200 Series LandCruiser gets a safety boost

ByWes WhitworthOctober 10, 2018
200 Series LandCruiser gets a safety boost

Now in its eleventh year of production, after one face-lift and minor changes, the 200 Series LandCruiser gets a safety boost for the GXL and VX models.

VX Model Upgrades

Expanding on their driver assistance and safety features, the VX trim level gains blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, four-camera multi-terrain monitor, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors; all of which were only available on the top-of-the-range Sahara.

The blind spot monitor warns when vehicles are present in the blind spots, where the four-camera multi-terrain system displays the exact position of the vehicle within its immediate surroundings on the 9-inch infotainment screen. It offers a ‘birds-eye’ panoramic view of the LandCruiser, and also offers an under-vehicle view when in low-range, indicating the location of the front wheels – essentially making the need for a ‘spotter’ on tougher tracks all but a thing of the past.

GXL Model Upgrades

For the GXL trim level, there is increased driver assistance with the addition of front and rear parking sensors that offer progressive audible and visual alerts. The brand new colour Muli-Information Display (MID) sits between the tachometer and speedometer within the instrument cluster.

The 4.2-inch MID incorporates odometer, trip meter, fuel consumption, eco-driving indicator, cruising range, gear indicator and various warnings. The steering wheel has also been upgraded with leather accents and controls for audio, MID and telephone.

Pricing changes

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.

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.

Considering that the 200 Series LandCruiser gets a safety boost, is this enough to entice purchase? Or are you still holding out for the next generation?