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11th October, 2012

Demand from the booming mining sector and from others requiring a rugged vehicle has prompted Toyota to develop a double-cab version for its venerable 70-Series Land Cruiser range.

Australia is the first market in the world to get the new LC79 double cab, which builds on the vehicle's tough, practical design. Now on sale, priced from $63,990*, it will be the fourth body style in the range, joining the single cab-chassis, troop carrier and wagon.

The new variant comes in two grades, Workmate and GXL, both with 130-litre fuel-tank capacity, 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine, five-speed manual transmission and part-time 4WD with two-speed transfer case.

The new double cab also benefits from production upgrades to the range, including anti-skid brakes on all grades, air-inlet snorkel mounted on the A pillar, improved seats, in-dash multi-function clock and audio/CD system with Bluetooth hands-free, audio streaming and voice-recognition phone/audio.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said mining companies and other regional and rural communities had been keenly waiting for the arrival of the new double cab.

"The 70-Series is so popular for the really tough jobs that customers have been modifying the wagon version to provide the flexibility of a double-cab ute," Mr Callachor said.

"The double cab will carry five adults as well as providing a one-tonne payload for their heavy gear, such as surveying equipment," he said.

"For other customers, including farmers, the large cabin will allow the kids to ride along, while also offering the touring benefits of a dual-cab ute along with the legendary Land Cruiser toughness."

The 70-Series range has been available in various guises for several decades. The wagon version and the 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 were introduced as part of a major facelift in 2007. All variants adopted driver and front-passenger airbags in 2009.

Customer loyalty is remarkably strong, with many buyers replacing an existing Land Cruiser 70-series vehicle due to its capabilities in rough conditions such as heavily corrugated unsealed roads.

In mine pits, the vehicles and their owners have to cope with extreme dust in the dry and thick mud in the wet. Some vehicles are also be fitted with rail arms to travel on train rails.

Double-cab Workmate comes with 16-inch steel split rims, aluminium side steps, vinyl seat facings and floor coverings, black bumpers and the extra-cost option of diff locks.

The GXL version gains 16-inch alloy wheels, mudguard flares, remote central locking, differential locks, fog lamps, power windows, carpet and cloth seats. It is priced from $67,990*.

Seven exterior colours are offered.

All nine Land Cruiser 70 Series models share the 32-valve V8 turbo-diesel engine with common-rail direct injection and an intercooler.

The Euro IV-compliant V8 engine delivers 151 kW of power at 3,400 rpm and replaces six-cylinder diesel and turbo-diesel engines. Peak torque of 430 Nm is reached at just 1,200 rpm and held all the way to 3,200 rpm - the flattest torque curve among all of Toyota's engines.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Prices*

Workmate $59,990*
GXL $64,290*

Troop carrier
Workmate $65,790*
GXL $67,990*

Single cab
Workmate $58,790*
GX $60,790*
GXL $62,790*

Double cab
Workmate $63,990*
GXL $67,990*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications. E&OE.


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