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Tougher Land Cruiser 70 Series packs a punch

The Land Cruiser 70 Series arrives fully loaded for 2017 with revisions to the line-up and sizeable expansions in safety equipment with single cab models achieving the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

The tried and tested exterior remains relatively consistent with only slight remodelling seen in the bonnet which adopts a higher, more pronounced budge providing more clearance above the engine and intercooler.

As the first significant round of changes the Land Cruiser 70 Series has seen in two years, the 2017 model cements its practical proposition meeting EURO 5 emission regulations with the introduction of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and adopts Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Brake Assist (BA) and reversing camera across the five variant line-up.

“The re-engineering of the Land Cruiser 70 series enables us to continue to offer this iconic model to customers who require a vehicle that can handle New Zealand’s challenging environment,” said Spencer Morris, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product.

“This unapologetically rugged vehicle has an unrivalled reputation for class-leading mechanical reliability and serious towing, load carrying and off-road performance.”

Starting from $75,780, the Land Cruiser 70 Series has both single and double cab variants available in LT and LX grades. The Troop Carrier now adopts the Wagon name and is available as an LT grade; it is the ultimate blank canvas with two seats and van-like cargo space.

Land Cruiser 70 Series continues with a 151kW, 430Nm 4.5-litre V8 turbo diesel engine but features improvements in performance and efficiency due to the new piezo injectors.  Combined CO2 emissions are down to 281g/km alongside combined fuel consumption reductions resulting in an 8-10 percent decrease from the outgoing model.

Single cab models enjoy a 44 percent increase in fuel capacity from 90 to 130 litres, making trips to even the remotest back country a small feat, while the LT Wagon continues with two 90 litre fuel tanks.

Inside the iconic Land Cruiser 70 Series, a suite of technology makes it equally compatible in the digital age with cruise control as standard, a 6.1” display audio unit with Bluetooth connectivity, CD player and USB port. The display also performs as a monitor for the reversing camera.

Single cab variants receive additional enhancements to improve the structural integrity of the cabin and a chassis that is larger and stiffer. Side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag, adjustable seat belt anchors with pre-tensioners and an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) complete the single cab’s safety feature overhaul for 2017.

Further improvements across the range include Dual Automatic Locking Hubs (D-ALH) in place of manual hubs, the previous High Country Pack option with front & rear diff locks has become standard, the split rim steel wheel design has been replaced by a single piece design and taller 2nd and 5th gears contribute to a smoother, quieter ride and improved fuel economy.

The sweeping engineering and manufacturing advances for the Land Cruiser 70 Series, particularly the single cab variants which receive the most widespread updates, have resulted in modest price rises to reflect the value of the safety features offered to the New Zealand market.

The 2017 Land Cruiser 70 is priced at:

Land Cruiser 70 LT Single Cab              $75,780
Land Cruiser 70 LT Double Cab            $79,380

Land Cruiser 70 LX Single Cab              $81,980                            
Land Cruiser 70 LX Double Cab            $85,580

Land Cruiser 70 LT Wagon                     $84,980