The 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is set to benefit from a sizeable upgrade from August production, according to a source close to Toyota.
The updated LandCruiser 70 Series will go on sale from the fourth quarter of this year, and will come with more power and torque thanks to new injectors and engine changes.
Core amongst the feature changes is the addition of cruise control, automatic locking hubs, a single 130-litre fuel tank (replacing the current two 90 litre tanks) and a diesel particulate filter.
While Toyota Australia wouldn't elaborate on the changes, the company did confirm to CarAdvice that any changes that will be made are designed to make the vehicle compliant with Euro 5 emissions requirements, with a great portion of the engineering work being performed in Australia under Australian conditions.
Other changes to the driveline are expected to include a revision to the ratio of fifth gear, which should bring the operating rpm down at highway speeds.
In addition to feature changes, the car (as previously announced) will come with a raft of new safety gear, including dual front airbags, side airbags and a driver's knee airbag, making for five in total. This is expected to bring the car up from a three- to five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Our source suggests that the vehicle will also cop a price increase of up to $7000, potentially increasing the starting price from $56,990 to around $63,990 for the single-cab LandCruiser 70 Series.
In terms of cosmetics, it's unlikely that we'll see much of a change from the current tried and tested formula.
CarAdvice will keep you posted as more information comes to hand.