V8 LandCruiser dead as Toyota confirms manual 4-cylinder

Toyota is bidding farewell to the V8 that has powered the LandCruiser 70 Series since 2007, confirming it will not reopen orders for the 1DV-FTV 4.5-litre turbo diesel powertrain, instead shifting the manual transmission to its 4-cylinder offering.

Final production of the V8 Wagon, Troop Carrier, and WorkMate and GX pick-ups will take place in September, with vehicles expected to be in customer hands late this year or early next year.

Production of the bent-eight is scheduled to continue well into next year, enabling Toyota dealers to provide customers with high-demand 79 Series GXL single and double cabs through to the final quarter of 2025.

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The new five-speed gearbox, which is engineered for higher torque than its V8 sibling, will be available from October production on all LandCruiser body styles and grades, except for single cabs and Workmate Wagon.

“Bidding farewell to the V8 marks the end of one chapter and the start of another for the go-anywhere 70 Series – a vehicle that’s renowned for its ruggedness, reliability and simply getting the job done,” Toyota Australia VP of sales, marketing and franchise operations, Sean Hanley said.

Mr Hanley said he would encourage any enthusiasts who might lament the V8 decision to join the growing number of drivers who have found the four-cylinder alternative is even more capable. Customer ordering for these variants is not affected by the V8 decision.

“Australian customers, including farmers, miners, remote-area workers and off-road enthusiasts, can continue to rely on the 70 Series to cover the most inhospitable terrain and complete the toughest jobs – just as they’ve done for the past 40 years,” he added.

Since its 1985 introduction, Australians have bought 346,742 examples of the 70 Series LandCruiser offerings, with almost half – 171,010 vehicles – powered by the V8 introduced in 2007.

The new gearbox is derived from the V8 manual and adapted for the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel. Power from the 1GD four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is 150kW, while peak torque of 450Nm is available across a wide 1600-3000rpm band.

Its new transmission has been calibrated with shorter first, second and third gears to aid off-the-line performance. A triple synchronisation mechanism has been added to the first gear to promote smoother changes.

A longer fifth gear helps improve fuel economy in the LandCruiser as well as reducing engine noise at highway speeds. A flywheel compatible with a 12-inch clutch has been newly adopted, ensuring excellent engagement and maximum delivery of power.

In addition to durability-focused engine measures, manual variants are equipped with a dust seal to the rear end plate. More information, including pricing and fuel economy, will be released closer to October this year.

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