New tech and powertrain for 70 Series LandCruiser

The next chapter in the story of the venerable Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is set to begin with the Australian arrival of the heavily upgraded 4×4 range, sporting new styling, technology, and a second powertrain option.

Since its launch in 2007, the current-generation 70 Series range has been available exclusively with the 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine and five-speed manual transmission.

Now a new 1GD 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine is available, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and priced from $75,600 plus on-roads for the WorkMate 76 Series Wagon. It’s the sole variant offered in four-pot auto only.

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The range will consist of a five-door Wagon, three-door Troop Carrier, and Single and Double-Cab Chassis configurations. All models are available with both powertrain options except the Workmate 76 Series Wagon.

The new 2.8-litre four-cylinder powertrain produces 150kW and 500Nm. Multiple mechanical changes have been made to the engine specifically for the 70 Series to ensure optimal cooling and performance in tough conditions and under heavy towing loads.

For that reason, the 70 Series maintains its 3500kg braked towing capacity. As before, the range is equipped with a part-time 4×4 system with low-range gearing, durable live axles and front coil suspension. All GXL grades add front and rear locking differentials.

Updated exterior styling includes circular LED headlamps with manual levelling and automatic high beam, with outboard turning lamps that hark back to the pre-2007 70 Series. A new square grille with a black mesh pattern and ‘TOYOTA’ lettering features.

A small hood vent above the grille is borrowed from the original 40 Series model. A wide bumper and black over-fenders give the 70 Series a muscular stance and sense of stability, paired on GX and GXL grades with dark grey metallic 16-inch alloy wheels.

The retro-inspired changes continue inside the cabin with a new-look instrument cluster designed to resemble the speedometer of the 40 Series, with the addition of a 4.2-inch colour multi-information display.

A new 6.7-inch multimedia system is compatible with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and offers hands-free smartphone pairing supported by new switches mounted on the steering wheel. Below the air-conditioning unit is a 12V power outlet and two USB-C ports.

The fitment of a new automatic transmission has meant 1GD-equipped grades gain a new centre console consisting of a lidded centre storage box, cupholder and multiple small item compartments.

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. WorkMate and GX variants are upholstered in durable vinyl trim. GXL grades gain grey fabric upholstery.

The comprehensive update also ushers in new safety features for the 70 Series range, starting with lane departure alert and road sign assist. Four-cylinder versions gain downhill assist control, while Wagon variants score a new reversing camera with static guidelines.

The new features join the existing Toyota Safety Sense features, including the Pre-Collision System with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection and intersection assistance. The LC70’s classic colour palette continues with French Vanilla, Silver Pearl, and Graphite.

Merlot Red, Sandy Taupe and Midnight Blue are also available, while the Wagon adds a new Eclipse Black hue. The upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series is covered by a five-year unlimited kilometre Toyota Warranty Advantage.

This is extended to seven years on engine and driveline, with capped-price servicing for the first five years or 100,000km (whichever comes first). Servicing is every 6-months or 10,000km. For more information, contact your local Toyota dealer.

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