DEMAND from the booming mining sector and from others requiring a rugged vehicle has prompted Toyota to develop a double-cab version for its venerable 70-Series LandCruiser range.
Australia will be the first market in the world to get the new LC79 double cab, which builds on the vehicle's tough, practical design.
On sale in late September, priced from $63,990, it will be the fourth body style in the range, joining the single cab-chassis, troop carrier and wagon.
The new variant comes in two grades, Workmate and GXL, both with 130-litre fuel-tank capacity, 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine, five-speed manual transmission and part-time four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case.
The new double cab also benefits from production upgrades to the range, including anti-skid brakes on all grades, air-inlet snorkel mounted on the A pillar, improved seats, in-dash multi-function clock and audio/CD system with Bluetooth hands-free, audio streaming and voice-recognition phone/audio.
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said mining companies and other regional and rural communities had been keenly waiting for the arrival of the new double cab.
"The 70-Series is so popular for the really tough jobs that customers have been modifying the wagon version to provide the flexibility of a double-cab ute," Mr Callachor said.
"The double cab will carry five adults as well as providing a one-tonne payload for their heavy gear, such as surveying equipment."
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