The tough-as-nails Series70 Land Cruiser family has just had a double cab to the range.
The new body style – which is the fourth member of the venerable 70-Series range alongside the existing (albeit subtly revised) Single Cab, Station Wagon and Wagon (aka troop carrier).
“The Double Cab will carry five adults in comfort without sacrificing the one-ton payload (920kg for the diesel and 1005kg for the petrol model) or the Land Cruiser’s legendary toughness – in short, it delivers go-anywhere carrying capacity in style,” says Toyota South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing Communications, Kerry Roodt.
Engine choices include the 4.2-litre diesel engine which is available across the range. It produces 96 kW at 3800 rpm while offering 285 Nm of torque from a low 2200 rpm. There’s also the option of the 4.0-litre petrol power plant on the Land Cruiser 79 Single Cab and Double Cab. Power comes in at 170 kW at 5600 rpm and torque is pegged at 360 Nm at 3800 rpm.
All models come standard with a differential lock, five-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive system with hardy low-range transfer box for staggering off-road ability. The new ABS braking system operates when the vehicle is in H2 and H4 modes (except when differential locks are engaged). As before brakes are ventilated discs at the front and rear disc brakes.
Driver and front passenger airbags are standard across the board and the characteristic extended front bumper prevents unnecessary airbag response.
Suspension is the combination of live axles front and rear with coil springs at the front and leaf springs bringing up the rear. Bear in mind though that a spring rate that favours ride quality over absolute load carrying capacity is used for both the coil and leaf springs on the Station Wagon and Double Cab as opposed to the heavier duty spring rate of the Single Cab Pick-up.
Toyota Land Cruiser 76 Station Wagon (4.2 Diesel) – R506 700;
Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Wagon (4.2 Diesel) – R484 000;
Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Pick-Up Single Cab (4.0 Petrol) – R417 900;
Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Pick-Up Single Cab (4.2 Diesel) – R444 800;
Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Pick-Up Double Cab (4.0 Petrol) – R463 900;
Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Pick-Up Double Cab (4.2 Diesel) – R487 000;