Toyota launches twin-cab ‘Cruiser

Demand from the booming mining sector and from others requiring a rugged dual purpose vehicle has prompted Toyota to develop a double cab version of the venerable LandCruiser 70-Series.

Australia will be the first market in the world to get the new LC79 double cab, which builds on the vehicle’s tough, practical design.

On sale in late September 2012 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 featuring a 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.

The 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, over-fender flares, remote central locking, differential locks, fog lamps, power windows, carpet and cloth seats. It is priced from $67,990.

All nine LandCruiser 70 Series models share the 32-valve V8 turbo diesel engine with common-rail direct injection and an intercooler. The Euro 4-compliant V8 engine delivers 151 kW of power at 3400 rpm and peak torque of 430 Nm which is reached at just 1200 rpm and maintained all the way to 3200 rpm.

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