The evergreen Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is set to be treated to yet another overhaul, this time developed in part by Toyota Australia’s engineering team.
The updates, making it stronger and safer than before, confirm an announcement made by Toyota last year regarding the planned changes. Down below is a new stiffer frame with thicker side-rails designed to reduce vibrations and improve stability.
Safety features will be boosted with hill-start assist, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and cruise control becoming standard equipment across all variants of the 70 Series range.
Single cab-chassis models will adopt a driver’s knee airbag and curtain airbags to compliment the existing driver and passenger front airbags in a move designed to result in a 5-Star ANCAP safety score.
This will ensure the 70 Series can continue to be sold to mining, industrial, and fleet companies who stipulate 5-Star vehicle safety to meet their occupational health and safety obligations.
“The upgraded 70 Series LandCruiser range builds on this iconic vehicle's fit-for-purpose appeal with improvements that reinforce its heavy-duty abilities, durability and unapologetically rugged character,” Tony Cramb, Toyota’s head of sales and marketing said.
"At the same time, it receives important safety and emissions updates that are required by many customers - as well as regulators - to enable Toyota to continue selling the 70 Series in the Australian market."
Under the bonnet, the 70 Series range will continue to offer the same 4.5 litre single-turbo V8 diesel engine as before, with changes made to bring the engine up to Euro 5 emissions compliance.
Better low engine-speed response will come via the fitment of piezo injectors, while the manual transmission will have its gearing revised to improve fuel economy and reduce noise and vibration.
Local engineers who worked on the project have carried out more than 100,000km of development testing, with more than 70 percent of testing dedicated to off-road conditions on cattle properties, corrugated dirt roads and the like.
Although exact launch timing is yet to be confirmed, Toyota Australia is prepring for a fourth quarter of 2016 arrival for the updated 70 Series range.
Note: Current LandCruiser 70 Series shown
UPDATE - Toyota had previously advised that trailer sway control would be part of the LandCruiser's updated safety technology, but has since issued a correction. The updated LandCruiser will not offer trailer sway control and the article has been ammended to reflect this.
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