First Drive: 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser ZX Has Plush Carpets For Your Feet!

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The imported car dealers will never let you in one of these 22.5 million rupees (starting from) worth of luxury cocoons, let alone drive one. But we turned out lucky as one allowed us to experience the car that Toyota is ambitious to pit against Range Rover, G-Class, Cayenne and the upcoming SUVs from Bentley, Maserati, and Lamborghini. Though none of them packs the same heritage or skill as the Land Cruiser. But how long can the Land Cruiser live on its heritage when the world celebrates even the most obnoxious occasions on Facebook?

The first drive was a sudden experience, AutoMall Dealership on Main Shara-e-Faisal had just received Land Cruiser ZX (the top of the range one) and asked if we’d like a drive and we couldn’t be happier to oblige. On the day leading up to the test drive, I focused myself into reading about the vehicle since I already knew that somehow, Toyota had decided for the Land Cruiser to compete with those raised luxury mobiles we mentioned above, in addition to the premium Lexus LX570 (That is soon to come to Pakistan too!). And more importantly, I wouldn’t be able to test a lot of the goodies that makes the Land Cruiser great. However, these facts must be remembered:

1. Land Cruiser has had no recall since 1993.

2. All its parts are made on the concept of a 25 years service life; thus, it is expensive but durable. For example; the windshield is 2MM thicker than all standard Toyotas.

The Land Cruiser 2015 requires no introduction, but the market is dominated by the trends, and the trends dictate that if someone is paying so much, why won’t they buy Porsche Cayenne, the Range Rover or the Lexus LX570. The only thing that the Land Cruiser had against the new lot was the badge and thus, the Land Cruiser you see today has plush carpeting…..when I opened the door, the light colored plush carpet felt so nice that I wanted to sleep on it, I genuinely was afraid to step on the carpet in fear of putting dirt on it, and we all know how much pain it is to clean a carpet. What that meant was, either Toyota must’ve built a tank like off-roader so that it never gets stuck (so you don’t have to get out and back in, to make the plush light colored carpet dirty) or Land Cruiser don’t have the need to off road anymore.

Landcruiser & LX 570

When we talk about the market that dominates, it isn’t the small Arabian or even smaller Pakistani market that continues to go for it, the markets that dominate are actually North America and China. That are also the largest automotive markets in the world, and Toyota keeps two different experiences for its customers there; the Land Cruiser and the Lexus LX570 which is said to be better both on and off the road.

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That is due to one thing; air suspension called the ‘AHC’ (Active Height Control) that even the Land Cruiser now has. And that’s what the dealer was continuously saying to us that even the Land Cruiser has all the stuff that Range Rover had, there’s no difference left. Unable to demonstrate to us most of the feature of the crawl control, so we got to check out the 360 Top View. We know how these Land Cruisers would be used, and the most important thing is the Top 360 View. Man, whoever ends up driving these vehicles, will thank the Lord Almighty for the View 360 Top.

For those wondering on the capabilities of the Land Cruiser, play the video:

Drive:

We didn’t get to drive much, but I felt like the subject of envy for everyone on the road. Even though I felt a bit like taking too much space on a dining table when dining with everyone else, it felt easy to drive. In traffic, though, I could sense it would be confined to civilized driving inside a lane unless you’re packing a Vigo with guards behind you. The 360 Top view would be very handy if you want to cut between lanes but I wouldn’t, Land Cruiser is now a very good place to be.

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Comfort:

I had light colored plush carpet under my feet. Independent gigantic TV screens for the passengers in back, and yet, it felt like driving a massive Cadillac, there wasn’t any body-roll though, even when we floored it, we just got pressed into the back of our seats hard.

 

Engine:

I have been in fast cars, but its been a while since my last fast car ride and I wasn’t expecting that the newest experience of brute acceleration would come in a Land Cruiser even when the engine is the same petrol powered 4.6 Liter V8 that produces 304 HP.

This isn’t a review; this is just a short first drive that was offered to us by AutoMall, since we make it clear to dealers and manufacturers that reporting on a vehicle requires to study it for long. If you’re reading this to make a decision than frankly, we can’t offer much support there but the kind of driving that people do with the Land Cruiser now, can easily be done by Porsche Cayenne, or even Range Rover and yet, the Land Cruiser is a far more common sight here than either of those two. Its the Land Cruiser ‘badge’ that works here.

