Toyota has taken the wraps off a significantly upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series
utility that 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 later this

In addition to the new powertrain, the upgraded 70 Series brings styling changes
together with increases in safety technology, comfort and convenience features,
and an upgraded multimedia system.

The new powertrain will be available across the range that includes four body
styles and three grades, and will join the V8 turbodiesel/five-speed manual
variants offering customers more choice for this iconic 4WD model.

The new 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine in the LandCruiser generates a
maximum power of 150kW at 3400rpm and peak torque of 500Nm between
1600rpm and 2800rpm, 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 – and two
grades – Workmate and GXL – for Double Cab, Troop Carrier and Wagon variants.

The well-established 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 with the exception of the Wagon
that will only be available in GXL specification.

Externally, the upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series gets a redesigned front end that
references the design of the iconic LandCruiser 40 Series.

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 including 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 that is now compatible with wired Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto.

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
Sense 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.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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