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    Is there really no replacement for displacement?

    The updated Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series recently launched in Australia and is now controversially offered with a four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

    To see how quick this new four-cylinder and six-speed auto combination in the LandCruiser 79 Series, we put it up against some rivals from within Toyota’s own stable.

    Driving the Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series GXL Wagon with the venerable 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual is Paul Maric.

    Lined up next to him is the Toyota LandCruiser 79 Series GX single-cab chassis with the new 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic, driven by James Wong.

    Lastly as a bit of a wildcard is the Toyota HiLux SR5 dual-cab pickup driven by myself. It’s powered a version of the same four-cylinder turbo-diesel as the LandCruiser 70 Series.

    How does the V8-powered LandCruiser fare against the two four-cylinder utes? You’ll need to watch the full video above to see who won.

    Here’s how they compare on paper:

    LandCruiser 76 Wagon V8LandCruiser 79 Single Cab 4cylHiLux SR5 Dual Cab
    Engine4.5L V8 turbo-diesel2.8L 4cyl turbo-diesel2.8L 4cyl turbo-diesel
    Transmission5-speed manual6-speed auto6-speed auto
    Kerb mass2355kg2130kg2110kg
    Price when new$83,900 + ORCs$78,800 + ORCs$62,490 + ORCs

    We also conducted runs with weight added to the LandCruiser 79 Series 4-cyl and HiLux to make them equal to the LandCruiser 76 V8.

    Here’s how they fared in individual performance testing, with the same driver behind the wheel.

    LandCruiser 76 Wagon V8LandCruiser 79 single-cab 4cylHiLux SR5
    Quarter mile19.28s17.7317.70s
    Quarter mile (+ weight)N/A18.2818.46s
    0-100km/h (+ weight)N/A12.71s12.95s

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.