Toyota has treated its terrain-conquering 200 Series Landcruiser to a technology update which adds new driver assistance systems to the most popular GXL, while the flagship Sahara donates some of its technology to the mid-range VX.
The extra kit brings a modest price rise across the board, with the GXL now sitting at $83,200, while the enhanced VX grade moves up to $94,890 for the 4.6-litre V8 petrol, or $99,990 for the 4.5-litre turbo V8 diesel. Entry-level GX and Sahara variant specifications are as before, though prices move up slightly to $78,190 and $115,230 respectively.
New for the GXL are front and rear parking sensors with audible and visual warnings, for use both when parking and off road to avoid obstacles. Object proximity is displayed in a new 4.2-inch MID screen which slots in between the tachometer and speedo, and also presents other vehicle information to the driver including fuel consumption, range, eco driving rating, gear selector position and vehicle status warnings.
The GXL also gains a leather-trimmed steering wheel and switches for controlling the stereo, Bluetooth-connected phones and the new MID screen.
For the VX, Toyota has borrowed a dusting of driver assistance systems previously only offered on the Sahara. A blind spot monitor warns the driver if another vehicle is obscured by the Landcruiser’s blind spot, while rear cross traffic alert warns if a vehicle is approaching as the driver reverses out of a parking space, for example.
The suite of VX tech updates is completed by a new four-camera multi-terrain monitor, which uses cameras on each side of the vehicle to produce a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the vehicle.
Objects and hazards surrounding the Landcruiser are displayed by a central 9.0-inch screen, along with the position of each wheel, guide lines and a predicted line of travel. The system even includes a camera that monitors the underside of the vehicle while the transmission is in low-range for spotting potentially damaging objects.
Beyond the VX and GXL updates, it’s business as usual for the Landcruiser 200 range. Power is sent to all four wheels via a high and low range six-speed automatic transmission, petrol versions have 227kW and 439Nm, while the diesel is the torque champion with 200kW/650Nm.
“The Toyota Landcruiser has been an Australian favourite since it first arrived here, regularly praised for its comfortable and extremely competent ability to get to the most remote corners of the country and back,” said Toyota Australia sales and marketing vice president Sean Hanley.
“Part of that ability comes from its advanced technology to assist drivers whatever the terrain they come across and the upgrades we are introducing for the mid-range GXL and VX models, further aids that assistance”.
- Toyota Landcruiser GX V8 diesel - $78,190 (+$300)
- Toyota Landcruiser GXL V8 petrol - $84,480 (+$1280)
- Toyota Landcruiser GXL V8 diesel - $89,580 (+$1280)
- Toyota Landcruiser VX V8 petrol - $94,890 (+$1480)
- Toyota Landcruiser VX V8 diesel - $99,990 (+$1480)
- Toyota Landcruiser Sahara V8 petrol - $115,230 (+$400)
- Toyota Landcruiser Sahara - $120,330 (+$400)
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