Toyota’s retro Land Cruiser 70 Series gets a makeover

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Toyota's retro Land Cruiser 70 Series gets a makeover

The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series, an emblem of rugged durability and off-road prowess, is entering an exciting new phase by introducing a fresh powertrain option alongside enhancements spanning aesthetics, technology, and performance. This latest update solidifies the vehicle's iconic status and introduces a blend of retro style with modern functionality that will likely attract loyal enthusiasts and new admirers.

Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), highlighted the significance of this upgrade, emphasising its potential to appeal to a broader spectrum of customers seeking a reliable and capable 4x4 experience. Adding a new four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with an automatic transmission expands the Land Cruiser 70 Series' lineup, offering a choice between the new, torque-rich engine and the traditional manual V8 across various body styles.

Underpinning these enhancements introduces the 1GD 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission—a first for the 70 Series. This engine, known for its robust performance in other Toyota 4x4 models like the Hilux and Fortuner, delivers 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, ensuring ample power and efficiency. Engine modifications specific to the 70 Series have been implemented to optimise cooling and performance under challenging conditions, maintaining the vehicle's impressive 3500kg towing capacity.

The aesthetic updates are equally noteworthy, drawing inspiration from previous Land Cruiser generations. The new design features a square grille with black mesh, a nod to the 75 Series, and a hood vent reminiscent of the 40 Series, combined with a wide bumper and dark grey metallic wheels for a muscular appearance. The updated interior offers enhanced functionality, with new storage solutions and seating configurations that improve comfort and utility.

Safety and convenience have also seen significant improvements, with the introduction of Downhill Assist Control (DAC) for controlled off-road descents and a reversing camera in the Station Wagon VX variant to ease parking challenges. The updated Land Cruiser 70 Series retains its classic colour palette while reintroducing the LC78 Wagon in exclusive colours.

Toyota has noticed the importance of connectivity and digital services. The MyToyota platform provides vehicle owners with a comprehensive suite of services and information, complemented by in-car WiFi capability and additional Connect services, further enhancing the ownership experience.

The Land Cruiser 70 Series' pricing structure reflects the range of options available, catering to different preferences and requirements. Whether opting for a single car, double car, or station wagon configuration, customers can expect a vehicle that combines Toyota's reliability with advanced features and improved specifications.

This update marks a significant milestone in the history of the Land Cruiser 70 Series. It promises to continue its legacy of delivering unparalleled off-road capability and durability, now complemented by modern conveniences and a touch of retro charm.



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