Toyota has expanded the driver assistance and safety features of two of its popular LandCruiser 200 Series grades.
The luxury VX grade gains blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, a four-camera multi-terrain monitor and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors - all of which were previously exclusive to the top-of-range Sahara.
Volume-selling GXL has been enhanced with features from VX and Sahara: front and rear parking sensors and a new instrument cluster that incorporates a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
The additional features will enhance LandCruiser's reputation as a favourite for people seeking a large, comfortable and extremely capable vehicle to head well off the beaten track or negotiate the urban jungle.
Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota was continually improving all its vehicles to better meet the expectations of customers.
"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," Mr Hanley said.
"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," he said.
New VX features in detail
Blind-spot monitor# warns when vehicles are present in the blind spots to the sides of the LandCruiser while the rear cross-traffic alert# warns when a vehicle is approaching from either side when reversing.
For even greater awareness of the off-road environment, the four-camera multi-terrain monitor# displays the exact position of the vehicle within its immediate surroundings on the large 9-inch satellite-navigation screen.
The monitor can be activated when the four-wheel-drive multi-terrain select system is operating and uses a wide-angle front camera, rear camera and side cameras mounted in the exterior mirrors.
The system delivers front, rear, side and panoramic "bird's-eye" views. In low range, it also offers an under-vehicle view that displays the terrain while indicating the location of the front tyres. The displays also provide various guide lines, tyre positions and predicted line of travel.
Luxury fittings in VX already include dusk-sensing auto-levelling bi-LED headlamps, LED front fog lamps and daytime running lamps, leather-accented seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, moon roof, black side steps and woodgrain-look interior highlights.
New GXL features in detail
Increased driver assistance for LandCruiser GXL includes the addition of front and rear parking sensors that offer progressive audible and visual alerts to detect obstacles in tight urban or off-road environments.
Visual alerts are displayed on the new colour multi-information display (MID) that sits between the tachometer and speedometer displays and forms part of the upgraded instrument cluster.
The 4.2-inch MID incorporates an odometer, trip meter, fuel consumption, eco driving indicator, cruising range, shift position and various warnings.
The steering wheel has been upgraded with leather accents and switches for audio, MID and phone controls.
GXL is already comprehensively equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, a rear cooler, rear spoiler, aluminium side steps, two 12-volt connectors, a 220-volt rear connector, smart entry and start, reversing camera, satellite navigation, roof rails and a leather-accented gear-shift knob.
Changed pricing for the LandCruiser 200 Series starts at $78,190* for the GX turbo-diesel five-seater. Upgraded GXL is priced from $84,480 with the 227kW/439Nm 4.6-litre petrol V8 and $89,580 with the 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8.
Luxury VX and top-of-the-range Sahara models also offer the two engines, priced from $94,890 and $115,230 respectively for petrol power and $99,990 and $120,330 for the turbo-diesel V8.
Both engines drive through a smooth six-speed automatic transmission with a full transfer case offering high and low-range four-wheel-drive ratios.
With its go-anywhere capability, spacious and well-equipped interiors with up to eight-seat capacity and a braked towing capacity of up to 3500kg**, LandCruiser 200 Series remains a popular choice with 9,452 sales for the eight months to the end of August this year, an increase of 8.2 per cent over the same period last year.
Every member of the LandCruiser 200 Series family is covered by Toyota Service Advantage at $220 for each of the first six scheduled services##.
* Recommended retail price provided for general media release purposes only. Excludes dealer delivery, statutory charges and metallic paint. Optional extras at additional cost.
** Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations. Ask your Dealer for Toyota Genuine Towbar capacity and availability details.
# Driver assist feature only, designed to operate when certain technical conditions are met and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
## Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first), up to the first 6 services. Excludes government & rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.