Toyota has launched its first turbodiesel V8 - Euro IV emissions-compliant - in an updated LandCruiser 70 Series in Australia but there are no plans to launch this engine in Europe, according to Toyota (GB).

The 70 Series is the basic Land Rover Defender-rivalling utility 'cruiser with a variety of body options including pickup trucks, not a luxurious SUV line, and it's being launched into what was the original Toyota LandCruiser's first export market back in the early 1960s.

The new 4.5-litre V8 produces more than 150kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

The 70 Series has also been restyled to accommodate the larger engine with new sheet metal ahead of the A-pillar and a wider track. The updated range goes on sale 'down under' around the end of March.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing, Alan Porich, said the power, economy and technology of the new V8 turbodiesel engine would add a new dimension to the LandCruiser 70 Series.

"The new V8 turbo-diesel engine and other improvements will enhance the performance, strength and legendary go-anywhere ability of the series," he said.

A Toyota (GB) spokesman on Friday told just-auto he was unaware of any plans to introduce the new turbodiesel V8 in Europe.

The 70 Series isn't sold in Europe and the Landcruiser models sold here instead are luxurious SUVs with engine options that include a large petrol V8 and a three-litre, four-cylinder 'D4-D' turbodiesel.

Graeme Roberts