2013 Toyota LandCruiser 70-Series Dual-Cab

Steane Klose | Mar 2, 2012

UPDATE: LandCruiser 70 Series dual-cab now on sale in Australia.

The ultimate dual-cab ute could be as little as eight months away. A TMR source has confirmed that Toyota will be introducing a dual-cab ute version of its 70-Series LandCruiser, and we should see it as early as October this year.

Demand for a dual-cab 70-Series ute is coming from the mining sector, which currently predominantly uses the lighter duty Toyota Hilux and similar IFS (independent front suspension) dual-cab models from other manufacturers.

Given its intended market, we believe there will be two or three specification levels only, all being variations of the same basic, vinyl floored theme.

With air-conditioning and a radio being mandatory, trim variations, wheel and tyre combinations and diff-locks will be some of the major items that will separate the different specifications.

We expect the new dual-cab will share its wheelbase with the current 79 Series LandCruiser single-cab ute and like the rest of the range, be available with a manual transmission only (there are three models presently available in the collective 70-Series range, the 79-Series single-cab ute, the 78-Series Troop Carrier and the 76-Series wagon).

It’s reasonable to assume that the 70-Series dual-cab will be powered by the same 4.5-litre V8 D4D turbo-diesel engine (the mines have plenty of experience with this unit already) that is used throughout the current 70-Series range.

That means an unstressed 151kW of power and 430Nm of torque, all available nice and low in the rev-range.

Underneath will be the same robust live-axle suspension, with coil springs up front and leaf-springs in the rear.

A 70-Series dual-cab ute will be one of only two dual-cabs on the Australian market that continue to run front and rear live-axle suspension (the other being the Defender 130), giving it significant appeal to the four-wheel-drive faithful looking for a tough, no-nonsense family-friendly touring vehicle.

We've heard that the aftermarket industry has seen the new 70-Series dual-cab, which means a range of major accessories will be available from the day they first go on sale.

If the idea of owning the strongest dual-cab ute on the market appeals, you're only real concern is going to be getting your order in before all those cashed-up mining companies crash through Toyota's doors.

UPDATE: LandCruiser 70 Series dual-cab now on sale in Australia.

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  • Martin says,
    3 years ago
    5 likes
    Wow... I am truly amazed they only managed that much power and torque from a massive 4.5L Diesel.

    There are diesel engines half the size that produce roughly the same amount of power and torque.

    Absolutely pathetic coming from the worlds biggest car maker.
    • Tim O'Brien says,
      3 years ago
      14 likes
      What we've got here funsters is a discussion about nothing.

      Toyota is quite capable - like any carmaker, or even tuning shop for that matter - of building a diesel engine with any torque and power figure that you might reasonably name.

      What figures they settle on is largely to do with three things: purpose, reliability and available fuel quality.

      A high output engine needs the best fuels. Until not so long ago, we were denied the high output diesels running around on European roads because Australian diesel fuel was a 'heavy distillate': high in sulphur and of a lower grade.

      It was ok for trucks and tractors - ie. constant load applications - but not much good for anything else.

      That changed when our diesel fuel standards were brought in line with the Euro 'low sulphur content' diesel fuel standards.

      But anyone who has copped a bucket a bad fuel (and there's occasionally a bit about) knows that it wreaks havoc with a high output diesel... it knocks its head off, blows smoke like an old kero burner and also leaves a nice layer of carbon and other crap coating internal components and otherwise sitting everywhere it shouldn't.

      You won't find many high-output diesels plying the back-roads of emerging countries in middle Africa, or in Mongolia, Tibet, India, Indonesia... etc. (You can check the ranking of countries on their fuel standards at the International Fuel Quality Centre, www.ifqc.org)

      But you will find a lot of Toyota workhorses slugging it out on highways, backroads, goat-tracks and 'where the hell's the track' tracks in these countries.

      Sure, the models we get here from Toyota's commercial division are tuned and set-up for Australia. Work trucks like the 70 Series Landcruiser are strong and understressed as all get-out.

      They're engineered for hauling in and out of mines in Meekatharra or Newman, or crawling around Cape York until the end of time (or a bit longer), and not built for the quick dash to snow (dahlings) nor shuffling the fruit of the loins to ballet classes.

      And, while 'adjusted' for local fuel standards and local operating conditions, the industrial-strength 70 Series is essentially from a global catalogue designed for global applications.

      Given the choices we've got in the commercial 4WD market, if I was buying a workhorse, I'd go with the understressed unit every time.

