2008 Toyota Land Cruiser climbs 12.4% in price

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click above image for high-res gallery of the 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser

The all-new 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser unveiled yesterday will arrive next month in U.S. dealerships with an all-new price tag that’s a hefty 12.4% more than the model it replaces. With a base price of $63,200, the ’08 Land Cruiser will ring in $6,985 more than the 2007 model. As we guessed yesterday, the U.S.-spec Land Cruiser will be sold with the Tundra’s 5.7L V8 producing 381 HP and 401 ft-lbs. of torque. Power will be divided by a six-speed automatic transmission and this decidedly full-size ute will be able to tow a max of 8,500 lbs., a full 2,000 more than last year’s model. That’s great, but is it worth an additional $7,000?

But wait, there’s more. The ’08 Cruiser also has a new suspension up front, a high-mount double-wishbone independent system with a trick Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that can disengage the stabilizer bars for more articulation. Unfortunately, the rear is still a live-axle, and thus the third row doesn’t fold flat, nor does it look very comfortable hovering mere inches off the floor. Both the second and third rows do swing out of the way to reveal a flat cargo floor, their presence even when folded up consumes a lot of useable space.

Toyota has released a full 75 high-res images of the 2008 Land Cruiser, which we’ve assembled for you in the gallery below. As the tipper pointed out to us, it’s interesting that Lexus hasn’t announced pricing for its version of this vehicle, the LX570, especially considering the sizable increase in the Toyota’s price. How much higher will the Lexus version go?

Thanks for the tip, Woody!

[Source: Toyota]

Gallery: 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser

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