Al-Futtaim Toyota has launched the new generation of the Land Cruiser in the UAE. The redesigned Land Cruiser 300 Series is the successor to the 200 Series that debuted in 2007. The flagship model of the Land Cruiser series, has in every generation led the way in vehicle evolution while incorporating the latest technologies. The Land Cruiser 300 maintains all-time, best-ever off-road performance as well as setting a new benchmark in on-road performance.
The Land Cruiser 300 is lighter and more powerful – with an overall weight reduction of 200 kg which results in more fuel efficiency, better performance with 409 Horsepower, 650-newton meters of torque, and more responsive handling. The exterior design offers an overwhelming presence and strength through a new overall design language, while the interior is appointed with luxury and functionality that truly sets this generation apart from any other vehicle in its class.
The frontal design language of the exterior uses wide, powerful shapes running horizontally to create a distinctive and authoritative presence. The striking silhouette is defined by sharply contrasting lines, while the bonnet meets a completely vertical grille at a near 90-degree angle, which is matched by the roof and rear back door.
The instant appeal of the interior is reinforced by high sensory quality materials, achieved through meticulous attention to detail. The high-end treatments continue beyond the eye-level, extending across surfaces like the base of the cupholders and the mesh of the integrated door speakers. Customers will enjoy enhanced luggage carrying capacity, ease of use and practicality thanks to the implementation of new fold-flat third row seats. This enhances luggage capacity by 250mm while additional storage spaces beneath the deck board are ideal for a tool set and small items that need to be kept out of sight.
The Land Cruiser 300 maintains its reputation for best-in-class off-road capability, enhancing its ground covering performance with the introduction of multiple innovative technologies. In addition to its existing amazing technologies such as Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select and Turn Assist, depending on the grade the new Land Cruiser benefits from either a three Differential Lock system (front, central and rear) or Torque Sensing limited slip differential that is unique in the segment and provides enhanced off-road capabilities on rough terrain.
In addition, the new 3D-Multi Terrain Monitor (3D-MTM) assists the driver in determining the road conditions around the vehicle, a first for Toyota facilitating safer and more confident low-speed maneuvering. A new AUTO mode enhances the capabilities of Multi-Terrain Select by adjusting according to road conditions such as sand, rock, dirt, and mud.
When it comes to the on-road driving experience, Land Cruiser engineers have evolved all areas of this, adopting new systems and improvements to further enhance everyday dynamics, and driving pleasure. The Land Cruiser benefits from an all-new TNGA-F platform and innovative technologies to expand its on-road driving expertise. This includes handling stability and ride comfort – there’s almost no body twist, noise and vibration entering the cabin even when driving on uneven roads.
The all-new suspension setup features double-wishbone suspension at the front and a 4-link rigid suspension at the rear, delivering a higher level of on-road stability and off-road performance. The vehicle’s lightweight, high-strength structure ensures excellent reliability and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the vehicle is available with Adaptive Variable Suspension System (AVS), depending on the grade, which optimally controls the damping force based on driving conditions to ensure refined ride comfort. The all-new Land Cruiser also introduces the All-Wheel Drive Integrated Management (AIM) concept, which delivers integrated control of the vehicle’s drive force, AWD, suspension, braking, and steering systems according to driving conditions to enhance driving pleasure.
The new twin-turbocharged 3.5 Litre, V6 engine provides class-leading driving performance and greatly improved power, torque, and efficiency from a smaller displacement compared to the previous model with almost 50 more Horsepower and 120-newton meters more torque than the previous 5.7L V8 engine. This ensures the Land Cruiser is dynamic and responsive at all speeds, with a satisfying engine sound during acceleration. The new twin-turbocharged engine is paired with Toyota’s most advanced 10-speed Automatic Transmission, developed to enhance driving performance, fuel efficiency, and quietness.
Andy Barratt, Managing Director Al-Futtaim Lexus and Al-Futtaim Toyota said: “Speak to anyone in the UAE and you can be sure that they have a Land Cruiser story to tell. This is a vehicle which is truly embedded in the heritage and history of the UAE and thanks to the passion and loyalty of our much-valued customers, this model has gone from strength to strength. Now with groundbreaking enhancements to the platform and powertrain, an overwhelming exterior presence and an interior appointed with abundant luxury and functionality, we can’t wait for our customers to enjoy the all-new Land Cruiser.”
