Tough just got tougher
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