Toyota USA Marks 60 Years of Toyota Land Cruiser with Heritage Edition
The Toyota Land Cruiser has been in Toyota USA’s lineup since 1958. To mark the 60+ years the nameplate has been around with the company’s USA office–far longer than the venerable Toyota Corolla which came to the country in 1968–Toyota USA has created the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition which “melds exclusive design with added function.”
Set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show, which will be held from February 9 to 18 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition pays tribute to the model’s evolution from a “bare-bones, mountain-climbing 4×4 to world-renowned, full-capability premium-luxury utility vehicle.”
The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition will only have two rows of seats, with the third-row seats being deleted to maximize its cargo capacity. It’s also fitted with all-weather floor mats and cargo liner, ostensibly to promote its off-road prowess.
Everything on the outside, however, let’s you know that it is still the premium sport utility vehicle that everyone has come to know. Its exterior color is limited to either Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl which complement the black-accented grille and bronze-colored, 15-inch BBS forged aluminum wheels that feature a ‘TOYOTA’ center cap. Furthermore, a vintage-style ‘Land Cruiser’ exterior badge evokes the vehicle’s long, accomplished history in an understated way. Completing the Heritage Edition’s “purpose-built overlanding focus” are the darkened headlight housings, fog lights with dark chrome surrounds and side mirrors with darkened chrome details. And before we forget, the running boards and chrome lower body side moldings of the standard Land Cruiser have been deleted.
Inside, the Heritage Edition is exclusively outfitted with black leather-trimmed upholstery, with the color of the bronze wheel carried into the cabin through the contrast stitching used for the steering wheel, door trim, center stack, console and seats.
For the 2020 model year, only 1,200 Heritage Edition units will be made available, with the vehicle going on sale in the third quarter of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.