TOYOTA UNVEIL NEW 70 SERIES LANDCRUISER RANGE
Exciting times as 4WD Touring Australia witness the unveiling of a new era in 4WDing.
After more than 30 years as Toyota’s toughest export, and over 100,000km of locally conducted ‘torture testing’, the re-engineered single cab chassis 79 Series ute is set to achieve the maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, while the entire 70 Series receives an impressive array of updates.
The 76 Series wagon, 78 Series Troopcarrier and 79 Series single and dual cab utes are all due to receive updated safety electronics, cruise control and engine updates to bring them in line with Euro-5 standards.
The workhorse 4.5L turbo diesel V8 is upgraded to offer enhanced responsiveness, improved fuel economy and lower emissions. The mighty 1VD-FTV powerplant delivers 151kW of power at 3400rpm and offers a strong and remarkably flat peak torque curve, generating 430Nm from 1200–3200rpm. A diesel particulate filter is now standard fare across the range as a part of the move towards Euro-5 compliance.
Commercially orientated WorkMate variants gain new, wider single-piece rims and tubeless tyres, auto locking hubs, cruise control and electronic safety updates.
All models benefit from the addition of active traction, flow down tech from the 200 Series which improves offroad traction and onroad handling.
Single cab variants are available with the Toyota Genuine Industry Accessories range which includes an ultra heavy duty steel tray, storage box, window and tail light protectors.
Head to the Toyota Australia website for further details.
We’ve been working closely with GME since the magazine started five years ago, and in our personal and professional lives long before that. All of us on staff here have been using their gear simply because we reckon it’s the toughest and most reliable comms gear available.
That said, we’re entering a whole new era now, and while philistines bag anything to do with technology, they’re missing out on some serious innovations. Case in point being when the advancements are as groundbreaking as GME’s XRSTM.
The unveiling of the XRSTM Connect was under wraps for a while, like Ben Lexcen’s keel, and for good reason, this is an item that will revolutionise day-to-day life for the intrepid outback navigator.
Essentially, it’s an evolution in UHF CB communications and is the first connected radio of its kind.
Each radio incorporates Bluetooth Smart® low energy technology to enable connectivity to most iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, opening up all sorts of new features and functionality.
When we spoke to an excited Warwick Clancy at Standard Communications, he explained the nuts and bolts: “XRSTM Connect is a quantum leap in CB Radio communications, a platform developed by GME’s in-house engineering team. Its arrival heralds a new era in CB radio and smart device interconnectivity, and as a leading Australian technology company, we are proud to bring this innovation to market.”
One of the many unique aspects to the development of these radios is the introduction of the new XRSTM Connect App, downloadable for free via the App Store, Google Play or direct from the GME website for Windows PC in January 2017.
The intuitive user-interface of the XRSTM Connect App combines easy to navigate menus and icons using the familiar technology of a smart device to control all of the features and settings of the radio.
This app also enables you to create and share personalised scan lists from a library of over 20,000 pre-loaded Australian frequencies, categorised into groups such as ‘Fire’, ‘Volunteer Rescue’ and ‘Police’.
This allows you to monitor any registered frequency within range of your UHF radio. The GPS location service in your phone can also be used to help identify local frequencies; this is particularly useful when you’re on the go or in an unfamiliar region.
This new generation of radios also sees the introduction of the unique XRSTM high speed scanning software algorithm, that delivers a scan speed over twice as fast as any other CB radio.
Available Models (Pricing TBC)
XRS-330C - 80 Channel Super Compact Hideaway
UHF CB Radio XRS-370C - 80 Channel Compact Hideaway UHF CB Radio
Check more information at www.gme.net.au
TURN YOUR SMART PHONE INTO A SATELLITE PHONE
While smartphones are ubiquitous these days, and pretty handy when it comes to calling in the cavalry when you break down on the highway, they’re not gonna save your arse when you’re stranded way out in the middle of Timbuktoo, miles from the nearest telephone tower.
… Well, not unless you’ve converted your smartphone with this futuristic bit of kit from Optus.
Yep, the Optus SatSleeve is the quickest and easiest way to transform your phone or tablet into a remote satellite unit.
If you’re out on the tracks without regular 3G/4G coverage, the SatSleeve will keep you connected with 100% coverage anywhere in the country, so long as you’ve got line of sight to the satellite!
The SatSleeve connects to your phone through a WiFi connection, and you’ll then have access to phone calls, text messaging, email and other applications through the SatSleeve app you install on your phone’s desktop.
It’s sure to be a big hit with most of our readers, and it’s within the financial grasp of all of us because all of this peace of mind is offered with a $15 monthly plan.
To check out the SatSleeve’s full specs, head on over to