Interesting.Toyota Press Release 11MAY2022
TOYOTA BOOSTS SAFETY, INCREASES PAYLOAD FOR ICONIC LANDCRUISER 70 SERIES
**Safety performance benefits from addition of autonomous emergency braking**
**Higher gross vehicle mass allows greater payload**
**Upgraded range due to go on sale in November 2022**
Toyota is set to upgrade its iconic workhorse 4WD LandCruiser 70 Series with improvements to safety technology and an increase in gross vehicle mass (GVM), offering greater payload.
Due to arrive in November of 2022, the upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series pickup and wagon range benefits from the addition of a pre-collision safety system incorporating autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection1.
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 3,500kg, supporting useful increases in payload2 and taking the range from the light to the medium goods category.
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 70 Series 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 3,500kg towing capacity, these upgrades will enhance the versatility and rugged reputation for this legendary vehicle," he said.
The LandCruiser 70 Series is powered by a strong 151kW/430Nm 4.5-litre V8 turbo diesel driving all four wheels through a dual-range transfer case.
Further details will be confirmed closer to the launch of the upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series.
This covers the 76 Wagon, 79 Single and 79 Dual cabs, but not the 78 Troopy, from my reading. Or is the Troopy a 'Wagon'? I would be surprised if they chose to differ the production line.
AEB is definitely nice to have, but one should not really be relying on it...but we are all humans and can make mistakes.
As previously noted in other chats and news, it looks like the increase in GVM is to bypass the need to modify the side intrusion ADR standards.
I think the 79 Single cab has all the 'safety package' to meet the main mining ANCAP requirements. I wonder how Toyota will do it? More leafs in the rear and stiffer coils in the front? I wonder if they would need to do more bracing? Minimum engineering and cost would be the target.
There were some rumours and chat about the engine being changed, but this was never really on the cards. Too much re-engineering for a vehicle that Toyota is just stretching the life out of the investment. Smart commercial decision really.
I'd still be happy to have either...but prefer the one that gets to me faster! Crazy times that result with me buying a vehicle that I have never driven. My bum is busting for that seat