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Toyota LandCruiser 70

LandCruiser 70

Make: Toyota

Model: LandCruiser 70

Released: Jan 1970

Toyota logo1 Mar 2007

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

THE 2007 LandCruiser 70 Series featured a new 4.5-litre common-rail direct-injection intercooled turbo-diesel V8 and a wagon variant of the workhorse range (which continued in cab-chassis and troop carrier guise as well) also became available for the first time.

Replacing the previous 4.2-litre naturally aspirated and turbocharged six-cylinder oil-burners, Toyota’s first turbo-diesel V8 engine met the Euro IV emissions standard and produced 151kW at 3400rpm and 430Nm from 1200rpm to 3200rpm.

The new turbo-diesel V8 engine, which became standard across the 70 Series range, had 23.7 per cent more power and 13.1 per cent more torque than the previous six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.

Fuel economy also improved slightly for the respective models over the superseded straight-six turbo-diesel.

Other mechanical changes to the range included a wider track, revised suspension and improved steering feel.

The full range of cab-chassis, wagon and troop carrier models also gained an engine immobiliser, CD player with MP3 compatibility and a new grille, headlamps, front fenders and front bumpers.

September 2009 saw the 70 Series range receive a technical upgrade led by a new 200-Series LandCruiser-style dashboard to house standard driver and front passenger airbags - but still no anti-lock brakes.

Also included was a reach-adjustable four-spoke steering wheel, revised instruments with adjustable illumination, interior bottle holder, new head restraints and an upgraded sound system with USB interface and hands-free Bluetooth connectivity.

Outside, the 70 Series ute, wagon and Troopie were differentiated by revised front bumpers and a new chromed V8 badge instead of the current ‘4500 V8’ decal.

Fuel consumption reduced by almost half a litre per 100km, from 11.9 to 11.5L/100km.

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