2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series South African Version

About the Car

The saga of the esteemed Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series enters a new phase with the introduction of an additional powertrain choice to the legendary 4×4, featuring fresh aesthetics, advanced technology, and improved specifications.

Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), suggests that the enhanced Land Cruiser 70 Series will cater to a diverse clientele seeking a resilient and proficient off-road vehicle.


Before this update, the current-generation 70 Series lineup offered a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol inline-6 (in single and double cab pick-ups), a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated diesel, and a 4.5-liter turbo-diesel V8, all paired with a manual transmission.

However, the revamped Land Cruiser now introduces the 1GD 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, marking the first time this combination is available in the 70 Series. All body types are now offered with the 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine. This new powertrain, already proven in various Toyota 4×4 models such as the Hilux, Fortuner, and Prado, delivers a robust 150kW at 3400rpm and 500Nm from 1600-2800rpm.

Numerous mechanical adjustments have been implemented specifically for the 70 Series engine to ensure optimal cooling and performance under challenging conditions and heavy towing loads, while maintaining a robust 3500kg braked towing capacity across all models of the 70 Series.

Continuing from the previous model, the Land Cruiser 70 Series lineup retains its part-time 4×4 system with low-range gearing, durable live axles, and front coil suspension. Additionally, the four-cylinder models now feature front and rear locking differentials, enhancing off-road traction to the fullest.


The refreshed Land Cruiser 70 Series, encompassing the 4.0-liter petrol, 4.2- and 4.5-liter diesel variants available in both pick-up and station wagon configurations, immediately catches the eye with its updated exterior design, paying homage to previous generations of the Land Cruiser.

A newly designed square grille featuring a black mesh pattern and prominent ‘TOYOTA’ lettering commands attention, positioned above a three-slot cooling vent reminiscent of the 75 Series Land Cruiser. Borrowing from the original 40 Series model, a small hood vent sits elegantly above the grille. Enhancing its rugged demeanor, the 70 Series boasts a wide bumper and black overfenders, accentuating its muscular stance, complemented by dark grey metallic 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Station Wagon variant is distinguished by a steel bumper, while the VX model stands out with the addition of a Rockford Fosgate sound system.

Inside, all grades of the 70 Series feature a redesigned center console with a lidded storage box, cupholder, and multiple small item compartments. Station Wagon models are now more versatile with new second-row seats offering 60:40 split-folding functionality, maximizing cargo space when needed.

Upholstery in all variants powered by the 2.8 GD-6 engine is crafted in durable grey fabric, while the Station Wagon VX grades receive luxurious leather upholstery.

Enhancements in safety and convenience include the addition of Downhill Assist Control (DAC) for steady off-road descents in four-cylinder versions, and a new reversing camera for the Station Wagon VX, aiding in parking maneuvers in tight spaces. Press photography of the VX variant showcases an optional fridge accessory offered by Toyota.

The classic color options for the LC70 Series remain unchanged, offering Ivory White, Satin Silver Metallic, Sand Beige, Graphite Grey Metallic, Ruby Metallic, and Dark Blue. Additionally, the LC78 Wagon variant makes a comeback, exclusively available in Attitude Black and Avant-Garde Bronze.

All Land Cruiser 70 Series models come with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and the option to include a 100,000km service plan for added peace of mind.