The Land Cruiser 70 Series, despite retaining its 32-year-old design, is still for sale in some markets and Toyota has just updated it.
The single cab chassis has been re-engineered allowing it to gain a five-star ANCAP safety rating. The Japanese car manufacturer has also fitted the model with a larger and stiffer frame, additional airbags, 12 thicker body panels, new front seats and a host of safety improvements.
The new electronic safety package includes stability control (VSC), active traction control (A-TRC), hill-start assist control (HAC), brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.
The torquey 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 was also revamped and it now features piezo-electric injectors and a diesel particulate filter, reducing fuel consumption by 10.1 percent. It also develops 150kW and 430Nm of torque, all while returning 10.7 litres/100km.
“These extensive engineering and specification updates guarantee the future for the LandCruiser 70 Series and its unrivaled combination of reliability, towing, payload and off-road ability,” Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing, said.
Sadly, this particular 70 Series is available only in Australia, with prices starting at $62 490 (R652 856) for the single cab variant.