Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series-05

Going on strong for over three decades now, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series still remain viable vehicles today, and no more so than Down Under – Toyota Australia recently announced that the 70-series will be getting significant safety updates come middle of next year.

Updates include vehicle stability control, brake assist and cruise control, which will be added across the range to the LC79 (both single and double cab), the LC76 Wagon and the LC78 Troop Carrier.

The updates are designed to deliver the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating for the best-selling 70 Series single cab, which will also gain curtain-shield and driver’s knee airbags as part of the improvements. Driver and front-passenger airbags were made standard across the range in 2009, with ABS added in 2012.

Toyota Australia said that the brand worked closely with employees in the mining, agriculture, construction, communication support and recreation to bring about these developments, stating that the changes will secure the future of the 70-series, Toyota’s “heartland vehicle” in Australia.

Since 1985, Toyota has sold over 250,000 Land Cruiser 70 series in Australia. Throughout those years, the range has been extensively updated with turbodiesel engines, coil front springs and now even with Bluetooth connectivity. Today, the entire 4×4 range is equipped with a 1VD-FTV 4.5 litre V8 turbodiesel engine paired to a five-speed manual.