Toyota is aiming for a 5-star ANCAP safety rating for it’s rugged 70 Series Landcruiser single cab, when the 70 Series range receives a mid 2016 equipment upgrade.
All 70 Series variants – single and double cabs, wagon and troop carrier – will be equipped with vehicle stability control, brake assist and cruise control, however setting the single cab apart will be the addition of curtain-shield and driver’s knee airbags.
Driver and front-passenger airbags were made standard across the range in 2009 with anti-skid brakes added in 2012.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the updates represent a major breakthrough.
“It secures the future of the 70 Series for customers who require a vehicle with an unrivalled reputation for class-leading mechanical reliability and serious towing, load carrying and off-road performance,” he said.
“We have worked closely with employers in mining, agriculture, construction, communications support and recreation to develop these improvements.
The 70 Series range will continue to offer it’s old-school attributes, including a separate box-section chassis, simple part-time 4WD system with two-speed transfer, lockable hubs, low-range gearing, long-range fuel tanks and excellent ground clearance.
The current 4.5-litre V8 turbo-diesel engine will continue as the only engine option. It develops 151kW of power at 3400rpm and peak torque of 430Nm from 1200rpm to 3200rpm.
The only transmission option continues to be a five-speed manual.