The Land Cruiser Series 70 was introduced in 1984 and is still in use after 38 years. It actually outperforms a lot of new vehicles on the market. Most new cars have waiting lists of three to fourteen months, but the famous Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is the most popular, with a wait time of more than two years.
However, Toyota dealers believe that once production ramps up in the next year or so, waiting times for the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series will be reduced. In Australia, Toyota will update the vehicle by the end of the year to comply with stronger side-impact collision rules.
Toyota declined to comment on individual model delivery dates but told Australian magazine Drive that due to global supply issues, Toyota Australia is seeing extended wait periods for new vehicle deliveries across its entire range.
Global supply chain concerns have halted the manufacture of the Land Cruiser, as they have for nearly every other vehicle. When the current orders from Down Under are finished in 2024, the all-terrain vehicle will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
The J70 is still available in Australia as an SUV. The engine is a 4.5-liter turbodiesel V8. The GX is also available as a workhorse with a truck bed.
The diesel engine in the Series 70 is connected to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to all four wheels. Auto-locking hubs are standard on the WorkMate and GX, while differential locks are standard on the GXL. The Land Cruiser comes standard with a 130-liter diesel tank, but an optional 180-liter tank is available.
The vehicle has been updated from the original 1984 model and now includes modern features such as air conditioning, ABS, and power windows. Cruise control and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and Bluetooth are standard on all trim levels, with the GXL adding a hill-start assist system.