Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series – The Toyota 70 Series LandCruiser’s are an icon of the Australian automotive landscape. Their popularity sometimes goes beyond logic as they are old school and expensive. Also, for the last 12 months or so it’s been impossible to order one.
Now Toyota have announced an upgraded version. Due here in the last quarter of 2023, the 70 series will now come with a choice of engines, refreshed styling, and more convenience features.
The big news is that alongside the familiar V8 diesel buyers can now choose an alternative 2.8L four-cylinder turbo diesel with a six speed auto transmission. This is the same combination found in the HiLux and Prado.
The 70 series vehicles will be offered in a choice of single cab Ute, Dual cab Ute, Troop Carrier, and Wagon.
In addition to the new engine choice there are a few convenience upgrades, including a larger 6.7 inch central touchscreen with wired smart phone connectivity.
Safety upgrades include lane keep assist and auto high beam headlights.
We will let you know pricing when it becomes available, but if history is a guide, they will be expensive.
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More LandCruiser 70 Series details
- LandCruiser 70 series offered with four-cylinder turbodiesel/6-speed auto powertrain for the first time
- Refreshed styling inside and out, improved safety and more convenience features
- Upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series due to arrive in Q4, 2023
Toyota has taken the wraps off a significantly upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series. It will be offered with a four-cylinder turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission for the first time when it arrives in Australia in Q4 2023.
In addition to the new powertrain, the upgraded 70 Series brings refreshed styling, a significant increase in safety technology and comfort and convenience features, and an upgraded multimedia system.
LC 70 Series Models
The new powertrain will be available across the range that includes four body styles and three grades. It will join the V8 turbodiesel/five-speed manual variants offering customers more choice for this iconic 4WD model.
Toyota Australia President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said the expanded range and substantial upgrades to the LandCruiser 70 Series demonstrated Toyota’s commitment to continuing to meet the needs of Australian customers.
“The LandCruiser 70 Series has built up a loyal and passionate fanbase with customers drawn to its rugged styling and legendary off-road performance and this substantially upgraded model builds upon those strengths,” Mr Hanley said.
“Now with a new powertrain including an automatic transmission for the first time, along with the significant increase in safety and convenience technology, the LC70 is an ideal vehicle for those working on the land or as a tool of trade and recreational users heading off on an outback adventure,” he said.
LandCruiser 70 Series Engines
The new 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine in the LandCruiser generates a maximum power of 150kW at 3400rpm. Peak torque of 500Nm between 1600rpm and 2800rpm, is 70Nm greater than the existing V8 diesel engine.
This engine will be mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and will be offered in three Single Cab grades Workmate, GX and GXL. There are two grades, Workmate and GXL – for Double Cab, Troop Carrier and Wagon variants.
The proven 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel generates a maximum power of 151kW at 3400rpm and peak torque of 430Nm from 1200rpm to 3200rpm.
This engine is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox and is offered in the same grades and body styles as the 2.8-litre powertrain. The exception is the Wagon that will only be available in GXL specification.
From a visual perspective, the significantly upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series maintains its rugged appearance. With a redesigned front end that references the design of the iconic LandCruiser 40 Series.
LandCruiser 70 Series interior upgrades
Likewise, the interior of the vehicle has undergone a styling refresh to enhance its appeal and accommodate a number of substantial feature upgrades.
The instrument cluster and centre console have been redesigned for improved ergonomics, visual ease and practicality. This includes the addition of a 4.2-inch multi information display (MID).
The multimedia system has also been upgraded and now features a 6.7-inch touchscreen on all grades. This is now compatible with wired Apple CarPlay1 and Android Auto2.
Toyota has also substantially improved the safety technology in the new LandCruiser 70 Series. With the addition of lane departure alert, road sign assist (speed signs only) and automatic high beam as part of the Toyota Safety Sense3 suite of advanced driver assistance features.
Further details and Australian specifications will be released closer to the launch of the upgraded Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series.4
1 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries.
2 Android AutoTM is a trademark of Google LLC.
3 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
4 Vehicle specifications and features are based on [overseas] pre-production model and is subject to final confirmation by Toyota Australia and may differ from those shown.
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