Toyota has officially launched the revised Land Cruiser 70 series in South Africa, breathing new life into one of the brand’s oldest running nameplates.
Included in the roster is the 79 bakkie series, but fans of the SUV body type can now get their hands on either the updated four-door 76 station wagon or the two-door 78 wagon.
The Toyota Land Cruiser 76 has a local starting price of R999,900, while the 78 starts at R900,100.
The new 76 is available with two turbocharged diesel engines, either a 4.5-litre V8 or the brand’s tried-and-trusted 2.8-litre GD-6 – the latter of which is a first for the 70 series.
The 4.5-litre option generates 151kW and 430Nm and averages 11.9l/100km on a typical fuel cycle, while the 2.8-litre produces 150kW and 500Nm and consumes 9.8l/100km.
Important to note is the fact that the V8 is exclusively paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the smaller engine is mated to a six-speed automatic – another first for the LC 70 Series.
Those considering the 78 can expect a 4.2-litre, naturally-aspirated diesel block that uses the five-speed manual transmission and puts out 96kW and 285Nm while averaging 11.9l/100km.
All versions of the Toyota are four-wheel drive and fitted with both front and rear differential locks. Ground clearance for the off-roaders measures 230mm.
The LC has seen a visual update with a more retro-inspired front end with a mesh grille reminiscent of the original models, albeit with modern additions like circular headlights and LED foglights.
The 76 now comes with 16-inch alloy wheels finished in dark grey metallic paint with a matching spare (though only the V8 is fitted with a spare tyre cover mounted at the back), while the 78 uses 16-inch steel rims.
There are three standard paint schemes – Ivory White, Satin Silver Metallic, and Sand Beige – though customers can also opt for Graphite Grey Metallic, Attitude Black, Ruby Metallic, Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic, or Dark Blue.
The 76 comes with plated front and rear bumpers and aluminium side steps while the 78 gets plain black versions, and the 76 V8 is the only model to be factory-fitted with a snorkel.
The interior has also been refurnished for current audiences, with a redesigned centre console, all-electric windows, a lockable glove box, a leather steering wheel with wooden inserts, a 6.7-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, and air conditioning.
The four-door units have a fabric upholstery and four speakers, while the two-door is upholstered in vinyl and uses two speakers.
The 2.8-litre models feature electronic brake force distribution, hill assist control, downhill assist control, traction control, and vehicle stability control, too.
The South African pricing for the new Toyota Land Cruiser 76 and 78 is as follows:
- Toyota Land Cruiser 78 4.2 D Wagon – R900,100
- Toyota Land Cruiser 76 2.8GD S/W AT – R999,900
- Toyota Land Cruiser 76 4.5 V8 S/W – R1,076,800
Each purchase comes with a 3-year/100,000km warranty, with the option of adding a 1-year/10,000km service plan.