200 Series LandCruiser Gets a Safety Boost 

Article from Mr4x4

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?

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Comments 9

  1. I have a toyota Pado, and the only 2 reasons I bought it, are for the large capacity fuel tank and the dependability/reputation of the motor. Certainly not for the looks or innovations
    Toyotas in general are fugly in design, and cater to the soccer mums of this world. The FJ series was a much needed refresh and would have dominated the market in Australia, but they chose to release the petrol only model, Toyota Australia has absolutely no idea what people want in there landcruisers and put in absolutely minimal effort in supporting the product.


  2. I’m tempted to wait for the new generation Cruiser which I understand is due out in 2020. I believe the V8 is going and will be replaced with a six cylinder engine. I currently own a Prado which unfortunately has very limited towing ability (the new Prado has been upgraded to 3000Kg but reviews suggest the engine really struggles to tow this weight around). My only bug bear with the Landcruiser is its cost..Otherwise I really like the vehicle and what it has to offer.

  3. I had a 2017 Sahara that I have now traded on a Mercedes. Reasons being. Seat was uncomfortable, cruise control was all over the place with the motor constantly revving. Engine noise too intrusive and not having a lockup lower down on the torque converter was incredibly annoying. Too hard to get in and out of. Split rear tail gate a pain in the neck.
    Too big and cumbersome in car parks. Hard to see the screen for reverse camera and GPS.
    In other words like a truck w
    ith nice upholstery.

  4. I am a current Landcruiser owner waiting for a Diesel Patrol or another worthy contender to purchase as I’m sick of Toyota’s complacency and trying to sell us the same vehicle year in year out without much improvements. It’s almost the same look, the same engine ascis everything else. A new grill and headlights after 11 years is piss-poor. Given both the Landcruiser and Prado are top sellers, Toyota simply doesn’t care and keeps on flogging out the same thing for the same price. It’s a ripped-off. Just you wait for the new Diesel Patrol to come out Toyota. I’ll be gone and so is some of your other loyal customers.

  5. Just bought the latest 200 series landcruiser (14th Toyota over about 50 years of driving)with the updated electronics in the vx model they are certainly handy safety features but I still swivel the old head anyway.
    As I mentioned to Toyota, never wanted a sunroof, useless accessory std in vx model would rather have TPMS instead but no option to do so.
    It’s the same with most manufacturers I am sorry to say, having to wait for my car to be built in the color I wanted there was ample opportunity to have the car fitted as std with what I wanted.
    Another feature Toyota should consider is computer management of the fuel (like the ram) to allow it run on 4 cylinders when pottering around at Lowe speeds in suburban areas.

    One day car manufacturers will learn., at least I hope so.

  6. Simple Toyota tax over price to the max for what you actually get. & with them being a v8 sucks fuel worse than a truck
    Over the last year or so there has been a lot of owners coming out of the closet about how they cant wait to dump the cruiser for something else so doesn’t sound like everyone’s got that feeling. Yes i have a 02 TX Prado gutless as hell but i don’t think they make quite that good anymore but at least its not as ugly as the models built after it
    As for those ppl that say that’s all you see at the cape & that’s the only vehicle capable of doing it I think you need to look a lot harder .

  7. Who in their right mind thought for one minute that the 200 Series Landcruiser would look good with that stupid snorkel air box?? It is almost 2019 and Toyota have included a 1978 look breathing device that would not look out of place on a Land Rover my grandfather owned. Are Toyota really serious or are they trying to tell us that this is the best their design team can do?? Next and in agreement with all comments prior, I’ll wait for the 6 cylinder engine which is reputed to be more powerful, offer better fuel consumption and cost less. If Nissan do release their 6 pot oil burner ahead of Toyota then good night Landcruiser. Unfortunately the last wave of Toyota buyers now I feel are buying on historic virtues only to find the new vehicles are plagued with problems, under powered, missing all the latest safety tech and are subjectively ugly and over priced. Maybe the next Landruiser will have the the Toyota brain fade 2.8Lt??

  8. Safety upgrade eh, blind spot monitoring and auto dimming mirrors on the $99,990 VX.

    But still no AEB that comes standard on most $20,000 city cars. And only on the Sahara. Pathetic.

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