      Most of us would, wouldn't we?

      (Whoops, rabbited on a bit there...)

      Tim





      • daryl1976 says,
        3 years ago
        2 likes
        Plenty of D4D V8s with issues, just ask the mines. Get any bad batch of fuel with the D4D four or eight and you'll be up for new injectors and a new common rail. $10k for the 4cyl and $20k for the V8. Low outputs aren't making them reliable and bad fuel doesn't just make them run rough, it kills them. Damage from dirty fuel isn't covered by warranty either.
        • mech76 says,
          2 years ago
          1 like
          There is really no problem with the D4D V8 or 4 cylinder hilux. Most of the problems can be attributed to poor operator care. Most people on a mine site (or company car) drive the equipment and look after it like they stole it. Most of the fuel problems come from losing fuel caps or caps no correctly fitted. Water and mud gets into the fuel tanks from the high pressure vehicle wash stations and from flooded roads in the wet season. The filters can only control so much debris. The majority of privately owned vehicles I have worked with do not have problems. I have seen the same problems occur earlier on all brands used on a mine site. The Landcruiser handles the abuse better than the other makes, but is alot more costly when it does succumb to the abuse and neglect.

          With more and more electronics and tighter emission requirements being placed on vehicles people are going to see more reliability issues, because gone are the days of keeping working vehicles simple.

          Being a mechanic I rarely hear about how good a vehicle is. Lets face it, most people want to get in a car turn the key and it goes. They do not understand or really care how it works and what can damage it mechanically, they just want a car that does not break down. The one thing that can make one car more reliable than another is the care from the driver. After seeing the abuse a Landcruiser can handle I am considering upgrading my single cab to a dual cab.

