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The CarBuzz website, citing Toyota’s Australian division, reports that the classic Land Cruiser 70 with a 4.5-liter diesel “eight” producing 205 horsepower will be removed from the assembly line – this will happen this fall. The only exception will be the GXL 79-series pickup, but it will not last long in service, until the end of 2025.

The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 SUV is one of the oldest models of the Japanese brand, which is still being produced, and almost unchanged. A year ago, the SUV was slightly modernized: first, the “seventieth” family was updated for the markets of Australia and Japan, then for the Middle East, where the car is available not only in a five-door, but also in a three-door version.

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By the end of 2024, Toyota will thin out its lineup: the production of 70-series SUVs equipped with a 4.5-liter diesel V8 will end. In Australia, this version is very popular – out of almost 347 thousand Land Cruiser 70s sold in the country since 1985, more than 171 thousand are equipped with this unit. Despite this, Toyota is retiring it, and from autumn (namely from September), Australians will have access to only one diesel modification – with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which is also installed on the Hilux and Fortuner.

Toyota cites increasingly stringent environmental standards, which are becoming tougher year after year, as the reason for abandoning the diesel “eight”. At the same time, the company promised to satisfy the demand for 79-series pickups with this engine, which Australians have come to love for its unpretentiousness and reliability.

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