Demand from the mining sector and other industries has prompted Toyota to finally develop a double cab one-tonne tray-top ute version of its venerable 70-Series LandCruiser range – and Australia will be the first market in the world to get it.

The new LC79 double cab, due on sale in late September, will be the fourth body style in the 70 Series range, joining the existing single cab ute, troop carrier and wagon variants.

It is effectively the LandCruiser 70 Series wagon body adapted to fit the 450mm longer wheelbase frame of the 70 Series cab-chassis model (3180mm).

Four factory-fitted ute tray options will be available including standard steel drop-side, heavy duty steel with checker-plate floor, a smoother timber floor option and lighter duty aluminium version. Tray dimensions are length 1800mm and width 1840mm.

The new one-tonne variant comes in two grades – Workmate and GXL. Both come with 130-litre fuel-tank capacity, 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine, five-speed manual transmission and part-time 4WD with two-speed transfer case. Seven exterior colours are offered.

The double-cab Workmate base model (shown here) comes with 16-inch steel split rims, aluminium side steps, vinyl seat facings and floor coverings, black bumpers and the extra-cost option of diff locks.

The up-spec GXL version gains 16-inch alloy wheels, over-fender flares, remote central locking, differential locks, fog lamps, power windows, carpet and cloth seats.

The new double cab also benefits from recent production upgrades to the range, most noticeably the addition of ABS on all grades, plus air-inlet snorkel mounted on the A pillar, improved seats, in-dash multi-function clock and audio/CD system with Bluetooth hands-free, audio streaming and voice-recognition phone/audio.

All nine LandCruiser 70 Series models share the same 32-valve V8 turbo-diesel engine with common-rail direct injection and intercooler.

The Euro IV-compliant V8 engine delivers 151kW @ 3400rpm. Peak torque of 430Nm is reached at just 1200rpm and stays there all the way to 3200rpm.

This V8 may well have the fattest torque curve of all Toyota’s engines, but it also falls short of the 470Nm peak torque figure of the PX Ford Ranger manual with its smaller capacity 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbo diesel. Go figure.

The 70-Series range has been available in various guises for several decades. The wagon version and the 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 were introduced as part of a major facelift in 2007. All variants adopted driver and front-passenger airbags in 2009.

According to Toyota, customer loyalty is remarkably strong, with the majority of buyers replacing an existing LandCruiser 70-series vehicle due to its well proven capabilities in the toughest conditions. It also has a braked towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes (760 kgs non-braked).

In mine pits, which this vehicle has been tailor-made for, vehicles have to cope with extreme dust in the dry and thick mud in the wet. Some mining industry vehicles are also fitted with rail arms so that they can travel along train tracks.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing, Matthew Callachor, said mining companies and other regional and rural communities had been keenly waiting for the arrival of the new double cab.

“The 70-Series is so popular for the really tough jobs that customers have been modifying the wagon version to provide the flexibility of a double-cab ute,” Mr Callachor said.

“The double cab will carry five adults as well as providing a one-tonne payload for their heavy gear, such as surveying equipment,” he said.

“For other customers, including farmers, the large cabin will allow the kids to ride along, while also offering the touring benefits of a dual-cab ute along with the legendary LandCruiser toughness.”

*Look forward to a full test report of the new LC79 soon at Truck Jungle.

LC79 becomes the fourth variant of the popular 70 Series range that features wagon, Troop Carrier and cab-chassis models. The new double cab one-tonner is a mix-and-match of existing 70 series hardware.

LandCruiser 70 Series (excluding dealer and other charges)

Workmate $59,990
GXL $64,290

Troop Carrier
Workmate $65,790
GXL $67,990

Single Cab
Workmate $58,790
GX $60,790
GXL $62,790

Double Cab
Workmate $63,990
GXL $67,990


7 Responses to New LandCruiser 70 Series Double Cab One-Tonne Ute

  • judah toenda says:

    What is the cost of shipping a Toyota 70 Series LC79 double-cab to Walvis Bay in Namibia?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Unfortunately we’re not experts in the shipping of vehicles to Africa. However, as you are based in Walvis Bay, which we understand is Namibia’s largest shipping port, we would suggest you talk to some of the shipping companies there.

      We do know that the LC79 will be sold in global markets other than Australia, although dates are yet to be confirmed, so it might be worth waiting until Toyota brings them in. Maybe have a chat to the local Toyota distributor, too.

  • Luke says:

    What is standard length tray for a dual cab cruiser?
    What is the maximum length tray you can put on one?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      Luke, the standard length tray on the LC79 dual cab is 1.8 metres. If you want to go longer than that, it would be best to contact your local state transport authority and/or a certified engineer that specialises in vehicle modifications to see what the maximum allowable overhang would be.

  • rob martin says:

    Looking for 4wd one and half cab that you can put 2.4m tray on that carries >1ton ok-slide on camper. Appears Toyota are not putting out 1.5 cabs. Where to?

    • Mark Oastler says:

      You are correct Rob. The LandCruiser 70 series is not available with a “one and a half cab” but there are several popular 4×4 one-tonners that offer these extended cab designs including the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado and Isuzu D-Max. Any of those should be able to accommodate a slide-on camper, but worth checking overall dimensions first to see which would result in the least rear and side overhangs if you’re planning to use it in rugged off road conditions.

  • Graham Gollan says:

    I’ve heard there is an aftermarket vehicle engineering shop that can put an auto into the truck and not void the warranty. Any assistance would be helpful as Toyota really do need to consider this outcome.

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