Orders for V8-powered versions of the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series will reopen in Australia soon, as some buyers already in the queue have switched to the upcoming 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel automatic.
Order books for the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series V8 will open again soon in Australia, according to the company – as it counts down until the launch of a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota Australia has re-affirmed the V8 will live on alongside the upcoming 2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder in the iconic LandCruiser 70 Series – which will celebrate its 40th birthday internationally next year – with “no plans” to discontinue it, as it stands today.
New orders for the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission combination are due to open in October 2023 ahead of showroom arrivals in November 2023.
MORE: 2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series facelift unveiled with four-cylinder diesel auto option
The introduction of the four-cylinder will coincide with a comprehensive facelift – including a revised front fascia, new safety features, and an upgraded interior with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time – for both four-cylinder and V8 models.
Toyota says it is getting closer to re-opening order books for the 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 – matched with a five-speed manual – after they were closed mid-2021 to clear a wait list stretching up to two years.
However Toyota is yet to announce a date for when buyers will be able to order a LandCruiser 70 Series V8 again.
“You’re not too late for the V8 [if you don’t already have an order],” Toyota Australia sales and marketing boss Sean Hanley told an Australian media briefing in Melbourne this week.
“Although, our order pause remains in place for now while we work through the customers that have been waiting. We’ll provide more details about this great vehicle at our launch [of the facelift] in November this year.”
Mr Hanley said buyers in the queue for a V8 are being given the option to switch to the four-cylinder – and many have already taken up the offer.
“It’s early. We’ve only been doing it for the last two or three weeks, so until we start to understand those results [we can’t say conclusively how many customers will switch],” he said.
“But there are some that would prefer to stay V8. There are others that are saying, I wouldn’t mind having a look at this, when can I drive it? And they’re waiting until they can actually physically drive it.”
The high-ranking Toyota executive would not be drawn on pricing for the updated 70 Series, if the four-cylinder auto will cost more than the V8 manual, and the projected sales split between the four-cylinder and V8.
“I don’t know. It depends on what fleet customers do largely in that space,” Mr Hanley said when asked which engine he expects to be more popular.
“There will be people who always want the V8s and there’ll be people that come to the four-cylinder. I think it’s a choice.”
When asked about supply for the four-cylinder – given demand far exceeds supply for the V8 – the executive told media: No, a bit too soon [to say]. We are a while away from this one.”
Toyota says the four-cylinder 70 Series has been on the drawing board for up to five years, and it has been in development in Australia and Japan since 2019.
“[Toyota Australia engineers’] involvement in this new vehicle goes back five years to when they hosted their engineering colleagues from Japan … they saw how real customers use this vehicle in places like Central Australia, driving under extreme terrain and in super remote areas,” Mr Hanley said.
“They saw that the 70 Series is not just the vehicle of choice for miners and farmers. It’s often a vehicle that’s relied on by park rangers working way off the beaten track, and for delivering essential services to remote communities, including in emergencies.
“These customers also express strong demand for an automatic transmission because it makes the vehicle so much easier to handle for conditions such as towing trailers through sandy deserts.”
He added: “Local engineers have been testing, modifying, and evaluating prototypes of this car since 2019.
“Don’t assume that we’ve simply taken the [four-cylinder out of the HiLux, we’ve made a raft of changes …. including modifications to the gearing and cooling.”
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.
Find New cars by type
Popular makes
Cars for Sale by location
Copyright Drive.com.au 2023ABN: 84 116 608 158
Copyright Drive.com.au 2023ABN: 84 116 608 158
DAP Pricing– Unless otherwise stated, all prices are shown as Manufacturer's Recommended List Price (MRLP) inclusive of GST, exclusive of options and on road costs.