 

Baber K. Khan

An auto enthusiast trying to bring car media mainstream.

  • Ali

    What about its software failure while off-road drive , my friend is having one of those and he complained about this issue , had to pay 0.25 million to fix that

  • Tahir Usman

    The Best!

  • Guest

    Could you explain more?

    There can be various types of software failure. The common problem would be solved by rebooting the computer. And another could need a reflash or firmware update.

    In any case, software problem cannot need 0.25 million Pakistani rupees to solve. In this much money, he could have asked someone to develop an entirely new ECU, complete along with hardware and software.

  • Ibrahim Khan

    For the heavy duty off-roading as is the case with UN there are versions such as the GX version the GXR version etc that don’t have all the extended body kits and are bit down on the electronics. The australian GX version is a heavy-duty offroader only has auto-gears, power windows and a basic cd player. So yeah the LC regardless of which series never looses it’s true spirit.

  • Baber

    I think the electronics make the 200 great. Crawl control for example, it is one of the things that make it great. But Lexus has the same things but a few more added options.

  • Rahatullah Mallick

    Just a tip:
    After seeing the review of a certain Audi V10 by Regular Car Reviews, the point that stuck with me was to ignore the money when testing a car. Judge a car on what it was promised to be and what it is and what it makes the driver feel like. In Pakistan sadly, we let a lot of irrelevant-to-car factors sway us like its status in a society and I guess that is one reason why the cars here may be getting on in shape with the rest of the world but we rarely get cars that are fun to drive here. Why ? Because it doesn’t matter how a Grande grips because every one will still look at it like the last slice of pizza on the table. Image and money; we need to move past these

  • Rahatullah Mallick

    Isin’t a person interested solely in off-roading better off with the new 70 series

  • Nasir Ahmed

    22.5 million or 2.25 million ???
    22.5 million means 22 crore 50 lac!!!

  • shaf

    I am not sure of LX 570 but must have more features than a 470

    Using LX470, it an awesome off roader or long route ride.. Within city, its just too chunky -:)

    Although its a Gas Guzzler (i must say) but that part is knocked off with the comfort, ground clearance, and other on road features of the car i.e. Night Vision etc..

  • shaf

    Bhai Rupee value is at its lowest, 2.25million can only get u a Co Rolla not an SUV.

    You have done the mathematics wrong, one crore equals 10Mil so 22.5mil is 2 crore 50 lac..

  • Ibrahim Khan

    Your right if your solely interested with off-roading there is no comparison to 70 series, the reason it is so popular among enthusiasts and et al alike. But if your interested in luxury as well as the offroading than you can buy the GX, GXR version.

  • Ibrahim Khan

    If you ask any off-road enthusiast on PW, they all unanimously say “Lesser electronics you have on your 4wd the lesser the headache.” But then again you can’t admonish the technology. I doubt with such extended body kits you’l be taking your LC to terrains requring crawl control.

  • Baber

    That is a correct observation. Here, we never received the vehicle to test out fully for a review. We only got a couple of hours on the car so we wrote it as a story, and experience and no as a review. But we will keep that tip in mind when writing more.

  • Baber

    Incorrect, if you see Range Rover and Land Cruiser branding and advertisement, both are boasting off roading pedigree with a Rolls Royce like luxury.

    The GX and GXR version are just stripped down of all the luxury, the ZX comes with it.

  • Rahatullah Mallick

    I have seen some youtube channels where the channel team is contacted, more than often by private owners requesting to review their cars. The cars are reviewed without any positive bias because the owner is their. It would be nice if this trend kicks off in Pakistan.

  • Rahatullah Mallick

    I guess it would be a little harsh to compare a LC to a Range Rover in terms of luxury however in terms of off roading pedigree, its global sales speak for itself. The GX models would eventually be used by UNO for the most part and would be auctioned off later. Anybody who is willing to pay for a new GX might settle for a 2-3 year old ZX or AX

  • Baber

    We’re trying but those who have cars, have not opened to this concept. Not even the company, we often feel like we’re doing it for our fun, you can feel it in their eyes.

  • Rahatullah Mallick

    Longing for a day when we would be comfortable with another man’s opinion and realize that a difference of opinion is not an insult. Till such time, let these under powered XLI’s flood our roads

  • Zargham Khan

    1 million = 10 lakhs
    10 million= 1 Crore
    20 million = 2 Crore
    22 million = 2 Crore 20 lakhs

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