          • Rossi46 says,
            2 years ago
            1 like
            I know this is a late reply, but I have 2010 hilux TD and have had it serviced every 2-3 months at Toyota due to the high km's I do, I've never missed one and have everything done by the book. My engine just blew last week blew hole through 1 piston and cracked the other 3 they found metal in the tank which has damaged injector pump and injectors, 4 weeks ago it was in for fuel light on, filter changed, it was in for the same thing in ***h, I'm pretty fussy when it comes to my car and have taken all care I can to look after it, who,s at fault here?
        • Stuart says,
          2 years ago
          Wrong it does not cost that much to replace injectors they are roughly 1000 each. it is covered under warrenty if the fuel is bought from a fuel station not a farm fuel bouser.
      • dave says,
        3 years ago
        Your exactly right Tim!
      • Stuart says,
        2 years ago
        ure an idiot drive a landcruiser with 3.5 ton and any other brand ute claiming the same towing capacity and tell me that its under powered. you probably dont even own or have never even drive one
      • Alan says,
        2 years ago
        Could not have said it better my self.
    • Jeremy says,
      3 years ago
      5 likes
      There far from pathetic ! I have a vdj that has done over 400,000 kms and has had no trouble , alot more than I can say for an engine half the size putting out the same power !
    • Ben says,
      2 years ago
      3 likes
      That's because they will do 1,000,000 ks. Not like your gay ass 2.5 liter Navara that might do 100 before it blows up. Think about it. You can't beat cubes.
      • Ricky Osborn says,
        2 years ago
        1 like
        I could not agree with you more. The Toyota Landcruiser has always been, and will always be light years ahead of the Patrol. The Hilux ( Vigo ) has also proved to be a much better car. I have owned all four vehicles. I am ashamed to admit i once owned a Nissan Patrol with a XD30 engine. I dont know which is worst, that, or the YD22 from the Xtrail. I have a 1997 Landcruiser with an IHD-T, and every time i drive it, i fall in love with it again after 16 years. 325,000 km on it, engine has never failed, although i drop the oil every 2500km. I do not own a Navara, but i have a few friends that do, and they alll have the same problemas, faulty turbo chargers that sound like you're being chased by an ambulance, and engine knock fue to low quality injectors. If you HAVE to buy a Nissan, make sure it is the earlier model of the Navara, with the 3.2 L diesel, Patrol 4.2 diesel, or if your wallet is thick enough, the TB48DE. For Toyota, what can I say, its a Toyota smile
    • Keith says,
      2 years ago
      Yes there are smaller engines with as much power but try getting 500-750,000 Kim's without a rebuild, the smaller engines are so stressed and reliability will always be an issue as time goes on regardless of technology, cars are a disposable item these days so most car makers assume we will only have our cars for a couple of years. The Landcruiser makes its power with ease and responds quite well to any performance improvements. Toyota could produce much more power from this engine but why? These trucks perform well from factory and they will tow 3.5t all day everyday, not many small capacity diesels will do this without issues.
      • Merv says,
        9 months ago
        If you don't have a cruiser or a patrol I would some thought to the Isuzu Dmax. I had one for 3 years towing about 4 tonne...lots of k's and no problems at all. I have a 2013 cruiser dual cab now and love it although it uses 40%more fuel it tows much better.
  • paddy says,
    3 years ago
    3 likes
    Remember Martin that it isn't all about output. I'm sure reliability, engine wear/etc will be enhanced with this engine, which is built more to be rugged and hardwearing than a high-performance machine. Regardless, 70-series has a good heritage even if Defender/G-Wagen is still my thing.
    • murray says,
      3 years ago
      V8 70 series Cruiser worst motor in one of the worst Landcruisers ever! The mines have started bringing in LHD 1HZ's from South Africa, others are trialling Mahindra's. They have all the follies of a modern motor with none of the benefits.
      • ricardo says,
        3 years ago
        2 likes
        Which mines are utilising L H Drive 70 series with the 1hz , be very interesting to hear i run a large fleet & would love to find out how this has been acheived.
        • murray says,
          3 years ago
          1 like
          Underground sites in QLD and some in WA don't have specific sites basically the LHD drive machines will never see the road. Once you stop road registering them a whole lot of import issues go away like emissions and ADR's.
        • Tommo says,
          2 years ago
          I lived in south Africa
          For 5 years and had a land cruiser but as I recall can't remember seeing a left hand drive one
          Except when I worked in Congo or Nigeria and Chad
      • Stuart says,
        2 years ago
        it is illegal to run any vehicle in a mine sight which is not ADR approved. a LH vehicle is not ADR approved there for not aloud on a mind sight.
        • mech76 says,
          2 years ago
          1 like
          A vehicle on a mine site only has to meet ADR if is registered to work on a public road. As long as a vehicle meets the safety requirements of the mine it is acceptable for mine use. Many sites use non ADR compliant and imported left hand drive vehicles. Off road vehicle do not have to meet the same emission rules as ADR vehicles. I have never seen a LHD or a Cat off road machine that is ADR complient.
  • Jack Guthrie says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    smileWill there be the 90 litre tank from the wagon chassis or the long range 180 litre tank seen in the current single cab variant.
  • Jack Guthrie says,
    3 years ago
    Martin, torque is limited buy the exhaust and so is the power. this is for reliability and the lasting of the engine. you can optimize torque and power by changing the exhaust to increase the output. but this can be expensive and will void warranty.
  • Martin says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    My point being, since they are the biggest automaker, I expected them be able to lower the capacity while maintaining power, torque, efficiency AND reliability.

    But clearly they can't... or maybe they choose not to bother, knowing the hordes of sheep will still buy their outdated cars anyway?
    • crabapple says,
      3 years ago
      I think you miss the point of these vehicles Martin. The push for smaller engines with higher outputs isn't something that works in a 4WD that is used offroad or to tow / work.

      The smaller turbo engines have zip until they come on boost, then rev their nut off before falling in a heap like all diesels before 5000rpm. That's no good for off-road work, no good for towing.

      If you want the ultimate 4WD/work vehicle, the 70 series is it, partly because they have an engine perfectly suited to their purpose.

      It's why the die hards still want a 4.2 Patrol or a 3.9 Isuzu powered Landrover. They are simply more fit for purpose.

