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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Returns to Japan

02 Dec 2023
  • What are the specifications of the DM-spec model of the Land Cruiser 70 Series?
  • What are the design features of the DM-spec model of the Land Cruiser 70 Series?

In a surprising move that has delighted off-road enthusiasts and nostalgic automotive aficionados alike, Toyota has revived the iconic Land Cruiser 70 Series in Japan for the year 2024. Originally introduced in 1984, the J70 made a brief exit in 2004 before making a comeback for a single year a decade later. Now, as 2024 approaches, the Land Cruiser 70 Series is making a triumphant return to the Japanese market, blending vintage charm with modern features.

Modern Upgrades for Off-Road Mastery

Modern Upgrades for Off-Road Mastery

The JDM-spec model of the Land Cruiser 70 Series was recently unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show, showcasing a perfect marriage of the classic design and contemporary technology. While the exterior may resemble the barebones off-roader from four decades ago, the 2024 iteration boasts advanced systems such as Hill Start Assist Control and Downhill Assist Control.

Under the hood, the Land Cruiser 70 Series packs a punch with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, generating 201 horsepower and an impressive 500 Nm of torque. Toyota offers this model exclusively as a six-door SUV in the Japanese market. However, in Australia, enthusiasts can opt for a V8 diesel engine, while the UAE market enjoys the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V6 gas engine. Additionally, the versatile model is available as a pickup truck and a "shorty" three-door SUV in different regions.

Retaining Classic Features

Retaining Classic Features

One of the standout features of the Land Cruiser 70 Series is its adherence to classic design elements. Remarkably, the 2024 model still features a fender-mounted mirror, a nostalgic throwback to its origins. In a right-hand-drive market like Japan, this extra mirror is mounted on the left fender, serving as a charmingly old-school solution to blind spots.

To further cater to enthusiasts who appreciate unique touches, the in-house tuner Modellista offers optional upgrades for the Land Cruiser 70 Series. These include yellow LED fog lamps and various other accessories that add a touch of personalization to the rugged vehicle.

With its classic design, robust off-road capabilities, and a blend of nostalgia and modernity, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series marks its return to Japan in style. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, this revival serves as a reminder that some classics are timeless, capable of capturing the hearts of enthusiasts across different eras.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

Italian Government Pressures Alfa Romeo to Rename Milano SUV to 'Junior'

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Auto China 2024 and beyond: Mercedes-Benz to showcase its focus on China with new products and localised developments

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At and around Auto China 2024, Mercedes Benz underlines its commitment to delivering dedicated products and technologies to Chinese customers. As the largest single automotive market in the world, China plays an important role in the long-term strategy of Mercedes Benz. Running up to the show, the company will maintain its leadership position in this market, headlined by the world premiere of the all-new electric Mercedes Benz G Class.

China is home to the company’s largest production site and the most comprehensive R&D hub outside Germany, playing a significant role in Mercedes Benz’s global R&D network. In recent years, Mercedes Benz strengthened its R&D capabilities in China, particularly in electrification and digitalisation. In 2021, the company opened the new R&D Tech Centre China in Beijing, equipped with state-of-the-art testing labs, including E drive, battery, charging, NVH, and more. In 2022, Mercedes Benz established the new R&D Centre Shanghai, focusing on connectivity, automated driving, plus software and hardware development. This April, a new building will be added with advanced hardware and software facilities designed to accelerate local development in cutting-edge digital innovations. Besides the R&D Centre, the existing Design Centre will continue to promote the digital dimension in Mercedes Benz designs.

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

16 Apr 2024
Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.