One of the oldest vehicles on sale, the Land Cruiser Series 70 was launched when many of us weren’t even born yet. The venerable off-roader came out in 1984 and is still going strong 38 years later. So much so that Toyota will update the truck again at the end of the year in Australia to comply with stricter crash regulations. Since the company is pouring money into older pickups, that means the J70 will last.
In fact, demand for the reputable Land Cruiser has resulted in a waiting list long enough to keep Toyota busy for more than two years. Indeed, Australian magazine Drive citing local dealers who have calculated based on current production levels and projections and they claim existing orders will be filled at some point in 2024.
The silver lining for those folks is that they may not have to wait until then as long as Toyota finds a way to ramp up production of the 70 Series. Like almost every other vehicle out there, global supply chain issues have slowed Land’s production. Cruiser. All-terrain vehicles will celebrate 40th anniversary in 2024 when the last order received from Down Under will be completed.
Toyota Australia is still selling the SUV version of the J70. It has a 4.5 liter V8 turbodiesel engine like the others, while the GXL trim level is a bit more upscale without losing 4×4 capability. There’s also a GX that doubles as a workhorse with a truck bed, so it’s safe to say there’s a fair amount of choice to choose from given the age of the vehicle.
Okay, but why are some people still fascinated by the trucks that came out in the first half of the 1980s? Well, it’s practically indestructible, and if anything breaks, the Land Cruiser Series 70 is easy to work with. Price is also a factor as it starts at a little over 100,000 AUD while the latest 300 Series starts at around 150,000 AUD.
It’s worth noting that the J70 isn’t exactly the same truck it was in 1984. Toyota has been updating vehicles for decades and now comes with modern amenities like air conditioning, ABS, and power windows. All trim levels get cruise control and a 6.1-inch touchscreen with navigation and Bluetooth, while the GXL even has a hill-start assist system.
Regardless of the choice, the Series 70 has a diesel engine connected to a five-speed manual gearbox that sends power to all four wheels. The WorkMate and GX have an auto-locking hub while the GXL features a differential lock. As standard, the Land Cruiser can hold 130 liters (34.3 gallons) of diesel, but there is an option for a larger fuel tank with 180 liters (47.5 gallons).
To some extent, the modern J70 is the Ineos Grenadier because the latest Land Cruiser, Mercedes G-Class, and Land Rover Defender are much more luxurious than their predecessors.