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Car Review: The Land Cruiser Wagon 78 is back by popular demand

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

The 70-series is offered in three main guises: Bakkie (79), station wagon (76) and wagon (78). Due to reduced demand, the decision to drop the “78” from the line-up was made in August 2015, with the “76” and “79” continuing sales.

Following some specific market requests for this type of vehicle, Toyota South Africa is pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Land Cruiser Wagon 78.

Drum brakes boost durability

The specifications mirror that of the previously-offered model, with the exception of a switch to drum brakes in the rear (which provide improved durability in high-dirt operating conditions).

The Land Cruiser 78 is powered by the tried-and-true 1HZ 4.2-litre inline-6 diesel engine, producing 96kW at 3800rpm and 285Nm at a low 2200rpm. This is paired to a heavy-duty 5-speed manual transmission and low-range-equipped transfer case.

The Land Cruiser 78 rides on heavy-duty steel wheels shod with 7.50R16C tyres and is available in two exterior colours only: Ivory White and Sand Beige.

A three-year/100 000km warranty forms part of the purchase, with service intervals being every 5 000km. Customers can purchase tailored service plans and/or warranty extensions from their Toyota dealer.

Pricing:

LC 78 4.2 DIESEL WAGON – R 716,000*

*This model will be sold on a customer-order only basis.

 

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