Toyota Land Cruiser 200Toyota has dropped the big diesel-powered Land Cruiser V8 in the UK, seven years after it replaced the original Land Cruiser Amazon.

The 4.6-litre V8 oil-burner is being replaced by a “partially redesigned” Land Cruiser 200, of which Toyota has no plans to market in Western Europe.

It brings to an end a long run for the range-topping Toyota 4×4, leaving the firm with the similarly genteel-selling Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D range to continue its reputation for off-road impenetrability.

Do be aware, though, the Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser V8 are unrelated, despite their confusingly similar names.

Boasting a huge new grille and a suite of advanced active safety technology, the new Land Cruiser is certainly distinctive but, without a premium badge, of limited appeal in the UK and Europe.

Indeed, its appeal in its home Japanese market appears similarly limited – Toyota is forecasting monthly sales of just 250 units.