For something that seems like such a no-brainer, it took Toyota a long time to come up with the LandCruiser 79 Double Cab. According to Toyota Australia, “demand from the booming mining sector and from others” led to the development of the double-cab 79. Australia will also be the first country to receive this new Cruiser ute.
The LC79 Double Cab joins the LC79 Single Cab, the LC76 Wagon and the LC78 TroopCarrier to make a four-variant strong 70-Series range. It will be offered in two grades, Workmate and GXL.
As its name suggests, the Workmate, priced from $63,990, has practical 16-inch steel split rims with robust 7.50R16 Light Truck tyres, vinyl seats and floor covering. The fancier GXL (priced from $67,990) has 16-inch alloys with wider 265/70R16 tyres (also LT), mudguard flares, fog lights, cloth seats, carpets, remote central locking, and front and rear diff locks, which are optional on the Workmate.
With the introduction of the LC79 DC, Toyota has also revised the entire 70 Series range adding ABS brakes to all models, and a larger fuel tank (now 130 litres) and new front seats to the LC76, among other across-the-range detail changes.
Find out more in the December issue of 4X4 Australia, on sale now!