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2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Update On Sale Fourth Quarter

Toyota Australia has confirmed that its updated 2017 LandCruiser 70 Series will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.

The 2017 70 Series Cruiser will be a significant ‘under the skin’ upgrade, following more than 100,000kms of local testing, that according to Toyota took in “some of the harshest conditions around the country”.

Around 70 percent of the testing was undertaken off the bitumen and included corrugated dirt roads, and tough cattle property roads with severe washouts.

The testing, which focused on the best-selling single cab-chassis variant, has resulted in a stiffening of the chassis and thicker side rails, to reduce vibrations and improve the driving experience.

The Australian engineers have tuned new safety features including vehicle stability and traction control for optimum performance in areas where the vehicle is mostly used – dirt roads, rural properties and country highways.

All 70 Series variants – single and double cab-chassis, wagon and troop carrier – will be equipped with these safety features as well as hill-start assist control, trailer sway control, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution and cruise control.

2016 toyota landcruiser 70 series dual cab ute

Toyota is expecting the single cab to attract the maximum five-star safety rating thanks to its suite of five airbags, which now include curtain-shield airbags and a driver’s knee airbag in addition to the existing driver and front-passenger airbags.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the updates, due to arrive in the last quarter of 2016, have been made possible by a substantial commitment of engineering resources and investment by the company in Japan and in Australia.

“The upgraded 70 Series LandCruiser range builds on this iconic vehicle’s fit-for-purpose appeal with improvements that reinforce its heavy-duty abilities, durability and unapologetically rugged character,” Mr Cramb said.

“At the same time, it receives important safety and emissions updates that are required by many customers – as well as regulators – to enable Toyota to continue selling the 70 Series in the Australian market,” he said.

Under the bonnet will be the same 4.5-litre V8 turbo-diesel engine with common-rail direct injection and an intercooler, although it will meet Euro 5 emissions standards, which means the addition of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to the exhaust system.

The 2017 70 Series Cruiser will, like previous models, only be available with a manual transmission. although Toyota has revised the gearing with a view to improving fuel economy and lowering noise, vibration and harshness.

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