Mike Stevens | Aug 3, 2012

Toyota has introduced a new double-cab version of its 70-Series workhorse, confirming news reported by The Motor Report in March.

Demand for the new variant in the mining sector has also ensured that Australia will be the first market in the world to pick up the double-cab workhorse.

On sale in late September and priced from $63,990, the 4.5 litre V8-powered double-cab will be the fourth body style in the range, joining the single cab-chassis, troop carrier and wagon.

Toyota Australia's Matthew Callachor said that the popularity of modified 70-Series wagons played a part in the carmaker's decision to launch a 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.

All nine LandCruiser 70 Series models share Toyota's 4.5 litre V8 turbodiesel engine, producing 151kW at 3400rpm and 430Nm of torque between 1200 and 3200rpm.

As a new model in the line-up, the LC79 double-cab also benefits from new upgrades, 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.

Standard features for the entry-level double-cab Workmate grade include 16-inch steel split rims, aluminium side steps, vinyl seat facings and floor coverings, black bumpers and the extra-cost option of diff locks.

Upgrading to the GXL spec adds 16-inch alloy wheels, over-fender flares, remote central locking, differential locks, fog lamps, power windows, carpet and cloth seats.

We were right: this is our rendering in March.
We were right: this is our rendering in March.



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: prices exclude on-road costs.


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