Toyota has taken the wraps off a significantly upgraded Land Cruiser 70 Series utility that will be offered with the four-cylinder turbodiesel from Hilux for first time.
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 maximum power of 150kW at 3400rpm and peak torque of 500Nm between 1600 and 2800 rpm — 70Nm more than the existing V8.
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 – along with 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 3400 rpm and peak torque of 430Nm from 1200 to 3200 rpm.
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 Land Cruiser 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 compatible with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Toyota has also substantially improved the safety technology in the new Land Cruiser 70 Series with the addition of lane departure alert, road sign assist (speed signs only) and automatic high beam as part of Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assistance features.