Toyota ends production of 4.5-litre turbo-diesel engine for Landcruiser

It’s the day that high-powered Ute owners always feared as Toyota signals the end of its V8 turbo-diesel engine from the LandCruiser range following months of demise rumours

Toyota has made the decision to end production of the venerable V8 that has powered the LandCruiser 70 Series since 2007 with the introduction of a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual gearbox

Anyone who feels everything they have been used to for the past 30 years is being taken from them is correct, as Toyota gets in on the act and confirms the end of production of its 4.5-litre turbo-diesel engine for the Landcruiser range.

It’s what anybody trying to place an order has feared for some time, and now official, order-taking for the 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, which has been paused for almost two years, will not be reopened.

Final production of the V8 Wagon, Troop Carrier, WorkMate and GX pick-ups will occur in September 2024 with vehicles expected to be in customer hands in late 2024 or early 2025.

Toyota sales personnel have for some months coaxed buyers away from the unavailable 4.5-litre diesel V8 to the alternative powertrain, even though those buyers would have preferred the V8.

The alternative being the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with a snatch of power at 150kW and developing 450Nm of torque, up 20Nm more than the V8 it replaces.

This engine combined with a five-speed gearbox is engineered for higher torque than its V8 sibling and will be available from October 2024 for all body styles and grades, except for single cabs and Workmate Wagon.

Toyota Australia Vice President Sales, Sean Hanley said the decision to bring down the curtain on the V8 had been inevitable due to changing regulations and community expectations on pollution.

Shown here are the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series. (Left-to-right) GXL Double Cab Chassis, WorkMate Single Cab Chassis, GXL Wagon and GX Single Cab Chassis

“Bidding farewell to the V8 marks the end of one chapter and the start of another for the go-anywhere 70 Series – a vehicle that’s renowned for its ruggedness, reliability and simply getting the job done,” Sean Hanley elaborates.

“We continue to work closely with our production team to receive the maximum possible V8 allocation so that we can fulfil as many local customer V8 orders as possible.

Sean Hanley suggests enthusiasts who might lament the V8 decision are encouraged to join the growing number of drivers who have found the four-cylinder alternative is even more capable. Customer ordering for these variants is not affected by the V8 decision.

“Both here and in Japan, Toyota was determined to return the loyalty of our customers by devoting significant resources to ensuring the 70 Series remains a vital part of our line-up for years to come,” Sean Hanley adds.

“The only alternative was to walk away from this model – and that was not an option.”

He said the new manual gearbox was an important addition that would reinforce the reputation of the 70 Series as the go-to vehicle for anyone that needs serious off-road capability and heavy-duty payload and towing capacity.

“Buyers, including farmers, miners, remote-area workers and off-road enthusiasts, can continue to rely on the 70 Series to cover the most inhospitable terrain and complete the toughest jobs – just as they’ve done for the past 40 years,” Sean Hanley concluded.

Since its 1985 introduction, Australians have bought 346,742 examples of the 70 Series with almost half – 171,010 vehicles – powered by the V8 introduced in 2007.

The new five-speed gearbox is derived from the V8 manual and adapted for the 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.

Maximum power from the 1GD four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is 150kW from 3200 to 3400rpm while peak torque of 450Nm – 20Nm more than the V8 – is available across a wide 1600 to 3000rpm band.

Compared with the V8’s H150F five-speed, the four-cylinder’s H153F manual has unique gear ratios and additional components to suit its high torque and tough customer usage.

It has been calibrated with shorter first, second and third gears to aid off-the-line performance. A triple synchronisation mechanism has been added to the first gear to promote smoother changes. A longer fifth gear helps improve fuel economy as well as reducing engine noise at highway speeds.

A flywheel compatible with a 305mm (12-inch) clutch has been adopted for the first time to ensure firm engagement and deliver maximum power to the surface.

In addition to durability-focused engine measures applied with the introduction of the four-cylinder engine late last year, manual variants are equipped with a dust seal to the rear end plate to prevent foreign matter from entering the release bearing.

Most other standard functions are shared across both four-cylinder powertrains. While a front console box and Downhill Assist Control are available on automatic variants.

The upgraded LandCruiser 70 Series is covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre Toyota Warranty Advantage7.

This is extended to seven years on engine and driveline8, with capped-price servicing for the first five years/100,000km (whichever comes first) and each 6-month/10,000km service costing $5259.

Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series pricing1

Model1GD 2.8-litre auto1VD 4.5-litre man
76 Series WorkMate Wagon$75,600 
76 Series GXL Wagon$79,800$83,900
78 Series Troop Carrier WorkMate$79,200$83,300
78 Series Troop Carrier GXL$82,500$86,600
79 Series Single Cab Chassis WorkMate$76,800$80,900
79 Series Single Cab Chassis GX*$78,800$82,900
79 Series Single Cab Chassis GXL$80,900$85,000
79 Series Double Cab Chassis WorkMate*$79,300$83,400
79 Series Double Cab Chassis GXL$83,500$87,600
Options: *Front and Rear Differential Locks: $1500. Premium Paint: $675
1 Manufacturer’s list price provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs are not included. 2 Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements and vehicle & equipment design limitations. Ask your dealer for more information, including Toyota Genuine Towbar capacity and availability.