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Cruiser comeback! Toyota reverses on rugged all- (or no) roader

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Toyota’s Land Cruiser 70-series needs no introduction, having etched an enviable reputation among off-roading enthusiasts, game rangers, farmers, and other utility vehicle-minded users. The rugged construction and infallible Toyota engines have earned it the reputation of “it just keeps going”.

The 70-series is available as a bakkie (79), station-wagon (76), and wagon (78).

Toyota SA told The Corner: ”Reduced demand in South Africa led to us dropping drop the 78 in August 2015. The specifications are those of the previous model, except the drum rear brakes (which provide improved durability in high-dirt operating conditions).

ANOTHER CHOICE – IF YOU’RE GOING BUSH

The LC 78 has the trusted 4.2-litre straight-six diesel engine capable of 96kW@3800rpm / 285Nm@2200rpm. Its power goes through a heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission (with low-range).

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT! Toyota SA has re-introduced the Land Cruiser 78 wagon. Image: Supplied

The package rides on heavy-duty steel rims shod with 7.50R16C tyres and only two colours are available in two exterior colours – Ivory and Sand.

READ MORE Land Cruiser features on Carman’s Corner

A three-year or 100 000km* warranty is included in the price; service intervals every 5000km. or bjuyers can include tailored service plans/warranty extensions from their Toyota dealer. And so to the price (the wagons are available only on order)…

Toyota Land Cruiser 78 4.2 diesel wagon – R 716 000.

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