As with any other Toyota model, safety remains a top priority for the all-new Land Cruiser, which comes with an advanced safety system. This is complemented by Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an innovative safety technology package that includes a Pre-Collision System (PCS) that introduces new features including Emergency Steering Assist (ESA) and Intersection Turn Assistance to help prevent collisions with vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The package also includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with Full-Speed Range, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Adaptive High Beam System (AHS).
Available in nine distinctive exterior colors, the all-new Land Cruiser allows customers to express their individuality. These include three newly available colors; Precious White Pearl, with true pearl texture and high brightness; Dark Blue, a high-quality color that reflects urban styling; and Avant-garde Bronze, a rich bronze with a strong presence. Meanwhile, the interior is available in a choice of Neutral Beige, Black, or Dark Red. The vehicle also comes equipped with new 18-inch, or 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Land Cruiser 300 is available at all Al-Futtaim Toyota showrooms across the UAE now, starting at AED 229,900.
EVLAB Intros UAE’s First Electric Vehicle Marketplace App
EVLAB, the multi-brand electric vehicle start-up, has made adopting a sustainable lifestyle easier for drivers in the UAE with the launch of the EVLAB App, an all-in-one mobility app to rent, lease and host their EVs in the UAE with phase 2 to include buy and sell electric vehicles (EVs) available in the Middle East. EVLAB’s new one-stop marketplace app addresses a growing desire among consumers in the Middle East to make a switch to sustainable mobility solutions. Electric vehicle sales have seen rapid growth in the region, with an increase of 72 per cent during 2020 alone.
In line with the goals of COP28, EVLAB is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and fostering sustainable mobility in the Middle East, striving to play a pivotal role in catalyzing positive transformation. The new platform supports the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, which is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions and make the Emirates the first nation in the MENA region to do so. The app also complements other sustainability initiatives in the country, including the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030, which has resulted in the installation of more than 1,000 public charging stations across the UAE.
The EVLAB App allows eco-conscious drivers to browse a unique collection of electric vehicle brands available in the Middle East and take advantage of EVLAB’s expertise to understand the benefits of electric vehicles and make a seamless transition to sustainable transportation. Drivers can consider short-term rentals, leasing or hosting their electric vehicles through a seamless and hassle-free user journey.
The booking process is straightforward with easy navigation using the rent, lease, host and chat tabs on the homepage. Users can filter options based on brand preferences and features, such as performance and range, to save time and effort in finding an electric vehicle that suits their requirements and budget. All the listed cars and their hosts are vetted to guarantee authenticity and quality of service by the owners. In phase 2, electric vehicle owners can also conveniently sell their vehicles on the platform with guidance from EVLAB’s experts at every step of the way.
“With the accelerated pace of climate change, the adoption and transition to e-mobility is inevitable. At EVLAB, our ongoing goal is to consistently reduce emissions, and we are proud to say that we have successfully saved a cumulative total of 76,174 kilograms of CO2 to date and will further reduce with the EVLAB app. The all-in-one EVLAB App complements our EVLAB website with a broader range of functionality and services to make the eco-mobility journey easier for drivers in the region. The app allows users to rent, lease and host their electric vehicles seamlessly in a safe and trusted marketplace. As battery technology is rapidly evolving, the range of electric vehicles today will become obsolete in two to three years, so this model of renting and leasing becomes more attractive than buying. Consumers will have the additional ease of choosing their preferred electric vehicle based on their budget and lifestyle by selecting from a variety of options, including performance, acceleration, range, and charging times,” said Kevin Chalhoub, CEO and Founder of EVLAB.
Hyundai Launches the All-Electric IONIQ Range
Hyundai Motor Middle East and Africa Headquarters unveiled its sustainability and electric mobility plans at a media event held at the SEE Institute in the Sustainable City, Dubai. The event featured the debut of Hyundai’s electric car range under the IONIQ sub-brand, showcasing the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 models.
Bryan Park, Head of Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa Headquarters, emphasized Hyundai’s commitment to humanity’s progress through pioneering electric technologies. He stated, “Today, we are proud to launch our sustainable strategy and our confident direction towards electric mobility, aligning with the ambitious plans of Middle East countries for emissions-free transportation.”
