Released in 1984, the LandCruiser 70 Series won't be around forever. So what comes next?
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The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series has been a lifeline for people who live in the harshest and most remote parts of the world for many decades, and has grown to be the go-to for those who need a reliable and capable off-road vehicle.

But as the LandCruiser 70 Series edges towards its 40th birthday, the reality is the iconic model won't be around forever.

With a loyal customer base of LC70 drivers in Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, when the time eventually comes for Toyota to develop a replacement, there's a good chance it will follow the old recipe book closely.

Resident Photoshop artist Theophilus Chin has imagined what a next-generation dual-cab ute could look like if and when the 70 Series finally comes to the end of its production life.

Dubbed the '170 Series', the new model would be forced to adapt to a new world of regulations – with safety and emissions dictating the direction of the new design.

Modern exterior pull door handles, LED headlights and tail-lights, fog lamps, a curved windscreen, and cleaner body lines help bring the LandCruiser into the 21st century.

While some things change, others stay the same, with the 170 Series retaining the LandCruiser's quintessential split rims and 'TOYOTA' stamping on the rear tailgate.

When the 70 Series eventually dies, it's likely it will take the much-loved 4.5-litre turbo diesel V8 with it. Reports suggest the upcoming LandCruiser 300 Series wagon will replace the V8 with a choice of either a 3.5-litre hybrid petrol V6, or a 3.3-litre turbo diesel six-cylinder – the latter of which would likely end up in the LC70 replacement.

Toyota hasn't yet given an indication on how many years the 70 Series has left under its belt, but given an onslaught of safety and emissions regulations being introduce the world over, and the fact that the model was first released in 1984, it's likely to be sooner rather than later.