We drive the 2024 Toyota LC70 series at the launch.

Is the new LC70 Series any good

LC70 – Toyota has just launched an updated model for their LC70 Series work Utes, wagon, and troop carrier.

2024 Toyota LC70 Series NML_2902 These popular 4WD vehicles have been so popular that Toyota had to place a hold on orders because of global component supply issues. The backlog is now clearing, helped by the introduction of the 4 Cylinder version.

The LC70 Series comes in four body styles the single cab chassis and dual cab chassis, troop carrier and wagon.

It comes with a choice of two engines that defines the transmission choices.

  • The traditional 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbodiesel V8 engine and five-speed manual transmission.
  • The modified 1GD 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota LandCruiser 70 series Ute 4 cylinder engine 2

The benefits of the 1GD 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine

  • Same power and 70Nm more torque
  • Same torque at 1200rpm as V8 peak torque
  • Automatic transmission with torque converter
  • More functionality, with DAC, 2nd gear start, PWR haul functionality.
  • Better economy and lower emissions
  • Lighter body weight and more payload
  • Around $4,000 cheaper in every model variant.

The LC70 Series 4WD’s are legendary for a reason, they are awesome.

But They are expensive, very expensive.

Buyers now have a choice between the traditional V8 and the cheaper, modified 4 Cylinder with an Automatic transmission and a bunch of extra functionalities that comes with that.

It’s a no brainer really, the 4 Cylinder is better in almost 99% of applications.

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2024 Toyota LC70 Series NML_2885

What is good?

  • Rugged and robust 4WD
  • Automatic transmission
  • Towing capability

What is not so good?

  • RIP V8
  • Still very expensive
  • Ute exterior mirrors are ridiculous

Toyota LC70 Upgrade Video

2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series GXL Double Cab Chassis

Toyota LC70 Series Final thoughts

The LC70 Series 4WD’s are legendary for a reason, they are bloody awesome.

They are expensive, very expensive.

I have always loved the 4.5L V8 in the 70 series. And always wanted an AT for it. It sounds angry and that’s a good thing.

Most of what is good about the upgrades are because of the automatic transmission fitted. This came about because of the 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

Buyers now have a choice between the traditional V8 and the cheaper, modified 4 Cylinder with an Automatic transmission and a bunch of extra functionalities that comes with that.

It’s a no brainer really, the 4 Cylinder is better in almost 99% of applications.

024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series WorkMate Single Cab Chassis

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