Strap in, you rowdy 4X4 junkies! The 2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series has finally undergone a facelift after a long, 15-year hiatus. Just like a mythical creature coming out from its cave, this revamped beast is ready to shake the Australian shores later this year!
Without a warning sign, Toyota has ripped off the camouflage, revealing the updated LandCruiser 70 Series – a burly mix of old-school style and modern torque. Powered by an optional 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, this rig is more than ready to roar.
This mighty LandCruiser has had its first major revamp since 2007, and just like a well-aged whiskey, it's only gotten better with time. The unexpected unveiling at the new Prado's launch, alongside its rugged aesthetic, has our pulses racing and 4X4 fans nation-wide ready to rev their engines.
What's the deal under the hood? A 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, coupled exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission – it's like finding a golden nugget in a riverbed! For now, you can still opt for the classic 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 with a five-speed manual transmission. Exact timings for orders are still a bit hush-hush, but the updated model is slated to strut into showrooms between October and December 2023.
Fancy playing mix and match? Well, Toyota has you covered! The new engine and transmission can be paired with any single-cab chassis variant – Workmate, GX, and GXL – and also the Workmate and GXL grades in the dual-cab chassis, five-door wagon, and Troop Carrier.
Now, about the looks... it's akin to seeing a big bloke in a tiny speedo. It might raise a few eyebrows, but there's something strangely captivating about it! This makeover sports a retro-inspired front fascia complete with bold circular LED headlights that'll leave you petrified like Medusa's victims – they're bright, they're bold, and oh boy, they demand attention!
The 70 Series also gets a new bonnet, front wheel arches, bumper, grille, and even a 'TOYOTA' script – all washed in a tub of nostalgia. It's a bold aesthetic choice, and while it may divide opinions, one thing is certain – you won't be able to look away.
Hop inside and you'll find a 6.7-inch infotainment touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a redesigned instrument cluster with a nostalgic central speedometer and a shiny new 4.2-inch digital display.
But it's not all about the looks, Toyota hasn’t let up on safety either. The 70 Series now includes an expanded safety suite featuring lane departure alerts, speed sign recognition, and automatic high-beams. It even gets autonomous emergency braking technology with pedestrian and cyclist detection. Because no matter how rugged we might be, safety is king, right?
So, there you have it, you rambunctious roadsters! The 2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is ready to thunder into Aussie showrooms later this year. Keep your eyes peeled for pricing info as we get closer to the launch. Meanwhile, start planning those off-road adventures, because this new LandCruiser is eager to join you!