UAE gets its hands on the short wheelbase version of the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 70
A few months ago, Toyota revealed the refreshed Land Cruiser 70 for the 2024 model year. Not only did it get a retro-inspired facelift, but the iconic SUV is now available with the 1GD-FTV turbo-diesel derived from the Fortuner and Hilux.
With its retro styling and more modern powertrain, the 2024 Land Cruiser 70 will be a hot commodity, especially for private gray market dealers will who sell the vehicle. But at the time of its launch in August of this year, it was only available as a 5-door SUV. Over in the United Arab Emirates, however, it’s now available in a 3-door body style.
You read right, what you’re looking at right now is the refreshed Toyota Land Cruiser 70 but with just three doors and a shorter wheelbase. Measuring just 4235mm long, the 3-door version is 640mm shorter in length compared to the 5-door. In addition, its wheelbase is only 2310mm long which makes it 420mm shorter compared to the wheelbase of the 5-door variant.
While it may not offer the best in rear passenger cabin space, the shorter length & wheelbase of the Land Cruiser 70 means it will appeal more to 4x4 enthusiasts. Combined with its 265/70 series tires wrapped in 16-inch alloy wheels, the three-door Land Cruiser 70 will be quite popular with the 4x4 community, especially those who plan on customizing the heck out of it.
It might have a retro-inspired look but it comes with modern features plus creature comforts. These include; full LED lighting, a 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, steering wheel audio & multi-info display controls, Nubuck with synthetic leather upholstery, and a host of intelligent driver aids.
Under the hood, the UAE-spec Land Cruiser 70 is only available with the evergreen 1GR-FE 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated V6. It makes a decent 231 PS at 5200 rpm along with 360 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm. Power is then transferred to a 6-speed automatic transmission complete with a part-time 4WD system. It also has a rigid axle coil suspension at the front and a rigid axle leaf suspension at the back.
Since Toyota doesn’t officially sell the Land Cruiser 70 here in the Philippines, we won’t be surprised if private dealers in the gray market are the only way for interested buyers to get their hands on such a vehicle.