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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.

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