The new 2017 Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series will come packing some much-needed safety equipment fitted as standard, the company has confirmed, while also benefiting from extensive local testing.
The brand will finally add traction control, cruise control and stability control to its rugged workhorse as part of a running update due in the fourth quarter of the year, the 2017 Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series gets an upgrade to Euro 5 emissions compliance for its 4.5-litre V8 turbo-diesel engine.
The 70 Series dates back to 1984 in its most basic form in the Australian market, and was on the cusp of being dropped from the local line up 4 years ago after primary industry customers changed their buying policies to require a vehicles to meet a minimum safety standard of four stars.
In addition, the single-cab ute model will be equipped with a driver and passenger curtain as well as a driver’s knee airbag which, in combination with the existing driver and the passenger front bags, Toyota hopes will earn the single cab a five-star ANCAP rating.
The 70 Series range will be fitted with new injectors for better low-down engine response, and the manual transmission has been revised to improve fuel economy, and vibration, lower noise and harshness (NVH) levels.
A stiffer frame with thicker side rails will further enhance overall refinement, Toyota says, while also improving handling and stability.
While no pricing has been announced for the updated 70 Series Landcruiser, expect those details to be released closer to the model’s 4th quarter launch in just over a month’s time.