The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series is still going strong thanks to its reliable and versatile reputation. As a result, the Japanese manufacturer has no desire to let it go, despite it being in production for 37 years. To retain its appeal in the market, the historic bakkie is rumoured to receive a conclusive update for next year.
As reported by Motoring, a major update is on the cards for the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series which we can expect to see within the next 12 months. The technical update is expected to bring a number of safety improvements and increased payload capacities to the workhorse. A switch to the new turbodiesel V6 powertrain as debuted in the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is rumoured to be included as well.
The Australian publication says that clues for these updates to be made to the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series come from investigations into its federal governments new pole side impact design rule “ADR 85” that is rumoured to put an end to models such as the Lexus CT, IS and RC models when it comes into effect by November 2022.
In response to this, Toyota says “Currently no Toyota vehicles in the NA category (Hilux and Land Cruiser 70 Series) will be affected by the regulation change due to be implemented in November 2022,
“The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series will not be affected by the regulation change to ADR 85 due to be implemented in November 2022 due to careful forward planning. We will provide updates in due course,
“When the latest update to Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series launched in 2016, Toyota announced that it was offering the single-cab chassis with a five-star safety rating, with other variants receiving substantial upgrades including the adoption of safety features such as VSC/TRAC, BA, EBD and HAC,
“As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we have plans to continue to update the specifications of this model in the next major update, the details of which will be revealed in due course.”