This may be old news, but it is worth pointing out that the long-running Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup, globally known as the LC75, has been given a new V6 engine for 2010, ditching the old inline-6 that has been a long-standing favourite of ghetto tuners in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Now codenamed the LC79, this is the latest attempt to domesticate the aging original Land Cruiser Pickup, after a frontal facelift in 2008 flattened the original flared-fender design that dated back to the 1960s.
While the old 4.5-litre inline-6 was popular due to its resilience in the face of oversized turbochargers and “bengali” headers, it was an outdated and underpowered motor in stock form, with awful fuel consumption. The new 4.0-litre V6 is taken straight out of the Fortuner, but tuned for pulling power, delivering 228 hp and 360 Nm of torque. The numbers aren’t impressive compared to the old 4.5-litre engine’s 220 hp and 384 Nm, but fuel economy should be better by more than 20%, by our estimates.
Incidentally, the 4.2-litre inline-6 diesel engine option has been carried over to the LC79, offering 131 hp and 285 Nm of torque.
The front and rear differentials incorporate differential locks, with electronic selection of either rear differential lock, or front and rear lock. The heavy-duty suspension consists of live axles front and rear, with coils at the front and leaf springs at the rear. The Pickup also has automatic locking front hubs that facilitate shift-on-the-fly transition to four-wheel-drive without the need to stop for locking the hubs.
Incidentally, there is a 3-door short-wheelbase “Capsula” wagon version of this truck on sale in Oman, while there is also a 5-door long-wheelbase “LC76″ wagon on sale in Australia and elsewhere. A modified “Extreme” version was displayed at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Motor Show with lifted suspension and driving lights.
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