2017 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series 101
1. Five Star Safety
Land Cruiser 70’s safety upgrades include Vehicle Stability Control ( VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Hill-start Assist Control ( HAC) and a reversing camera across the range.
Single Cab models have achieved a maximum five-Star ANCAP safety rating and gain five airbags; driver’s knee and front curtain shield in addition to the existing driver and front passenger airbags.
Front seats in the single cab models are newly designed with new frames and mounting points to enhance the safety, comfort and ergonomics. They also receive adjustable front seatbelts anchors with pre-tensioners and a passenger seatbelt warning light and buzzer.
To complement the updates to the chassis in the single cabs, the springs and shock absorbers have been retuned to make for a smoother ride on the road and less bumping around in the cabin off-road.
Included in these changes is the addition of buffers (anti-friction pads to you and I) between the leaves of the rear springs. These are designed to reduce noise levels and improve ride comfort and like the rest of the suspension components have seen more than 100,000km of testing in Australia before being signed off as part of the 2017 upgrade.
3. Wheels and Tyres
Though the 16-inch alloy wheel remains unchanged on the LX, the latest Land Cruiser 70 LT variants have had their steel wheels changed from a split rim type to a single piece design. The width has also increased from 5.5 inches to 6 inches and a new tubeless tyre has been fitted.
4. Engine and Diesel Particulate Filter
Thanks to more efficient piezoelectric type fuel injectors, buyers are going to experience increased responsiveness, reduced injector operating noise at idle, lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption when behind the wheel of a new ’ 70. Piezoelectric technology is used to open and close the fuel injectors at extremely high speeds with a high level of precision. They provide improved injection accuracy and better fuel atomisation enabling a very precise amount of fuel to be injected into the engine.
Diesel Particulate Filter: Designed to reduce emissions by removing diesel particulate matter ( or soot) from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine, this little beauty brings the new Land Cruiser 70 into line with EURO 5 standards.
The previous manual transmission is retained with revised gearing designed to improve fuel economy and reduce noise, vibration and harshness.
6. Dual Automatic Locking Hubs (D-ALH)
The other big change for those well-used to earlier 70 series models is the move to Dual Automatic Locking Hubs. Previously the hubs were manual meaning if you had them in the ‘ free’ position and wanted to use 4WD, you had to stop, climb out, engage the hubs, and then get back to business. You could have kept them in the ‘locked’ position, but at the expense of
wear and tear, noise and fuel economy. The new auto hubs offer the best of both worlds; the hubs can engage or disengage automatically when shifting between H2 and H4 or L4.
( When the hubs are in the auto position the vehicle needs to be stopped before H4 is selected. The hubs will engage automatically once the vehicle is put in motion and L4 can then be selected, if required, at speeds of less than eight km/ h. ( When switching from L4 or H4 to H2 the vehicle needs to be turned in each direction to free the hubs).
7. Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
Hill start Assist Control (HAC) is a driver aid designed to make it safer and easier to pull away from a standing start when starting on a slope. It is particularly helpful on lowtraction surfaces and when driving off road because it prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards by applying the brakes for a short time after the brake pedal is released. The driver can then move their foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal without being concerned that the vehicle will roll back.
8. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)/Active Traction Control (A-TRAC)
Vehicle Stability Control ( VSC) compares the vehicle’s direction of travel with the driver’s steering, acceleration and braking inputs. If the vehicle is deviating from the intended direction, VSC is designed to warn the driver, reduce engine power and control the brakes to help the driver to correct the situation.
In off-road conditions, Active Traction Control ( A-TRC) uses sensors at all four wheels to monitor a loss of traction and if necessary, operates the Anti-lock brakes to reduce wheel spin and transfer drive to the wheel with the most traction. When you are well and truly off the beaten track, this function controls the engine output and the brake-fluid pressure that is applied to the slipping wheel, and distributes the drive force that would have been lost through slippage to the remaining wheels to achieve a Limited Slip Differential ( LSD) effect. As a result, A-TRC increases the vehicle’s off-road driveability and its ability to free itself from a difficult situation.
9. Accessories Range
All Land Cruiser 70 Series are available with the Toyota Genuine Accessories Range which includes a Forge bull bar (alloy), Breaker bull bar (steel), side rails, steel tray, tow bar and wiring harness, mirror extensions, headlight protectors (acrylic) and bonnet protectors (clear acrylic).
Winch packages have also been upgraded to the new Warn High Performance range. Both the steel and the alloy are winch compatible.
The heavy duty galvanised steel tray comes with a steel checker-plate deck and has been designed with an under tray spare wheel hanger for safety and deck space. The tray body structure has been fully-specced and tested to meet Toyota’s exacting standards for load, as well as surface and lateral shift; not to mention water and saltspray analysis for optimal, drainage and corrosion performance. The tow bar, meanwhile, has a removable tongue rated to a maximum braked load of 3500kg and unbraked load of 750kg.
Enlarged bonnet bulge only outward sign of upgrade.
70 Series a staple of rural life in New Zealand.
Spec levels cover LT base and up-spec (alloys etc) LX.
Two-seat, van-like Wagon replaces seated ‘ Troop Carrier’ model.
LX models get carpet on floor.
Reversing camera now standard.