteed at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June to 1 July) – the first year that Infiniti is acting as an Official Sponsor of the UK’s iconic motoring and motorsport celebration.

Goodwood, the world’s greatest celebration of car culture, brings together an impressive mix of cars, stars and motor sport ‘royalty’. Visitors will have the opportunity to see some of the world’s finest road and race cars on display and in action, with many of the automotive world’s biggest names, including Infiniti’s brand ambassador Sebastian Vettel, F1 double World Champion. Visitors will also witness the most exclusive crossover ever made, the FX Vettel Edition prototype, in action.

Also heading to Goodwood, an exciting new Bentley is set to makes its international debut at the Festival of Speed. Combining stunning performance with exquisite luxury, the new car appears both as part of the Supercar Run up the iconic Goodwood Hill and on the Bentley Motors stand. With a mix of contemporary and classic models, Bentley has its largest ever presence at the world-famous event.

The EXP 9 F SUV concept makes its UK premiere at the festival. EXP 9 F highlights the marque’s desire to build the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world, and the concept car combines a stunning interior at the pinnacle of craftsmanship and technology with a clean, muscular exterior. With a range of drivetrain options under consideration, any Bentley SUV would offer the thunderous performance for which the marque is renowned.

Supporting these debutants is the Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS) - a new driver-focussed edition of the Bentley flagship that reaffirms its sporting credentials. Featuring sports-tuned suspension and steering settings, unique 21-inch alloy wheels, and a Diamond Quilted interior, the MDS provides an even greater degree of driving enjoyment without compromising the Mulsanne’s comfort and refinement.

The new Continental GT V8 also appears both on the Bentley stand and on the Goodwood Hill. With an all-new 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, this remarkable Continental combines classic Bentley power and torque with an exceptional power-to-emissions ratio in the high luxury sports car sector.

The production version of the Nissan Juke Nismo recently made its global debut at the world’s most famous race, the Le Mans 24 hour alongside the pioneering Nissan DeltaWing and Juke-R. Previously revealed as a concept at the Tokyo and Geneva international Motor Shows, this is the first glimpse of Nismo’s legendary performance DNA, which will make the eagerly awaited transition from racetrack to road in early 2013.

Finding ways to keep cool during the summer months is always a challenge, but here’s one that should go down well with luxury car lovers in the UAE.

A classic bottle cooler available in Dubai exclusively from Porsche Centre Dubai, Al Nabooda Automobiles LLC, is made from an original ribbed cylinder found in early 911 models from the German manufacturer.

Designed by Porsche, it comes with an anodised aluminium base and a lasered company crest, and is a new addition to the Driver’s Selection product line.

With a specially reduced price valid in June only of Dhs1,825 from Dhs2,280, it provides constant and long-lasting coolness thanks to its double-walled construction. 

Arabian Automobiles Company has announced a new addition to its Infiniti sales offering with the launch of the Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned vehicle programme (ICPO). Vehicles covered under the programme will be the Infiniti G Sedan, G Coupe and G Convertible, Infiniti M, Infiniti EX, Infiniti FX and Infiniti QX 56.

This is the first Japanese certified pre-owned luxury sales offering in the UAE, and only Infiniti cars that meet a defined quality standard will be certified for pre-owned status. The vehicle must be less than five years old, with less than 80,000 kms on the odometer, have a clean title and pass a comprehensive 145-point inspection.

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