FIRST DRIVE | The 2022 Land Cruiser 70-series is a hardy stalwart
Of course, there is a whole lot more to it than nostalgia. The true appeal of the 70-series lies in its robustness, durability and go-anywhere nature. It has been engineered to a standard that would make the average B-segment hatchback wince, with a chassis that is virtually indestructible and internals designed to withstand the most punishing terrain the planet has to offer.
Poetically, the 70-series celebrated its 70th birthday towards the end of last year. And recently, we had a turn behind the wheel of the limited-run model in celebration of this milestone. In case you have forgotten, the 70-series includes the 76 (station wagon); 78 (“Troopy” wagon) and the 79, which is available in single-cab or double-cab pickup formats.
This 70thanniversary version applies exclusively to the 79. It is distinguished by a mesh grille with the Toyota nameplate in upper-case. A special emblem is found on the sides of the doors. Functional equipment includes a tubular rear step bumper with detachable tow-bar, inner load-bed protector, tubular front steel bumper and integrated winch preparation. Pick between two colours: Ivory White or Sandy Beige.
Getting inside the special 79, buyers will note seat covers with model-specific embroidery and branded floor mats. A touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and navigation ensures that drivers will not be left completely out of the technology loop.