2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Wagon South African Version

About the Car

The saga of the esteemed Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series is poised for its next installment, marked by the introduction of a fresh powertrain choice to the legendary 4×4 emblem. This iteration boasts novel styling, advanced technology, and augmented specifications.

Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), notes that the enhanced Land Cruiser 70 Series caters to a diverse clientele seeking resilience and prowess in their off-road endeavors.


Up until now, the prevailing 70 Series lineup has featured a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated petrol inline-6 (available in single and double cab pick-ups), a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated diesel, and a 4.5-liter turbo-diesel V8, all united with manual transmissions.

However, the enhanced Land Cruiser ushers in a new era by integrating the 1GD 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, a first for the 70 Series. This engine variant is available across all body styles. Over the years, Toyota’s 2.8-liter four-cylinder powertrain has garnered acclaim in various 4×4 models like the Hilux, Fortuner, and Prado, boasting a robust output of 150kW at 3400rpm and 500Nm from 1600-2800rpm.

Specific modifications have been implemented to the engine exclusively for the 70 Series to optimize cooling and performance in challenging conditions and during heavy towing, while ensuring all models maintain a formidable 3500kg braked towing capacity.

As previously, the Land Cruiser 70 Series range retains its part-time 4×4 system with low-range gearing, robust live axles, and front coil suspension. The four-cylinder models introduce front and rear locking differentials, elevating off-road traction to unparalleled levels.


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

A new square grille adorned with a black mesh pattern and ‘TOYOTA’ lettering commands attention, positioned atop a three-slot cooling vent reminiscent of the 75 Series Land Cruiser, while a petite hood vent pays tribute to the original 40 Series model. Enhancing its robust stance are a broad bumper and black overfenders, accentuating the 70 Series’ muscular presence, complemented by dark grey metallic 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Station Wagon variant boasts a steel bumper, while the VX edition distinguishes itself with the inclusion of a Rockford Fosgate sound system.

Furthermore, all 70 Series trims feature an updated center console featuring a lidded storage box, cupholder, and multiple small item compartments. Station Wagon versions are enhanced with new second-row seats featuring 60:40 split-folding functionality, facilitating cargo space optimization when needed.

Models powered by the 2.8 GD-6 engine showcase durable grey fabric upholstery, while Station Wagon VX grades offer the luxury of leather upholstery.

The four-cylinder iterations now benefit from Downhill Assist Control (DAC), ensuring controlled descents during off-road adventures by automatically modulating the brakes on steep declines. Additionally, the Station Wagon VX variant receives a new reversing camera, simplifying parking maneuvers in tight spaces. (Note: Press photography of the VX variant displays an optional fridge accessory provided by Toyota.)

Maintaining its timeless appeal, the LC70 Series offers a classic color palette including Ivory White, Satin Silver Metallic, Sand Beige, Graphite Grey Metallic, Ruby Metallic, and Dark Blue. 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 for a 100,000km service plan.