Toyota LC70 Series upgraded at Broken Hill

How good is the new LC70 Series

LC70 – Toyota has just launched an updated model for their LC70 Series work Utes, wagon, and troop carrier.

Toyota LandCruiser 70 series Ute at silverton Hotel

These popular 4WD vehicles have been so popular that Toyota had to place a hold on orders because of global component supply issues. The backlog is now clearing, helped by the introduction of the 4 Cylinder version.

The LC70 Series comes in four body styles the single cab chassis and dual cab chassis, troop carrier and wagon.

It comes with a choice of two engines that defines the transmission choices.

  • The traditional 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbodiesel V8 engine and five-speed manual transmission.
  • The modified 1GD 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota LandCruiser 70 series Ute 4 cylinder engine The benefits of the 1GD 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine

  • Same power and 70Nm more torque
  • Same torque at 1200rpm as V8 peak torque
  • Automatic transmission with torque converter
  • More functionality, with DAC, 2nd gear start, PWR haul functionality.
  • Better economy and lower emissions
  • Lighter body weight and more payload
  • Around $4,000 cheaper in every model variant.

2024 Toyota LC70 Series NML_2260

The LC70 Series 4WD’s are legendary for a reason, they are awesome.

But They are expensive, very expensive.

Buyers now have a choice between the traditional V8 and the cheaper, modified 4 Cylinder with an Automatic transmission and a bunch of extra functionalities that comes with that.

It’s a no brainer really, the 4 Cylinder is better in almost 99% of applications.

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2024 Toyota LC70 Series NML_2902

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2024 Toyota LC70 GXL Wagon 4

What is good?

  • Rugged and robust 4WD
  • Automatic transmission
  • Towing capability

What is not so good?

  • RIP V8
  • Still very expensive
  • Ute exterior mirrors are ridiculous

Toyota LC70 Upgrade Video

 

2024 Toyota LC70 GXL Wagon interior compilation

Toyota LC70 Series Final thoughts

The LC70 Series 4WD’s are legendary for a reason, they are bloody awesome.

They are expensive, very expensive.

I have always loved the 4.5L V8 in the 70 series. And always wanted an AT for it. It sounds angry and that’s a good thing.

Most of what is good about the upgrades are because of the automatic transmission fitted. This came about because of the 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine.

Buyers now have a choice between the traditional V8 and the cheaper, modified 4 Cylinder with an Automatic transmission and a bunch of extra functionalities that comes with that.

It’s a no brainer really, the 4 Cylinder is better in almost 99% of applications.

2024 Toyota LC70 GXL Wagon 1

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.