The next chapter in the story of the revered Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series is set to begin with the arrival of a new powertrain option to the 4×4 icon, sporting new styling, upgraded technology and enhanced specification.
A new square grille with a black mesh pattern and ‘TOYOTA’ lettering sits above a three-slot cooling vent inspired by the 75 Series Land Cruiser, with a small hood vent above the grille borrowed from the original 40 Series model.
A wide bumper and black overfenders give the 70 Series a muscular stance and sense of stability, paired with dark grey metallic 16-inch alloy wheels. The Station Wagon also sports a steel bumper while the VX variant adds further differentiation in the form of a Rockford Fosgate sound system.
In addition, all the 70 Series grades gain a new centre console consisting of a lidded centre storage box, cupholder and multiple small item compartments.
Station Wagon variants are made more functional with new second-row seats with 60:40 split-folding-functionality and can be tumbled forward to maximise cargo space.
Prior to this point, the current-generation 70 Series range has been available with a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol inline-6 (single and double cab pick-ups), a 4.2-litre naturally aspirated diesel and a 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8. All these powertrains being mated to a manual transmission.
However, the upgraded Land Cruiser introduces the 1GD 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, for the first time in the 70 Series. All bodyshapesare available with the 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine. The new 2.8-litre four-cylinder powertrain has been proven over the years in a range of Toyota 4×4 models (Hilux, Fortuner and Prado among others) and produces a stout 150kW at 3400rpm and 500Nm from 1600-2800rpm.
As before, the Land Cruiser 70 Series range is equipped with a part-time 4×4 system with low-range gearing, durable live axles and front coil suspension. The four-cylinder models add front and rear locking differentials for ultimate off-road traction.
LAND CRUISER 70 SERIES PRICING
All Land Cruiser 70 Series models are offered with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and an optional 100 000km service plan.
LC79 4.0 Petrol S/C 5MT – R765 500
LC79 4.2 Diesel S/C 5MT – R829 000
LC79 4.5 Diesel V8 S/C 5MT – R956 200
LC79 2.8 GD-6 Diesel S/C 6AT – R917 100
LC79 4.0 Petrol D/C 5MT – R864 600
LC79 4.2 Diesel D/C 5MT – R920 800
LC79 4.5 Diesel V8 D/C 5MT – R1 039 200
LC79 2.8 GD-6 Diesel D/C 6AT – R1 009 000
LC78 4.2 Diesel SW 5MT – R900 100
LC76 4.5 Diesel SW 5MT – R1 076 800
LC76 2.8 GD-6 Diesel SW 6AT – R999 900
LC 76 2.8 GD-6 VX Diesel SW 6AT – TBC