      Which is why 70 series troopies and Landcruiser 200s sell so well to the mining sector I suppose? I live out here, they're everywhere.
    • Cruiser user says,
      3 years ago
      5 likes
      Sounds like your a jealous Nissan, oops , sorry, (Datsun) Patrol owner who can't afford the best there is Martin. It's ok mate you will grow up one day.r
  • mark says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    Guy's, I think you are all missing the point. It's a robust heavy duty duel cab ute that Toyota and/or Nissan should have released a couple decades ago, when cruisers and patrols 1st went on the market. Don't feak out about current power figures, that's what aftermarket chips n exhausts are forsmile This can only be a good thing, and will certainly save me runing the 9" grinder through my current Patrol to do the conversion
  • peter christie says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    cant wait contact me as soon as a price is available.
  • Jeff says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    I can not wait to find out for sure if Toyota will bring this out and when. Then its a case of how long will it take to get one from order if they are priced right and therefore very popular. I'd really appreciate anyone who really knows more about this vehicles likely release date, specs and pricing as I'm keen as
    • peter says,
      2 years ago
      toyota australia have confirmed the release but no definite date should be october 2012 ,Ihave placed an order and it has been accepted
  • Luigi says,
    3 years ago
    Let me know when they are available. About time toyota.
  • Qld says,
    2 years ago
    It would be the best thing Toyota ever did. I'v currently got a converted one myself, love it, best all round 4wd. But I'm selling ir due to other interests. So if anyone interested its got 130 000km, white, tuff bull bar with side steps an dual side rails, removable ladder racks, 3" head bar, tool boxes in wheel wells, 3" exhaust system, modual computer system which allows u to select 4 different power mods, 100psi rear air bags, alloy mags, good condition 0428420508
    • Michael says,
      2 years ago
      Leaf springs? Pffttt!
      Buy the Land Rover Defender dual cab with coils every time.
      • mark says,
        2 years ago
        defenders ok if you are a stick insect.As for the new dual cab from toyota DoHHH. I just took the grinder to my new 70 series Cab chassis to extend it!! Never mind its the motors, 4WD ability and towing prowess why we buy these poorly up to date dinasoars.Mark
      • Grubar Grubinski says,
        2 years ago
        5 likes
        If Land Rovers were so good, every Aboriginal up here in Arnhemland would be driving one. BUT NO, their vehicle of choice every time is a Toyota, because they're tough and reliable. If you ever make it up here in your Landy, and you see the local Aboriginals waving at you, they aren't waving, they are pointing you out to their kids, "hey look at the whiteman can't afford a Toyota."biggrin
        • barry says,
          2 years ago
          1 like
          They also drink VB up there so that tells me they have no taste either in 4wds or beer. Mate all this talk about how good Toyotas are. I drove a pipeline (Goat track) for 5 years in QLD got a new toyota tray back ever 14 months broke every one of them. One truck cost $20000 to get it road worthy for auction. I read an acticle once that toyota build what the majority of it customers want most of these vehicles do a couple of fishing trips a year and the rest is highway commuting. toyotas gearing is perfect for highway cruising. Give me a high speed tractor any day an absolute pig on the bitumen to drive but then when its in the bush with its low low gearing and 45 degree approach and departure angle 3500kg towing ability a carrying capacity of over a tonne there is only one truck I can think of the rest are cars.
          • Jim Murphy says,
            2 years ago
            Barry, to go through one cruiser every 14 months just shows you cant drive or maintain one. Treat it like you own it regardless of who does. We have operated a fleet of cruiser tray tops of every model since inception on a million acre property in the worst conditions imaginable. A lot of scrub bashing, overloading, chasing down and rolling feral bulls in desert conditions, 50 plus celcius etc. The secret is to read the conditions correctly and only thrash it when you have to, put it over the pit and service it religiously, and above all never drive it over 80 miles (130)km per hour. You will get 10 years hard work out of them.
  • peter says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    all I can say is I own one ,I love it in the wagon version and Ijust ordered a new dual cab and cant wait to get it, if you dont own one and havent driven one for more than 5 minutes you cant comment, we have 11 toyotas and I personally have had 9 myself this is the best diesel yet
  • Louie says,
    2 years ago
    Talking to my local dealer yesterday and he confirmed that this model is coming by the end of the year.
  • Viktor says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Hi, I'm in a family of six people will the duel cab have six seats or only five like the rest of the duel cabs on the market. What is the towing capacity as i have a 3500 kg caravan. Cheers Vik
  • darryl says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Bloody ugliest toyota yet. Shame they cater to the mining sector so much as there are plenty of buyers apart from them.
  • Nath says,
    2 years ago
    3 likes
    Love the look to bad it is going to be a huge flop I just heard that for any government department to purchase a new car it must be 5 star ancap and I also know for a fact that bhp will not let any light vehicles on site unless they meet 5 star ancap and more mine are to follow love the engine just needs a sixth gear
    • mech76 says,
      2 years ago
      Most vehicles only meet 5 star Ancap ratings as tested from the factory no accessories. Once bull bars, rops, service or specialised bodies and heavier more durable suspension are fitted to these vehicles handling and crash dynamics change. Some of the stability programs have difficulty dealing with different bodies and weight distribution (weed spray tanks).
      • bj74 says,
        2 years ago
        They're actually killing off the 7x series after 2013 because of this and making the hilux 5 star ncap rating so Toyota won't be doing the 70 series anymore
        • Stuart says,
          2 years ago
          wrong they are not going to do that
  • Annie says,
    2 years ago
    Does anyone know of a price yet?
  • Mr Toyota International says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    I will have a small allocation of the 70 Series DUAL CAB available by September 2012.

