If you need a heavy-duty support vehicle to explore the Outback, the Sahara, or on a round-the-world jaunt, Toyota’s newest addition might be your perfect ride. While Toyota won over African and Outback travelers with the amazing reliability of the 70 Series Land Cruisers, the Land Rover Defender remained the most versatile, configurable platform available thanks to the unmatched capacity and capability of the Defender 130 High-Capacity Crew Cab. However, Toyota is now vying for the title of “most versatile overland platform” with the introduction of the Land Cruiser LC79 Double Cab.
The LC79 will be the fourth body style in the current 70 Series range, joining the single cab chassis, troop carrier and wagon. Standard features include a 34.34 US gallon (130 liter) fuel-tank, five-speed manual transmission, part-time 4WD with two-speed transfer case, anti-lock brakes, raised air intake, improved seats, and upgraded audio. The Double Cab shares the same 4.5L common-rail direct injection 32-valve, intercooled turbo-diesel V8 engine that powers the rest of the 70 Series Cruisers. The Euro IV-compliant engine delivers 202 hp at 3400 rpm and 317 foot-pounds of torque at 1200 rpm.
The Workmate trim includes utilitarian features like 16-inch steel split rims and vinyl flooring, while the upscale GXL version offers front and rear locking differentials, alloy wheels, remote central locking, power windows, carpet and cloth seats.
The LC79 Double Cab will accomodate five adults and the one-ton payload provides plenty of capacity for all the gear required for long range overland travel and the option of slide-in campers.