Land Cruiser Heritage Edition launched in US


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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  • Hairymonster 23 Jan 2019

    Whenever someone launches something with 'Heritage' in the name, I usually substitute this for "old models we've tarted up to try and get rid of"

  • llcoolmac 24 Jan 2019

    Hairymonster said:
    Whenever someone launches something with 'Heritage' in the name, I usually substitute this for "old models we've tarted up to try and get rid of"
    Maybe, but what are they supposed to do to improve it? I honestly feel messing with this car will only make it a worse vehicle for the people that drive these. Adding tonnes of unnecessary tech would ruin these. They are work vehicles.

  • Hairymonster 24 Jan 2019

    llcoolmac said:
    Hairymonster said:
    Whenever someone launches something with 'Heritage' in the name, I usually substitute this for "old models we've tarted up to try and get rid of"
    Maybe, but what are they supposed to do to improve it? I honestly feel messing with this car will only make it a worse vehicle for the people that drive these. Adding tonnes of unnecessary tech would ruin these. They are work vehicles.
    Make it lighter, give it a more efficient engine, reduce the consumption, lower the co2 for starters.

  • petop 24 Jan 2019

    Hairymonster said:
    llcoolmac said:
    Hairymonster said:
    Whenever someone launches something with 'Heritage' in the name, I usually substitute this for "old models we've tarted up to try and get rid of"
    Maybe, but what are they supposed to do to improve it? I honestly feel messing with this car will only make it a worse vehicle for the people that drive these. Adding tonnes of unnecessary tech would ruin these. They are work vehicles.
    Make it lighter, give it a more efficient engine, reduce the consumption, lower the co2 for starters.
    And then what would 90% of the worlds armoured 4x4's be made of? For the reason its built like a tank before you even add ballistic protection is the reason why its so good in this role. And to be fair, they handle ok in and out of Kabul's finest yellow taxis!

  • llcoolmac 24 Jan 2019

    Hairymonster said:
    llcoolmac said:
    Hairymonster said:
    Whenever someone launches something with 'Heritage' in the name, I usually substitute this for "old models we've tarted up to try and get rid of"
    Maybe, but what are they supposed to do to improve it? I honestly feel messing with this car will only make it a worse vehicle for the people that drive these. Adding tonnes of unnecessary tech would ruin these. They are work vehicles.
    Make it lighter, give it a more efficient engine, reduce the consumption, lower the co2 for starters.
    Make it lighter...how? By reducing the service life of the parts? Remove mass and you make it weaker, if you want to make it lighter and retain the strength you will almost certainly be making it more expensive also.

    They are designed with a 25 year service life. Any weight reduction will reduce that. Our one is about to tick over 480,000 very tough miles. It gets worked hard every day of the week. It's on all of its original suspension parts,I engine has full compression on all basic cylinders and it doesn't use a drop of oil. I'm fairly sure it is still on it's original clutch too. It does 24mpg regardless of whether we are towing a 3 tonne trailer or driving along. And we are perfectly happy with that economy. It's one of the most reliable engines ever built, if they go screwing with it because of stupid emissions regulations then I am certain they will make it less dependable. A downsized engine to achieve lower co2 would almost certainly be worse on fuel when being worked hard even if it's better when cruising. I still doubt it would crack 30mpg even on a motorway run. That's not a trade off I would be willing to take.

    Edited by llcoolmac on Wednesday 23 January 23:31

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