Toyota has listened to the demands of miners, farmers and other customers by launching the turbodiesel GX with features much-loved by owners who tend to torture, not just drive, their LandCruisers.
They include vinyl floors, twin barn doors at the rear (vertically hinged), 17-inch steel wheels, a snorkel, 93-litre main and 45-litre auxiliary fuel tanks, five seats, under-body protection plates and a standard car key. Based on the GXL variant, the new GX is the spiritual successor to the 100 Series Standard Grade.
Priced from $77,990, the GX is not without creature comforts, but they are designed to complement the tough work life of the vehicle and its owner. They include a single CD player, manual air-conditioning, power windows with driver's auto up/down and power-operated exterior mirrors.
There is no skimping on protection because the new variant keeps all the GXL safety equipment, which is important for drivers and for the OH&S requirements of companies running fleets.
It includes driver and front-passenger airbags, curtain-shield airbags, vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill-start assist, multi-terrain anti-skid brakes and Toyota CRAWL effectively an off-road cruise-control system.
The GX has a 195kW/650Nm 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD with Torsen limited-slip centre differential and two-speed transfer case.