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Land Cruiser Heritage Edition launched in US

A limited run Land Cruiser with a V8 and bronze wheels? Oh how we envy you America

By Sam Sheehan / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

It's been 60 years since the Land Cruiser was first introduced to the US, so to mark the occasion Toyota is producing a limited run Heritage Edition that gains vintage details and a plusher interior.

Like the regular US-spec Land Cruiser, the 1,200-run Heritage Edition is offered in V8 form only, meaning it has 386hp and 4,01lb ft of torque to play with and drives all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. But to set it apart from the rest of the range, it gains a set of 18-inch BBS wheels finished in bronze. Yum.

Additionally, the special variant ditches side steps and uses black rather than chrome surrounds, helping to de-clutter the exterior's design. Darkened headlight housings and fog lights with dark chrome surrounds add to the look, while a set of classically styled badges that look like they've been pinched straight off of a J40 are a nod to the model's six-decade past.

Inside, the Heritage Edition gets black leather upholstery as standard with bronze stitching, which matches the shade of the wheels outside, as well as the highest-specification 9.0-inch infotainment system. Only two rows of seats are available and there are weatherproof mats as standard, emphasising that the Heritage Edition would rather be treading along a rocking valley with a boot full of camping gear than carrying the kids to kindergarten.

To be honest, that's true of the regular car too - the Land Cruiser is a proper body-on-frame SUV with double-wishbone front and four-link coil-spring rear suspension, after all. Little wonder it has ranked as a favourite for those who live and work in hard to reach places ever since its inception as a military vehicle.

Still, we'd like ours with bronze wheels and vintage badges, but for those of us who live on the other side of the Atlantic, no heritage model is planned. That means we'll have to make do with the regular diesel Land Cruiser, although thankfully even this more humble model is one of the most capable off-road vehicles to have ever made production.

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