    My only issue is it will be available ONLY for the mining sector as it will be supplied with the 1HZ 4.0 litre diesel. I should have the full specification by next month.

  • Don Matheson says,
    2 years ago
    Finally some one has woken up at TOYOTA , I will be able to replace my 99 105 customized cruiser without going to the chop shop.
  • Chook says,
    2 years ago
    Ricardo, get in contact with a company called Murray engineering. They are bringing them in as left hand drive from overseas somewhere. Quick tray conversion and your good to go underground. purchase price around 40 large ones.
  • Spiros Yiannakis says,
    2 years ago
    When can we expect the 2013 Toyota LandCruiser 70-Series Dual-Cab to be launched on the market, will they be available for export to Africa and what will be the approximate price range.
    Thank you and regards,

    Spiros
  • Shannon says,
    2 years ago
    Does anyone no the latest news wene the duel cab cruiser will be in oz.
  • Shannon says,
    2 years ago
    Hi I get my duel cab in December will post info wene I receive
    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      Hi I get my duel cab in December will post info wene I receive


      OK, fill us in

    • FrugalOne says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      This vehicle has the AUS record, near $70k and air.con [not PP] is OPTIONAL EXTRA...WTF???

      BigT[tm.F/0] are making like $40k profit out of each of these
  • Mal winter says,
    2 years ago
    They are definately a step in the right direction but the tray length is a problem 2swags and an exit and their full when the tray gets to about 6 ft then it will be a good ute
  • Jaigah says,
    2 years ago
    I don't reckon there that good not much room in the drivers seat and in the back I still prefer the Toyota hilux might not be as powerful but more room
  • paul albano says,
    2 years ago
    Totally surpprised with its durability and performance, and it was only a test drive
  • lee says,
    2 years ago
    140000 on cape roads rolled once hit a horse fast and apart from my extreme abuse. Gxl factory diff locks. Only problems if had were when Toyota was servicing it dusted because they were to retarded to clean or replace it despite charging me and all this I found just after my 40k service also found fuel filter clogged and water in it since then I do all oils at 5k and filters no injectors gone yet and no oil chewing at all all I can say is if had a landi a patrol and my cruiser I lovew
    • FrugalOne says,
      9 months ago
      And in English...
  • matt says,
    9 months ago
    do ur home work the v8 cruiser injectors are $480 each and the pump is $800 to do up
    • dap says,
      1 month ago
      Well an update from 2014
      turning circle made them very unpopular(unable to turn around small roundabouts as found in many city backstreets without backing and filling???)
      v8 turbo diesels have severe issues with turbos regularly detonating, and the commonrail injectors have both reliability issues and availability issues (already!) not to knock the v8 in this respect, as the hilux also has the same problems

      rear diffs breaking in half just past the brace, steering issues regards the control linkages bending, manual window winders breaking almost on a weekly basis if you actually have to use them, and fuel leaks in the top end under the intercooler (esp the rhs for some reason) on a regular basis
      apart from these problems, an adequate 4x4, altho horribly overpriced for what you get (even now- aircon is a dealer fitted option, not standard)

      hiluxes get a much better mark for most uses (some people are even getting a 3.5 tonne tow upgrade for a lux, rather than buy a cruiser, its cheaper too)

      Our associate dealer sells mahindras- most get traded in after less than 20k km- underpowered, very vulnerable exhaust (look at where it crosses under the d/s chassis- now thunk people- where hits the ground first- see the problem???) and generally cheaply made breaks fast

      bt50's are leaping ahead (apart from their autos- big $ repairs if used for towing or offroad) and their hassles with led lights on trailers (ford ranger has same issues) where they need special loads on the trailer for led lights to work properly- their 4x4 ability surpasses the lux and even the cruiser, surprising considering their `carlike' appearance and handling, biggest drawback is the inability to fit oversized tyres for offroad clearance

      basically even though I'd get a employee discount for a dual cab cruiser- for my personal car- i'd get the bt50 manual for everything except the most extreme 4x4 conditions- then I'd buy a unimog...
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