Land cruiser dual cab?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 23:08
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Found this photo of a toyota landcruiser dual cab ute, so they did make them quite a while ago, just that Australia never got them.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 23:35

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 23:35
It has that certain Singaporean or asian bling look about it.. that cleverly disguised huge front bumper is actually a two man canoe, you just unclip it, grab the paddles and off you go!! Michael ;)
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 22:41

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 22:41
Middle East market i'd say, being LHD
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 01:16

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 01:16
Toyota had a Prado out years ago that looked like the 76 series wagon we have now.

Apparently Australia is a bit of a back water for a lot of motoring products.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 08:11

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 08:11
After travelling around in Canada and the US for the last five months you could be right about Oz being a backwater for vehicles, (which is probably are due to the small size of the market). We've seen dozens of different vehicles from Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi etc that are simply not sold in Oz.
It has got me mystified as to why both Toyota and Nissan don't sell their big utes in Oz. The latest model Tundra is what virtually looks like a 200 series ute and Nissan sell a big Titan ute of a similar size. Maybe the cost of engineering a RHD version is cost prohibitive.
Nissan also sell a huge van like your typical UPS box van as a well as the Nissan Armada which I suspect is the same as the new Patrol.
Hiluxes are sold here as Tacoma's with even late 80's models sporting V6 engines and auto's which we never saw until relatively recently.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 11:25

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 11:25
Most of the big utes in the USA are made only for the US market, it would cost them 10's of millions in engineering to make them RHD and another 10's of millions to make them compliant.

There are two types of compliant, main stream and low volume.

Main stream is where the vehicle manufacture specially engineers a vehicle for local laws, conditions and provide spare parts and backup, this is BIG BIG buck stuff and very hard to do but it offer the manufacture protection against low volume importers for 15 years.

Low volume is easier to do and a hell of a lot cheaper but it offers no protection from grey importers.

The biggest thing is a vehicle manufacture can only bring in X amount of models and in the model range only X amount of variants.

If Toyota or Nissan were to bring in one of these models there would be a good chance they would have to drop one of their other big sellers.

Toyota and Nissan have got around these rules by introducing the Lexus and Infinity range..... they are under a different distributor and dealership arrangement.
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 11:41

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 11:41
There were five converted Toyota Tundra's on the lot in Gympie a couple of weeks ago.
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Follow Up By: tuck - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 17:56

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 17:56
Easy seen plenty of Titan and Tundra look good but wheel tracks are too wide for A us bush tracks unless you like seeing your duco removed. Get yourself a good second hand Toyota or Nissan take it to Creative Conversions. Now have a dual cab with a 2.1 metre tray for slide on camper is a great unit. Raised it 2 inches and don't have any problems wth bellying have done most desert tracks high country etc
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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 18:17

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 18:17
Actually tuck you have it wrong.

The listed track of a Landcruiser Cab/Chassis is 1790mm and for a Tundra it is 1742mm
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:38

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:38
Would we really want the type of vehicles the US dish up for their local market? Huge petrol engines and useless gvm's. Most are basic motoring and not useful for the type of terrain and use here in OZ! Michael
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 23:27

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 23:27
Once I would have said no to the US vehicles but after driving and living out of (on top of) the Humvee over most of Oz in the last ten years I might have to change my mind. It is way wider than most "normal" US utes and I've only ever trashed one tyre and that was my fault not paying attention to where I was driving. It is no wider than a 200 and only six inches (150mm) wider in the track. Most of the big utes are virtually the same as or narrower than a 200. Most fire trails are made to fit an Isuzu tanker and they are bigger than a 4wd.
The current crop of big fifth wheelers and vans are crying out for bigger tow rigs and the only things that can do it are the bigger US grey imports utes and light trucks like Iveco etc.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 09:07

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 09:07
Bushy,

See my post of April 2009.

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Follow Up By: Kyle H - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 09:29

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 09:29
They have been available in Aus for the last coupla months.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 10:03

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 10:03
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Follow Up By: Kyle H - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 16:52

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 16:52
Good on ya
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Follow Up By: Member Bushy 04(VIC) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:51

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:51
Hey gone bush, same photo, but when & where?
Could have originated in Asia?
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 22:05

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 22:05
Bushy, if my failing memory is correct, and it may not be, I think the photos may have come from South Africa.



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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 10:01

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 10:01
There was one in the Toyota yard in Yass 2 weeks ago..cc, not ute back.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 11:28

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 11:28
Talk about being "dog ugly" makes Mahindra and SSangyong look pretty.
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:16

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:16
It's certainly a face that ony a mother could love.

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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 14:00

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 14:00
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 22:07

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 22:07
A mate of mine bought one a couple of weeks ago. Traded in his 2010 single cab on a GXL. Nice seats, power windows, front and rear diff locks and carpet standard. Not sure about the carpet, but a real nice ute all the same. Doesn't have a separate long range tank but a much bigger standard one, 140 lt or thereabouts. This bloody great muffler lives where the other tank could have gone.

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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 09:24

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 09:24
Bundaberg Toyota had one through before Christmas, the dark Burgundy colour, alloy tray. polished bull bar and rims.

Looked nice but the look would have to grow on you. It could do with another 30cm in the chassis to get the back wheels from under the rear passengers bums.
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 11:41

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 11:41
stopped and looked at one in the flesh at toyota dealer in Bombala on way to high country at xmas.
quite a few issues in my mind
the one large tank which is not only totally behind the rear diff and unsprung weight also has been enlarged to the extent it hangs as low as the spring leaves.
the tank has also been enlarged upwards so unless you mount the tray very high above chassis the spare wheel cannot go under tray and will end up on the tray with result and loss of space.
only about 300mm of the tray is between the diffs .the one i looked at had a 1800wide x 1700 long tray and it was way out past the end of chassis and necessitated an 450mm extension for towbar tongue.
I think toyota may have come up with a design so they can break landcruiser chassis to join the club with the other dual cab manufacturers.
on paper sounded good but i will stick with the single cab.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 21:14

Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 21:14
The overhang is the same as the single cab, it just looks like a big overhang due to the extended cab in the same manor as the Hilux's do.
The spare does fit under the tray and is a genuine tray option (triple M tray)
The fuel tank is the same as the 76 uses, they could not fit the single cab dual tanks due to the extended floor pan of the second cab.
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