|1999 Landcruiser 78 Review by
Autoweb of Australia
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Toyota has launched a new workhorse LandCruiser range.
The 10-model LandCruiser 78 Series range has improved ride, cabin comfort, seats, safety and performance - while
maintaining the workhorse model's legendary reliability and durability.
Toyota has adopted coil-spring front suspension and new longer-leaf rear suspension across the board in LandCruiser
It has increased the track and wheelbase, and lengthened the cabin of Single Cab models, to improve ride, stability,
space and comfort.
Single Cab's wheelbase has been increased by 200mm (to 3180mm) and cabin length has been increased by 120mm.
Toyota has adopted the proven coil-spring, rigid axle front suspension from LandCruiser 100 Series.
The Single Cab cabin has a new all-welded construction, for increased safety, comfort and durability.
It has new instruments, moulded headlining, garnishes for the pillars, full-length vinyl floor covering and lining for the rear
of the cabin.
LandCruiser workhorse has new front seats, with significantly improved comfort and support, to reduce fatigue.
Toyota has completely redesigned the front-row seats to improve the range of adjustment and comfort for the driver and
The improved seats complement LandCruiser 78 Series' improved ride and the larger cabin in new Single Cab models.
Active safety has been improved by LandCruiser 78 Series' new suspension package and the adoption of larger front
disc brakes with four-spot calipers from LandCruiser 100 Series.
LandCruiser workhorse's engines and transmissions have also been improved.
LandCruiser 78 diesel has a high-altitude compensator, to reduce rich running (and hence emissions and engine oil
contamination) in the high country.
The improved diesel engine is matched to a new manual transmission (proven in LandCruiser 100 Series) and a shorter
final drive ratio - to improve performance.
However, diesel engine fuel economy has been improved by five percent at highway speeds.
The class-leading naturally aspirated diesel engine has a larger cooling fan.
LandCruiser 78 Series petrol models have an improved, more powerful 4.5 litre engine, which delivers class leading
165kW of power and 387Nm of torque.
Prices for the new Toyota LandCruiser 78 Series range from $45,100 for the three-seat petrol Cab/Chassis to $53,000
for the 11-seat Diesel TroopCarrier.