Toyota’s gutsy 70 Series LandCruiser range comes standard with bucketloads of offroad cred, and following the news that Toyota’s Australian engineers have subjected the upcoming 70 Series upgrade to more than 100,000km of testing in some of the harshest conditions around the country, the range’s tough rep is only set to grow.
Around 70 percent of the testing was conducted in offroad conditions, covering everything from corrugated dirt roads to rugged cattle properties with severe washouts.
The rigorous testing regime, which focused on the popular single cab ute, has confirmed the new vehicle will be even stronger due to the adoption of a stiffer new frame with thicker side rails, reducing vibration and improving handling.
The engineering team have tuned new safety features including stability and traction control for optimum performance on dirt roads, country highways and rural properties.
All the 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.
The single cab is expected to attract the maximum five-star safety rating with five airbags, including curtain-shield airbags and a driver’s knee airbag in addition to the existing driver and front-passenger airbags.