Consumers in Japan have spoken. They’ve politely however firmly requested Toyota to maintain the magic of the basic Land Cruiser alive, which is why the Land Cruiser 70 Sequence is being reintroduced to the Japanese market, based on Automobile Watch. It’s a major return house for just a few causes, chief amongst these the debut of a full Land Cruiser lineup, however, additionally, for showcasing extraordinary restraint on Toyota’s half, which has left the 70 Sequence — clearly, the one true Land Cruiser — largely untouched. As a result of why repair what ain’t broke?
This marks the primary time shortly that your complete Land Cruiser vary shall be bought in Japan concurrently, together with the “light-duty” 250 Sequence, “heavy-duty” 70 Sequence and “station wagon” 300 Sequence, traditionally often known as simply the Land Cruiser within the U.S., not like on markets overseas. When the 2 new Land Cruisers go on sale in Nippon in 2024, patrons may have a beneficiant alternative of off-roaders, starting from the life-style LC 250, utilitarian LC 70, and top-of-the-line LC 300.
No less than that’s how Toyota formally describes every of the SUV fashions, breaking them down into totally different classes or, somewhat, use instances, on the Land Cruiser’s timeline, which have match quite a lot of wants at totally different occasions:
Toyota is taking the function of the newest 70 Sequence because the utilitarian one fairly critically, saying that its designers have been cautious to replace solely what was “functionally vital.” By Toyota’s personal account, that features the LC’s new, extra environment friendly engine and transmission, in addition to superior security gear.
The upcoming Land Cruiser 70 Sequence shall be powered by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-four engine making 201 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The direct-injection turbodiesel is paired with a six-speed automated transmission, which is managed electronically. That’s a major quantity of energy beneath that of the two.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain of the 250 Sequence, which makes 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. Then once more the 70 is barely smaller than the 250: the 70 being 73.6 inches huge, 75.6 inches tall, and 192.5 inches lengthy with a wheelbase of 107.5 inches. That’s smaller in each metric besides top, which is important for off-roading.
Oh, and spot how significantly better lighter wheels look than dark-colored wheels? The distinction is kind of apparent when wanting on the 70 and 250 Sequence facet by facet. Let’s face it, silver wheels and chunky sidewalls are simply higher.
The brand new LC 70 will even embody Toyota’s Security Sense, which incorporates issues like dynamic cruise management, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and lane hint help, amongst different options. The headlights of the brand new 70 Sequence have additionally been up to date, whereas the tail lights are basic off-roader. Apart from the few modifications, the 70 Sequence retains its timeless design even on the within. That’s, so long as you don’t thoughts an austere, purposeful cabin. The one factor that’s dangerous about this new launch is that, regardless of the drivetrain and security advances, it’s unlikely Toyota will promote the brand new 70 Sequence, the one true Land Cruiser, within the U.S.