Whilst it still looks the same from the outside, under it’s tough exterior is where all the magic has been put to work. Toyota have added head-protecting side curtain airbags, drivers knee airbag, seat belt pre-tensioners and changes to the bonnet and seat designs – all of which have gone towards the ‘Cruiser now receiving a 5 star ANCAP safety rating, having scored 35.75 out of a maximum 37 points.
“Safety is a key consideration for everyday consumers and corporations with a significant proportion of businesses requiring minimum 5 star vehicle standards for not only their own fleets but also their contractors,” said James Goodwin, ANCAP CEO.
Considering the LandCruiser is most often spotted working in remote areas, such as Mine Sites and Farms, it a well overdue move from Toyota to make these changes.
“This competitive pressure has resulted in a two-star jump for the LandCruiser 70 and will have a tangible effect on the safety of worksites and more broadly, Australasia’s vehicle fleet,” Mr Goodwin said.
Whilst the Dual-Cab models remain largely untouched, it is only a matter of time until Toyota makes some big upgrades to them too. Should the single cab continue selling as well as it does, expect to see the other variants follow suit in the near future.
Other changes in the new 70 Series include a redesign in the gearing, as well as better economy from the 4.5L Turbo Diesel V8. Power output is unchanged.
The Prius, it’s also worth noting, received near full marks in its recent round of testing, scoring 36.22 out of a maximum 37 points.