If we look at the Toyota South Africa website, the Land Cruiser 79 is there. The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series is considered one of the most indestructible, daring and steadfast car lines of all time. The vehicle has stood the test of time and has been South Africa’s most preferred 4 × 4 vehicle for over 60 years. In this article, we’ll take a look at what’s on offer on the Toyota Land Cruiser in South Africa.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 engine

Three engines are offered on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79. Two of them are diesel engines while there is only one gasoline engine offered. The smallest diesel engine is a 4.2-liter four-cylinder producing 126 hp and 280 Nm of torque. The gasoline engine is an naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V6 engine. That’s 227 hp of power and 360 Nm of torque. Finally, the larger 4.5-liter V8 diesel engine produces 202 hp and 430 Nm of torque. The V8 engine has a top speed of 160 km / h. Along with these engine variants, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series is offered with the option of single cab, all double cabs on diesel and gasoline V8 variants.

Toyota Land Cruiser front

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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Design

The Land Cruiser 70 has a very basic design but it is quite timeless. This pickup truck features the iconic Land Cruiser single ribbon grille up front. The hood is fairly flat and the overall design of the vehicle is boxy. It has a bumper that is set high enough and the fog lights are built into the bumper. Depending on the variant you choose, the size of the board changes. There is a spare wheel which is fitted to the rear of the cab, which makes it easy to access. The very notable feature of the V8 is the snorkel supplied as standard.

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Don’t be fooled by its old-fashioned appearance, the Land Cruiser comes with some basic safety features you get on entry-level sedans. It is fitted with two airbags as standard. This has a front disc and rear drum brake setup. Other security features include an anti-theft system, childproof lock, wireless door lock and rear window defogger.

Toyota Land Cruiser V8

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In terms of dimensions, the 70 series is 5,095 mm long. It has a ground clearance of 235 mm and the approach angle is 36 °. The starting angle is 27 ° and the overhang is 710 mm. The Land Cruiser sports a wheelbase of 3180 mm. This pickup has a height of 1955 mm.

Side Toyota Land Cruiser V8

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Toyota has no plans to ditch the Land Cruiser 70 series. They have become important because of the high torque levels required in heavy trucks, which is exactly where the Land Cruiser excels. The only replacement that could occur in the future is that an electric alternative is introduced by Toyota for the Land Cruiser series. If we look at the price of this vehicle, it is more expensive than the Toyota Fortuner. Also, the heritage of this vehicle in India is not known and the simple and basic design at this price point would not be appreciated. We think Toyota Hilux makes more sense because it is a modern offering. Also, since the Hilux is based on the Fortuner platform, it would be easier to manufacture in India. Finally, the brand already has plans to bring the Hilux to India.

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