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End of an Era: V8 Engine Discontinued in Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

The V8 Era Ends

Toyota Australia has announced that the iconic V8-powered LandCruiser 70 Series will be discontinued, with the final models arriving at the end of 2025. The 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8, a staple for 17 years, is being retired due to evolving emissions regulations and "community expectations". However, Toyota isn't leaving us high and dry; they're introducing a manual transmission for the four-cylinder models, starting production this October.

Front view of the facelifted Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series.
The facelifted Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series, showcasing its robust front design.

The LandCruiser 70 Series V8 Is Discontinued, But the Manual Remains

The V8 LandCruiser 70 Series will cease production by September 2024, except for the 79 Series GXL single- and double-cab utes, which will continue until the end of 2025. Toyota is doing its best to fulfill existing V8 orders, after putting V8 orders on hold for nearly two years. As the V8 bids us farewell, the new four-cylinder manual will step in, featuring the same 150kW output but with a slightly lower torque of 450Nm compared to the auto model's 500Nm.

The new manual gearbox for the four-cylinder models is based on the V8's but tweaked for better performance and durability. It boasts unique gear ratios, a robust flywheel, and improved fuel economy. While it lacks some features like Downhill Assist Control, it's built to handle the rugged demands of off-road driving.

A mud-covered 2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series GX Single Cab Chassis towing a caravan in the outback of Australia.
2024 70 Series GX Single Cab Chassis powers through the outback, towing a caravan with ease.

A Strategic Shift

This move marks a strategic pivot for Toyota, driven by both regulatory changes and shifting consumer preferences. The decision to discontinue the V8 was made jointly by Toyota Australia and their head office in Japan. The introduction of the four-cylinder auto last year has seen a healthy uptake, particularly among fleet buyers, and the new manual option is expected to attract more enthusiasts.

2024 79 Series LandCruiser four-cylinder
Toyota Australia introduces a manual transmission option for four-cylinder LandCruiser 70 Series models.

Will V8 Legacy Continues

Since its debut in 2007, the V8 engine has powered over 171,010 LandCruiser 70 Series models in Australia. Thankfully, Toyota hasn’t discontinued the model altogether. While the 2.8-litre four-cylinder nearly matches the V8's power and surpasses it in torque, only time will tell if it can fill the V8's big shoes. And let’s all spare a thought for Brent, who just sold his V8 79 Series last week—another reason for him to miss that beast. The 70 Series will never quite be the same, but its legacy of rugged reliability won't be forgotten.

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