"The Toyota LandCruiser has been an Australian favourite since it first arrived here,” said Toyota Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley. "Part of that ability comes from its advanced technology to assist drivers whatever terrain they come across and the upgrades we are introducing for the mid-range GXL and VX models, further aids that assistance."
On the GXL, front and rear parking sensors are now standard, offering progressive aural and visual alerts to detect obstacles in front and behind. Visual alerts are displayed on a new full-colour, 4.2-inch multi-information display (MID) that sits between the tachometer and speedometer and forms part of an upgraded instrument cluster.
The MID also includes an odometer, trip meter, fuel consumption display, eco driving indicator, cruising range, shift position and warning lights. To suit this, the GXL steering wheel has been upgraded, with leather accents and switches to set the MID readouts, as well as audio and phone controls.
LandCruiser VX adds a bunch of safety and driver-assistance features previously limited to the top-of-the-range Sahara, including a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, while a handier feature when taking the VX off-road is a four-camera multi-terrain monitor.
Activated when the four-wheel-drive multi-terrain select system is operating, the monitor system uses a wide-angle front camera, rear camera and side cameras mounted in the exterior mirrors. Delivering front, rear, side and panoramic "bird's-eye" views to make vehicle placement on challenging trails easier, the system also offers an under-vehicle view when the Cruiser’s in low range that displays the terrain and location of the front tyres.
The position of the vehicle within its immediate surroundings is displayed on the VX’s standard 9-inch sat-nav screen. The monitor can also provide various guide lines, tyre positions and predicted line of travel.
The updates for 2019 come with price increases of $1,380 on average, with the GXL now starting at $84,480 for the 4.6 petrol V8 and $89,580 with the 4.5 turbo-diesel V8 (+$1,280 each). The mid-level VX is now priced from $94,890 for petrol power and $99,990 and for the turbo-diesel V8 (+$1,480 each).
Despite adding no extra spec or tech for 2019, the entry-level LandCruiser 200 Series GX has also increased in price, now at $78,190, while the premium Sahara is now priced at $115,230 and $120,330 for petrol and diesel versions, respectively; increases of $400 each (all pricing excludes ORCs). See your Toyota dealer for more details.