EVEN TOUGHER: Legendary LandCruiser 70 Series scores improved rigidity, safety and spec for Single-cab chassis to score 5 Star ANCAP rating.
EVEN TOUGHER: Legendary LandCruiser 70 Series scores improved rigidity, safety and spec for Single-cab chassis to score 5 Star ANCAP rating. Bob Seary

Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series ups the safety, spec and price

Toyota's workhorse favourite LandCruiser 70 Series has been significantly re-engineered for 2016, but prices are up to reflect the changes.

The best-selling Single Cab versions - favourites of miners, farmers and rural workers - now start from $62,490 before on-roads (up $5500) for the Workmate grade, reflecting the improvements and additions.

2016 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL.Photo: Bob Seary.
2016 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL.Photo: Bob Seary. Bob Seary

Single cab-chassis variants now have desirable 5 Star ANCAP safety ratings - a increasing requirement for many government vehicles - thanks to additional airbags (including side curtain and driver's knee) and a full electronic safety package of vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution as standard.

Engine upgrades to the same 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 sees fuel consumption drop by around 10% to 10.7L/100km combined, the five-speed manual gearbox has revised taller gearing for more comfortable highway cruising while cruise control is also now standard.

2016 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL.Photo: Bob Seary.
2016 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL.Photo: Bob Seary. Bob Seary

The new 70 Series has been subjected to over 100,000km of Australian local testing, with around 70% of that taking place off-road in some of our harshest environments.

Australia and Oceania is the third largest global region for LC70 Series - behind only the Middle East and Africa - selling around 8000 units in Australia each year, and over 260,000 in total since the model's launch in 1985.

Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series 2016 pricing

LC70 Wagon WorkMate - $60,990

​LC70 Wagon GXL - $64,990

​LC70 Troop Carrier WorkMate - $64,890

​LC70 Troop Carrier GXL - $67,990

​LC70 Double-Cab WorkMate - $64,990

​LC70 Double-Cab GXL - $68,990

​LC70 Single-Cab WorkMate - $62,490

​LC70 Single-Cab GX - $64,490

​LC70 Single-Cab GXL - $66,490



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