July 14, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series will no longer be offered with a V8 diesel engine, now features new five-speed manual transmission

The Toyota Land Cruiser 70-Series will commemorate its 40th anniversary in 1985, and it remains incredibly popular in various global markets. It continues to sell well, prompting Toyota to invest in the model. The vehicle is set to receive a new five-speed manual transmission, but it will no longer be equipped with a V8 engine.

Introduced in 2007, the 4.5-liter turbodiesel V8 will be produced until all existing orders are fulfilled. Toyota has a substantial backlog to address, having stopped accepting orders for the engine nearly two years ago. The final V8-powered Wagon, Troop Carrier, WorkMate, and GX models will be manufactured in September 2024, while the 79-Series will see the discontinuation of its eight-cylinder engine in late 2025.

According to Toyota, the decision to phase out the turbodiesel V8 was “inevitable due to changing regulations.” Sean Hanley, the vice president of sales, marketing, and franchise operations for Toyota’s Australian division, stated that “the only option was to discontinue this model — and that was not a viable choice.” Since 1985, Toyota has sold 346,742 units of the 70-Series in Australia, with 171,010 featuring the V8 engine.

Looking to the future, the 70-Series will only be available with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine introduced in 2023. Adopted from the Hilux pickup, it produces 201 horsepower between 3,200 and 3,400 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque from 1,600 to 3,000 rpm. In comparison, the outgoing V8 generated 202 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 316 pound-feet of torque at 1,200 rpm. Beginning in October 2024, the turbo-four will be paired with an enhanced version of the V8’s five-speed manual transmission with revised gear ratios. The first, second, and third gears have been shortened for improved acceleration, while a longer fifth gear enhances fuel efficiency and reduces noise during highway cruising.

Pricing details and performance specifications will be disclosed later in 2024. Despite being one of the oldest SUVs on the market, the Land Cruiser 70-Series is renowned for its durability and off-road prowess. It remains highly coveted in the Australian market, with organizations like the Red Cross relying on it in regions with challenging terrain. While there are no indications of it being available in other markets, its timeless appeal persists.

FAQs

1. Will the 70-Series continue to be produced without a V8 engine?

Yes, starting from late 2025, the 70-Series will exclusively feature a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

2. How does the new engine compare to the previous V8 in terms of performance?

The new engine delivers slightly lower horsepower but higher torque compared to the outgoing V8, offering improved efficiency and performance.

Conclusion

As Toyota phases out the V8 engine in the Land Cruiser 70-Series, it marks the end of an era for this iconic model. The introduction of a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine signals a shift towards greater efficiency and modernization while retaining the vehicle’s legendary off-road capabilities. The 70-Series continues to hold a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts and remains a staple in markets where ruggedness and reliability are paramount.

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