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.

2. Sus­pen­sion

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.

5. Trans­mis­sion

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.

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