Tough just got tougher

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Bush & Beach - CRAIG DUFF

SAFETY is now stan­dard but com­fort re­mains an op­tion in Toy­ota’s re­vised LandCruise­r 70 Se­ries.

All vari­ants now have sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol with hill start as­sist. The vol­ume-sell­ing sin­gle-cab ver­sions also pick up five airbags and a re­vised chas­sis to achieve a five-star ANCAP score.

Air­con­di­tion­ing, though, re­mains a $1761 op­tion (fit­ted) de­spite what Toy­ota ad­mits is a nearly 100 per cent take-up rate.

The up­dates will ex­tend the 30-year life­span of the LC 70 by an­other few years by bring­ing the work­horse up to Euro 5 emis­sions stan­dards and com­ply­ing with the Australian De­sign Rule re­quire­ment for sta­bil­ity con­trol.

The sin­gle-cab’s top ANCAP rat­ing also puts it back on the fleet list for com­pa­nies whose oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety poli­cies re­quire a demon­stra­bly safe ve­hi­cle.

Prices have risen $3000 on the dou­ble-cab, wagon and troop car­rier ver­sions and are up $5500 on the sin­gle-cab. The base spec Work­mate wagon is the cheap­est 70 Se­ries at $60,990; the top-spec GXL dou­ble-cab chas­sis heads the range at $68,990.

Cruise con­trol is stan­dard across the range, there’s a fuse box with 10 slots for ac­ces­sories, the rims are now one-piece in place of the split rims on the previous ver­sion (which were beloved by bushies but didn’t cut it on a cor­po­rate ve­hi­cle) and they’re now six inches wide and shod with tube­less tyres.

Piezo in­jec­tors for the V8 turbo diesel have im­proved com­bus­tion by spray­ing more uni­form diesel par­ti­cles into the com­bus­tion cham­ber. Power is un­changed but fuel use is down

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