The current-generation Land Cruiser (LC200) is already in its twilight years. And as we expected, Toyota has started to release special, limited edition variants of the SUV as a swansong for the long-selling LC200.
They started with the Heritage Edition in the US, but now they've followed it up with, well, another Heritage Edition. This time it's for the Middle East market; a prime region for big 4x4s like the LC and the Patrol.
But the second one is nothing like the first. The one sold in America was loaded with extra luxuries and amenities, the Middle Eastern version goes back to basics. There's even a bit of a throwback to the '80s and '90s too. This special edition of the Land Cruiser comes in two flavors, namely Heritage 4.0L and Heritage 4.6L, which refers to their engine sizes.
The Heritage 4.0L has a bit of a retro vibe going with its exterior. For instance, it's riding on steel-pressed rims and uses the classic 'barn door' arrangement which splits the tailgate in half vertically. Another nod to the past is its tailgate-mounted spare tire and the side graphics which are inspired by the ones used by the LC60, the Land Cruiser generation sold from 1980 to 1990.
Just how basic is the Heritage 4.0L? It doesn't have cruise control and nor does it have a touchscreen. The seats are trimmed in cloth and you have to adjust the ones at the front manually, just like in Land Cruisers from decades ago. This version doesn't even come with third-row seats, which gives way to an expansive cargo area. It's not totally bare though as it does have automatic climate control and a cool box that refrigerates your refreshments.
This Land Cruiser's 4.0-liter V6 puts out 271 PS and 385 Nm of torque, which is then coursed through a five-speed manual and permanent four-wheel drive.
But if you prefer the car shift itself, you have to opt for the Heritage 4.6L with its V8 engine. Whereas the Heritage 4.0L, this one has more in the way of creature comforts. Yes, it's still on cloth seats but it's tan in color, and the words Heritage Edition are stitched on to the headrest.
The driver's seat is power-adjustable and it comes with a touchscreen this time around. Other comforts and convenience features include cruise control, the cool box, sunroof, headlight levelers, and even an on-board air compressor.
Also, the Heritage 4.6L has a slightly more spruced up exterior too. It now has alloys instead of steel rims, and there's more chrome to be seen as well. LED headlights replace the standard halogens in this variant, and it also gains a pair of LED foglights. Roof rails are part of the package too and last but not least are those decals on the side which Toyota says is reminiscent of the LC80's (1990 to 2000) stripes.
The 4.6-liter V8 in this particular variant makes 304 PS and 440 Nm of torque. It shifts via a six-speed automatic.
Given how strong of a following the Land Cruiser has in the Philippines, we do hope Toyota Motor Philippines comes up with a special edition of this popular SUV. A retro-inspired Land Cruiser would be a nice sight on our roads, wouldn't it?