Australia will be the first market in the world to access Toyota’s new dual-cab 70 Series LandCruiser when it is released around late September.
One of the true workhorses across the bush, Toyota’s 70 series is one of the longest serving members of the Toyota family, having been on offer in various forms for two decades.
While demand from the mining sector is the big driver behind Toyota’s decision to develop a dual cab version, there is sure to be strong interest across the cattle industry, which has been crying out for such a vehicle for years.
The new LC79 double-cab will be available in two levels: Workmate and GXL. All models will feature a a 4.5 litre V8 turbo-diesel (no six-cylinder option), five-speed manual transmission, 130 litre fuel tank, part-time 4×4 with a two-speed transfer case and a one-tonne payload.
Other features will include anti-skid brakes, air-inlet snorkel mounted on the A pillar, improved seats, in-dash multi-function clock and audio/CD system with Bluetooth, audio streaming and voice-recognition phone/audio. Driver and front passenger airbags will come as standard.
The dual cab Workmate will have 16-inch steel split rims, aluminium side steps, vinyl seat facings and floor coverings, black bumpers and the extra-cost optional diff locks. The GXL version will have 16-inch alloys, over-fender flares, remote central locking, diff locks, fog lamps, power windows, carpet and cloth seats. A choice of seven exterior colours will be available.
All nine LandCruiser 70 Series models will have the Euro IV compliant, 32 valve V8 common-rail direct injection turbo-diesel motor with intercooler. It produces 151kW of power at 3400rpm and reaches peak torque of 430Nm at 1200rpm and holds it up to 3200rpm. The V8 will replace Toyota’s six-cylinder diesel and turbo-diesel engines.
The dual-cab will mark the fourth body style on offer in the LandCruiser 70-Series range, joining a wagon, troop carrier and single cab-chassis configuration.
Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said demand for the double-cab had been so high that some buyers had been modifying the wagon version to create a custom-made double-cab vehicle.
“The double cab will carry five adults as well as providing a one-tonne payload for heavy gear, while the large cabin will allow the kids to ride along, while also offering the touring benefits of a dual-cab ute along with the legendary LandCruiser toughness,” Mr Callachor said.
Toyota Australia says 70 Series buyers are extremely loyal, with the majority of new buyers simply replacing an existing 70 Series unit with another.
Prices for the dual-cab (with single cab price in brackets) include:
- Workmate – $63,990 ($58,790)
- GXL $67,990 ($62,790).
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