TOYOTA LAND CRUISER VDJ78 TROOP CARRIER
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 2015 OWNER: TOYOTA AUSTRALIA
WHAT started with the FJ25 – and was brought to prominence with the FJ40 – has ended up here. This 78 Series Troop Carrier, along with the 76 wagon and 79 utes in single- and double-cab variants, are the latest vehicles in a long line of commercial Land Cruisers.
Like all 70 Series models since 1999, it has coil springs in place of leaf springs for the front live axle and, as with all 70 Series Cruisers since 2007, it has the 1VD-FTV 4.5litre V8 turbo-diesel backed by a five-speed manual transmission.
With its cavernous interior, front and rear live axles, high ground clearance, front and rear lockers, and 180-litre fuel capacity, it offers 4x4 and remote-area functionality that no other showroom-stock four-wheel drive can match.