Cruiser 70 gets V6 Hilux power
Toyota has shored up its utilitarian (or is that unbreakable?)
Land-Cruiser 70 range with a host of safety features and newfangled V6
Since its launch (well, locally, anyhow) back in 2007,
the Cruiser 70 has been keenly received by those customers who work (or
play) in the most forbidding off-road conditions imaginable.
solid axles front and rear (with coils at the front wheel corners and
leaf springs aft), augmented by dual axle lockers, traction security in
severely broken terrain, even when cross-axled, is nearly fail-safe in
these Cruiser 70 models.
This the new fascia of the Land Cruiser bakkie. We're not quite sure how fanatical Cruiser bakkie owners will fee about their Kalahari Ferrari's three-spoke steering wheel being replaced by a fat four-spoke item. Airbags a very welcome addition though...
issues since the introduction of the Cruiser 70, really, has been cabin
comfort (the lack of) and the absence of both ABS modulated brakes and
airbags. The absence of those latter two features seriously debiting Cruiser 70's on-road safety suite.
Toyota has now addressed these
qualms with the introduction of both driver and passenger front airbags on
both the bakkie and wagon models.
The driver’s airbag is
housed in a new oversized four-spoke steering wheel (borrowed from the
Cruiser 200), which is buoyed by being telescopically adjustable too.
of dual airbags into the Cruiser 70 cabin mean it now bests Land
Rover’s Defender in the safety stakes. Landy fans will take
point with the lack of ABS modulated brakes on the Cruiser though,
something which Defender has…
To prevent the airbag sensors from
triggering during negligible frontal impacts (especially when off-roading
and hitting the occasional tree or dune base) the front bumper has been
extended by 136mm. Toyota has not specified what impact this has
brought to bear on the Cruiser 70’s approach angle.
airbags, cabin comfort and convenience is further enhanced by a new
TNS510 navigation/audio system featuring auxiliary connectivity
(streaming MP3s), Bluetooth synchronicity and USB connectivity on the
Both five-door and bakkie models benefit from a new
instrument binnacle housing slightly more contemporary engine- and
Wagon cabin features much improved infotainment.
Dune raider now a V6?
Mechanically the major running change is the migration of Hilux’s 4l V6 into the Cruiser bakkie’s engine bay.
Land Cruiser purists the phasing out of the venerable FZ-series in-line
six in favour of a slightly detuned, Hilux sourced, 1GR-FE unit must be a particularly poignant
moment in the brand's history.
In terms of output the new V6
petrol engine is more powerful by 8kW over the 4.5l in-line six it
replaces (producing 170kW), whilst in terms of maximum rotational force
it's 24Nm weaker, peaking at 360Nm.
Engine architecture differs
too. The new V6 features a slightly undersquare bore and stroke
ratio, whilst the 4.5l EFI engine was oversquare. Both engines feature identical 95mm stoke depths, so engine-speed pick-up characteristics (which endeared the 4.5 EFI engine as a dune climber of note) should not alter significantly with the new Hilux engine.
The diesel models still make do with the ancient, though indestructible, naturally aspirated 4.2l in-line six.
these new features have heralded differentiating nomenclature changes
for the Land Cruiser 70 range too, with the bakkie now referred to as a
Series 79 and the wagon Series 76.
Bakkie 4.0 V6 R373 400
Bakkie 4.2 D R398 400
Wagon 4.2 D R449 500