Suliman AlZaben, Director of Hyundai UAE, expressed pride in Hyundai UAE’s role in the electric revolution, highlighting the company’s dedication to providing environmentally friendly, innovative, and efficient transportation.
The event included a hands-on experience for attendees, enabling them to drive the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 fully electric cars. The IONIQ 5, inspired by Hyundai’s ’45’ EV concept, boasts a unique exterior design, spacious interior, and sustainable features. Its 531-litre trunk space and eco-friendly materials, including recycled PET bottles, emphasize Hyundai’s commitment to sustainability.
The IONIQ 6 Electrified Streamliner, a new addition to the IONIQ lineup, was also introduced. With an estimated electric range of over 610 km, this model showcases Hyundai’s advanced technologies, personalized interior space, and fast charging capabilities.
IONIQ 6’s interior, leveraging the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), prioritizes comfort with Dual Color Ambient Lighting, Relaxation Comfort Seats, and a customizable driving experience through the EV Performance Tune-up system. The vehicle supports both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures, allowing for an 18-minute charge from 10% to 80% with a 350-kW charger.
Notably, IONIQ 6 is the first Hyundai model to feature Over-the-Air (OTA) Software Updates, allowing drivers to enhance controllers for electric devices, autonomous driving, and more, ensuring a safer and more convenient driving experience. The advanced driver assistance systems, including Highway Driving Assist 2 and Smart Cruise Control, prioritize safety on the road.
Inter Emirates Motors Intros Four Electric Vehicles (EVs) From MG Motor
Inter Emirates Motors has announced the introduction of four innovative electric vehicles (EVs) from MG Motor, marking a significant stride in bolstering sustainable mobility across the United Arab Emirates. The introduction of MG4, MG Marvel R, The New MG ZS EV, and MG HS PHEV to the UAE market brings forth a suite of vehicles that seamlessly blend performance, efficiency, and eco-friendly technology, catering to a diverse range of consumer preferences and driving needs.
The recently launched MG4 is a compact electric hatchback that is set to redefine sustainable mobility in the United Arab Emirates. The MG4 Electric is not just a vehicle; it’s a statement on wheels, offering a Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) design, ensuring optimal weight distribution and a nimble driving experience.
The MG4 is powered by an E-Motor that promises 180kW power and features 3-Level Energy Recovery, presenting a perfect amalgamation of performance and efficiency. With its sleek design, interactive ambient light with 64 colours, a 12-inch full virtual dashboard, and a 10-inch touchscreen, the MG4 is a testament to MG Motor’s commitment to providing technologically advanced vehicles without compromising on style or performance.
Mohamed Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Inter Emirates Motors, stated, “The introduction of the MG4 to the UAE market marks a significant milestone for both Inter Emirates Motors and MG Motor. This vehicle is not only a testament to the innovative spirit of MG Motor but also aligns seamlessly with the UAE’s vision for sustainable and technologically advanced mobility solutions. We are incredibly excited to offer our customers not just the MG4, but three more vehicles that perfectly blend performance, technology, and sustainability.”
The MG Marvel R Electric, a mid-sized SUV, is equipped with a large module cell pack solution, ensuring a longer range and employs hair-pin winding technology in its electric motors, guaranteeing an efficient and powerful driving experience. The MG ZS EV, a practical and well-equipped small electric family car, introduces a new long-range version, offering an impressive range at an affordable price, making electric driving accessible to a wider audience.
Lastly, the MG HS PHEV combines the best of both worlds with its plug-in hybrid technology, offering various interior colour options, ambient light, a driving mode selection with a Super Sport button, and sport synthetic leather seats, ensuring a comfortable and dynamic driving experience.
These models are pivotal in aligning with the UAE’s vision towards sustainability and reducing carbon footprints. With the UAE’s robust infrastructure for EVs and a growing emphasis on adopting green vehicles, these models from MG Motor represent not only a luxurious and technologically advanced driving option but also a step towards eco-friendly mobility.
Hisham ElSahn, General Manager of Inter Emirates Motors, added, “The addition of the MG Marvel R, MG ZS EV, and MG HS PHEV to our portfolio underscores our dedication to providing diverse and sustainable mobility solutions. These models are equipped with cutting-edge technology and provide efficient, yet powerful performance, ensuring that our customers in the UAE experience the future of driving, today.”
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