2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Overlander on sale in UAE
If you felt the ancient Nissan Patrol Super Safari is unreasonably expensive, don’t fret. That’s because Toyota is waiting in the wings to up the ante. Now on sale at the UAE dealer are two “limited-edition” variants of the Land Cruiser 70 Series – The Land Cruiser 76 and Land Cruiser 79 Overlander edition. With even more ancient bones than the Nissan Y61, the LC70 wagon and pickup should give you a taste of 1980s offroad motoring at an eye-watering price.
Based on the Land Cruiser 70 hard top (HT 5-door wagon) and double cab (DC 4-door pickup) grades, the new five-seater models come with a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated with a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine is an aging unit shared with other Toyota SUVs, but it is arguably the most modern mechanical bit of the LC70 platform that dates back several decades and lives on with facelifts in developing markets.
Most of the mods are locally installed. Equipped with front and rear TJM XGS “Series 4000 SX” shocks and TJM XGS coil springs on the front, the modified “Overlander” trim boasts increased ride height. Other add-ons include heavy-duty wheels, BF Goodrich KO2 tyres, heavy-duty on-board air compressor, 12V electric factory winch, STEDI 7-inch LED spotlights, Overlander side stripes, Overlander badge, matte-black painted side steps, rear parking sensors, rear camera, front and rear differential lock, as well as a 9-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to break up the old-school harshness.
Safety features tick all the government-mandated boxes, including standard ESP, ABS with EBD and brake assist, traction control and even hill assist, aside from a solid two airbags as standard.
The wagon is priced at Dhs 190,000 and the pickup clocks in at Dhs 195,000.
For UAE/GCC prices and specs, visit our Toyota buyer guide.