Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Suffers Ford Bronco-Level Production Delays
Supply chain issues have wreaked havoc on the auto industry over the past year. No one knows production delays like the Ford Bronco. But another hot-market vehicle has suffered the same fate. The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is in such high demand that it, too, is experiencing Bronco-level production delays.
Not familiar with the Toyota Land Cruiser 70? It’s one of the oldest models still in production, living its best life on the Australian market. Here’s the latest news about the Land Cruiser 70, the incredible wait time to own one, and where you’ll have to go to buy this beloved model.
Why do people love the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 so much?
You might have to dig deep into the memory archives to recall the original Toyota Land Cruiser 70. After almost four decades in production, this Toyota SUV/truck is still seeing upgrades and improvements, making it one of the longest-running production vehicles. Don’t let its 1984 debut fool you. The Land Cruiser 70 is still a top seller Down Under.
It’s the most popular in Australia right now, where you can still buy three variations of the Toyota 70 Series: a flatbed pickup and two versions of the two-box SUV. Australian consumers love the 4.5-liter turbodiesel V8 engine, harnessing 202 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque, MotorTrend reports. And despite being nearly 40 years old, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 boasts a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, navigation, stability control with hill assist, and a pretty awesome snorkel.
Toyota continues to upgrade this beefy off-roader, including adding side-impact crash improvements and other safety updates. And this coming November, the Land Cruiser 70 will get a pre-collision safety system and a 200-pound boost in gross vehicle mass for an increased payload capacity of 7,700 pounds.
But there are a few catches if you want to buy a new model. One involves a two-year waiting list.
Get in line and wait
Considering forecasts and current production rates, Drive predicts Toyota will take more than two years to fill any Land Cruiser 70 orders customers place today. Officials hope things pick up over the next year. But for now, no one will be driving a new model off the lot until 2024.
Production delays this severe rival those of the embattled new Ford Bronco. Earlier this year, Automotive News reported about the Bronco pile-up at the factory as new models awaited microchips, testing American buyers’ patience.
And as Autoevolution explains, many Bronco models began rolling out without navigation instead of waiting for chips. EV maker Rivian is experiencing similar waitlist pains due to supply chain issues and service infrastructure delays.
Why can’t you buy a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 in the U.S.?
In addition to waiting two years, you can’t buy a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 in the United States or even Europe due to emissions regulations, Gear Patrol reports. But the 70 Series is available in many other countries, including the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Venezuela, starting at about $38,600.
The Japanese auto giant might have had other reasons for excluding availability in the States. It already offers numerous excellent Toyota SUVs and pickups in the American lineup, including the most comparable to the Land Cruiser 70: the 4Runner. With the mighty Tundra, Tacoma, and Sequoia, Toyota still offers American buyers many models — without the Bronco-level production delays.
If you’re stateside, it might be better to consider one of the other readily available Toyota models. You might not have to worry about the two-year waitlist for the Land Cruiser 70, but Australians certainly will.