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The Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series has been updated with new safety technology, including the first-time addition of a trailer sway control system.

The first Toyota to adopt the towing-focused safety technology, the updated Toyota LandCruiser now sees drivers benefit from the system designed to help keep cars under control in the event that an attached trailer starts to swing from side to side.

Integrated into the LandCruiser’s existing vehicle stability control system, trailer sway control detects trailer movement based on information from the vehicle’s yaw-rate, acceleration, and steering sensors and suppresses sway – often triggered by crosswinds, rough roads or sharp steering inputs – with the help of deceleration control and yaw-moment control.

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Once engaged, the system warns the driver via the in-dash ‘slip’ indicator and illuminates the brake lights to alert following drivers. Toyota says the system requires no additional hardware or any modifications to trailers.

Continuing the safety theme on the updated LandCruiser is the addition of knee airbags for both drivers and front passengers. The extra airbags see the total number rise to eight in GX and GXL models, while in the premium VX and Sahara models this reaches 10, including their rear-seat side airbags.

Further upgrades to the range include dark grey rear privacy glass on GXL models and dusk-sensing headlamps for VX models, while the top-of-the-range Sahara receives dusk-sensing headlamps and digital (DAB) radio.

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The five-star ANCAP safety rated LandCruiser 200 series is available with either a 227kW/439Nm 4.6-litre petrol V8 or a 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre twin-turbo diesel V8, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The updated LandCruiser sees prices increase by $1500 across the range, starting with the five-seat turbo-diesel GX at $78,990, eight-seat turbo-diesel GXL at $89,990, seven-seat turbo-diesel VX at $100,990 and seven-seat turbo-diesel Sahara at $119,990. The three eight-seat petrol models in GXL, VX and Sahara spec are now $84,990, $95,990 and $114,990, respectively. The LandCruiser’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension system remains unchanged as a $3250 option.

All Toyota LandCruiser 200 series models are covered by Toyota’s capped-priced servicing program, at a cost of $210 per service.

Read CarAdvice’s Toyota LandCruiser Review.

  • jr

    Long live the King

    • Barry

      Your right Landcruiser is the King.

      • Zaccy16

        its definitely better than the joke patrol but for the city this is too big!

        • Barry

          Patrol the only real competitor to Landcruiser.Dont know know but Patrol didn’t have a v8 diesel available.

          • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

            No V8 diesel in a Patrol, the just release new version has a V8 petrol though

          • Barry

            Does it go ok.Know a Landcruiser driver with v8 petrol,reasonably happy.

        • Barry

          Bit like your polio in the outback to small.

        • Igomi Watabi

          why would anyone be shopping for this type of car for the city?

          • Jfg

             short person syndrome

  • Joe

    …….long live a useless rip-off…..

  • Hyundaifanboi

    toyotas diesel are terrible 

    • Brett

      In what are you referrring to as terrible? Yes they have had dramas in their early years, but for engine characteristic, they are brilliant. Tremendous stonk for a heavy bugger, yet not bad on fuel. And believe or not Hyun boy, their NVH is nothing short of remarkable. Before you get on the blower, I would never buy one. Joe sought of had it right by saying their a rip-off. .

    • Cam

      You have no idea what you are talking about!

  • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

    As usual, Toyota have to be brought kicking & screaming to introduce technology – trailer sway, that other have had for years.

    And they still havent cured the excessive oil & fuel consumption issues.  

    • DZ

       Hmmm, which other 4WD has trailer sway control? I can’t think of any at the moment. Caravan sway has in recent times been limited to Hayman Reese friction devices, or the like. Then AL-KO came up with a proper ESC fitted to caravans which really works, from all the reports. Will the Toyota trailer sway control create interaction problems similar to those created by “pneumatic” rear suspension control and WDH’s ? Is there an option to turn it off? Bloody Toyota, & I actually own an LC ’07 VX, but they aren’t immune from criticism from me because of that.

      • Roundedbrick

        Discovery 4 has had trailer sway control for some years.

      • dot

        Ford Ranger  too

      • Tony Abbotts No1 Fan

        Ahhh, Jeep have had it since 2006 in the Grand Cherokee

  • Cl1ff0

    I wouldnt call Toyota diesels terrible, I know a mates 4.2T/D with 500K on it original engine – no issue!

    • Noddy_of_Toyland

      And there lies the rub; more often than not Toyota sacrifices trailblazing technology for long term reliability, which is more than fine for me. 4 Toyotas in the family, with regular servicing and oil changes (as should be done for EVERY car) they are extremely reliable. An ’88 Corolla, ’00 Hilux, ’04 Corolla and ’03 Tarago so far!

    • Doctor

      Late 4.2TD engines were great but the 1VD V8s are not. Google ohwahtalemon dotcom.
      2.2 in the RAV4 have had problems OS too.

      • Hello

        I’m not sure about the RAV diesel, but the 1VD isn’t a bad engine. Yes it’s had issues, but it doesn’t help when our diesel sulfur and wax levels are higher than EU. Also, we seem to have more water contamination than other countries too.

        I honestly believe that all diesels in Australia, should have as standard water separators (I don’t know what they are called). Big deal, when you fill up with fuel, you drain the water from the catchment.

        You would be surprised at how much water gets trapped and they end up paying for themselves in the very long term.

        Cheaper than buying injectors and fuel lines.

  • Zaccy16

    i would still easily pick are discovery over this!

  • Darryl

    Toyota obviously think they can get away with a price increase, despite the Yen heading down. They haven’t done that with Rav-4 or Corolla, so the thinking is Landcruiser has no real competition, new Patrol notwithstanding. I guess as long as we are prepared to pay these prices, it’s laughing all the way to the bank.

    • yoshisankobe

      Funny avail in the USA CHEAPER THAN OZ , because we will pay what ever Toyota demands,  per head pop other than the UAE we buy more  Landcruisers than any one else ???

    • Rick

      Toyota can charge whatever they like , because Toyota owners don’t look at anything else . They buy toyotas because of the badge on the front

  • MisterZed

    Talk about a bland vehicle this thing looks like it’s 10 years old.

    • yoshisankobe

      Just another big box ………….no design dynamics here , build it they will come the shape is well and truly dated ,overtime cheaper to produce

  • Joe

    …..$125k for a Hi-lux with leather…..what a joke…..

    • F1orce

      The Hilux has absolutely no associated attributes with this..

      • yoshisankobe

        you are highly correct ………..also is it leather