The most coveted 40-year old classic is reborn - 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 keeps going with new engine, TSS
Sanjay · Aug 2, 2023 10:20 AM
Nope, this isn't an elaborate ploy to Rickroll you, but 'Never Gonna Give You Up' was probably on loop when engineers devised today's 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series – continuing the model's legacy that started in 1984.
Shown at the reveal of the all-new Land Cruiser Prado moments ago, the refreshed Land Cruiser 70 is the 'heavy duty' variant of the line-up. It's also the first major update for the model since 2007, and it will join both the new Land Cruiser 250 and Land Cruiser 300 in Japan in 2024.
"This may be a workhorse, but it's become an icon, the legend itself," said Simon Humphries, who serves as the Toyota's Chief Branding Officer besides being a global design head. He says that over the years, many customers have pleaded to "don't change a thing!" with the Land Cruiser 70, and as such, it keeps its persona.
On the outside it stays faithful to the style of the original 70 Series, but modernised with modern functional updates. There's LED lighting now, for instance, and fresh alloy wheels. Certain markets will see the LC70 offered in a range of up to four body styles.
A whole host of similar updates take place inside, with the car now boasting a new instrument cluster and centre console that have been redesigned for improved ergonomics. A 6.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also part of the package.
Powering it is be a 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV turbodiesel engine (from the Hilux, 204 PS and 500 Nm) that's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Australian customers will continue to get a V8 turbodiesel (205 PS/430 Nm) plus five-speed manual variant alongside too.
It all comes sits on a ladder frame chassis that Toyota says, balances on-road comfort with the familiar off-road powress.
And bringing it all forty years forward is the inclusion of Toyota Safety Sense, in which the new Land Cruiser 70 Series will come with lane departure alert, road sign assist, and automatic high beam as part of the ADAS package.
Pricing and additional details haven't been revealed yet but...we want one already.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.