The 70 Series, known for it's durable and reliable construction has been modified for years into a double cab configuration by aftermarket conversion companies, finally, Toyota will be making it a factory option. Just announced, buyers in Australia will have the opportunity to purchase the first-ever Land Cruiser 70 series double cab late this September. It joins the line-up as the forth body style in the range, alongside the existing single cab, troop carrier, and wagon styles.
A booming mining sector, and general demand for a rugged workhorse vehicle persuaded Toyota to introduce the new vehicle which will be sold in two levels, a more basic Workmate, and a GXL model which will be outfitted with more options. Both levels include include as standard the venerable 4.5L turbo-diesel V8 engine, a five-speed manual transmission, part-time 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, as well as a fuel tank capacity of 130L. A total of seven colors will be offered between the two models, as well as airbags for the front passengers being standard.
The Workmate will be fitted with 16-inch split steel rims, vinyl floors and seats, black standard bumpers, aluminum side steps, and an option of fitting front and rear differential locks at an extra cost. The GXL, being a slightly more upmarket version, receives "luxury" options, such as 16-inch alloy wheels, standard front and rear differential locks, power windows and door locks, over-fender flares, and cloth seats. The 70 series double cab will be able to seat five adults, while carrying a one-ton payload, which means overlanders will be able to pack as much as they want—especially with the flexibility allowed by the rear bed.
With the double cab using the same existing architecture that has been around for decades, aftermarket accessories should be available almost immediately. We can't wait to see the first double cab modified for overlanding...not that it needs much.