Toyota is set to upgrade its iconic workhorse four-wheel-drive LandCruiser 70 Series, with improvements to safety technology and an increase in gross vehicle mass, offering greater payload.
Due to arrive in November 2022, the upgraded pickup and wagon range benefits from the addition of a pre-collision safety system incorporating autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection.
This builds upon the already extensive safety technology that includes anti-lock braking, traction control, vehicle stability control and hill-start assist.
Design refinements have enabled Toyota to increase the GVM to more than 3500kg, supporting useful increases in payload and taking the range from the light to the medium goods category.
It is powered by a strong 151kW/430Nm 4.5-litre V8 turbo diesel, driving all four wheels through a dual-range transfer case.
LandCruiser 70 stands out from the pack with its bold front fenders and a big front bumper that ties in nicely with the grille design and headlamps and now it has all the muscle and tech to tackle uncharted territory.
Toyota Australia vice president sales marketing and franchise operations Sean Hanley said Toyota was committed to providing LandCruiser 70 Series customers with greater flexibility and peace of mind.
“The upcoming changes are designed to ensure that the legendary LandCruiser 70 Series will continue to be available for the foreseeable future in the Australian market, where its popularity resulted in more than 13,900 sales last year,” Mr Hanley said.
“The increase in GVM is sure to appeal to owners who use the vehicle as a tool of trade or are seeking an even greater ability as a heavy duty recreational off roader.
“Combined with heavy-duty suspension and 3500kg towing capacity, these upgrades will enhance the versatility and rugged reputation for this legendary vehicle.”
Further details will be confirmed closer to the launch.