The Land Cruiser name is turning 70 years old this year, and we expected Toyota to come out with a special model to celebrate it. But since the flagship Toyota SUV is in the midst of a full model change (which has yet to be officially revealed) they decided to make a special version of the "baby" Land Cruiser: the Prado.
Simply called the 70th Anniversary, the special edition Land Cruiser Prado gets some neat yet subtle upgrades inside and out.
Starting with its exterior, this particular Prado gets some special black trim pieces on the headlight surrounds, foglight bezels, side mirror caps, roof rails, and on the tailgate. It also gets unique 18-inch, twelve-spoke wheels that come with a dark finish. Last but not least, this Prado gets a special 70th Anniversary badge placed prominently on the tailgate.
Inside, it looks pretty much the same as standard models, though Toyota had a special embroidery done on the floor mats. Other than that, the SUV also gets a Saddle Tongue light brown leather upholstery that covers the seats, center console, knee pads, and door panels. Finally, brushed silver trim pieces on the dashboard provide the Land Cruiser Prado a more sophisticated look.
Under the hood, the Land Cruiser Prado is available with two engine options in Japan. There's the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel and the 2.7-liter gasoline inline-four. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. 4WD is available as an option.
For now, it looks like the 70th Anniversary special is only available in Toyota's home market. But with Toyota Motor Philippines sourcing the Land Cruiser Prado from Japan, perhaps they can get some examples here for the local market.