The Land Cruiser nameplate is one of Toyota's longest running models to date. In fact its been so long that the ever popular SUV has been in production for over 60 years already, and has since continued to cement its legacy as Toyota's all reliable, off-road machine. In order to celebrate the occasion, the Japanese automaker has built a special edition model called the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition.
Based on the current-generation LC200, the Heritage Edition has some unique features which help distinguish it from the standard Land Cruiser. For starters, there are new 18-inch bronze BBS wheels which are exclusive only to the Heritage Edition model. The large grill up front has then been finished in dark chrome. The headlight housings and foglight surrounds have also undergone the dark chrome treatment.
In order to help bring the special edition Land Cruiser back to its go-anywhere roots, the running board and lower body side molding found on the standard model has been removed in order to increase ground clearance.
Possibly the coolest and distinct feature of the Heritage Edition would be it's vintage themed badging behind the rear windows. For those who don't know, the 'Toyota' font and scripted 'Land Cruiser' are styled in the same fashion as the original badge used on the early 40Series Land Cruiser (which keen-eyed readers can spot hidden in the main photo).
Inside, there have been some changes as well. The most significant change would be the lack of third-row seating, making the Heritage Edition strictly a 5-passenger SUV. The black leather upholstery inside now gets bronze contrast stitching to complement the bronze wheels. All-weather matting and cargo liners come standard with the package as well.
Despite the exterior and interior changes, the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition retains the same mecahnical components as that of the standard US-spec Land Cruiser. It continues to use a 5.7-liter V8 which produces 381 PS and sends it to a full-time four-wheel drive system using an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition will make its pubic debut at the upcoming 2019 Chicago Motor Show and will be limited to only 1,200 units. It will also be offered in two exterior colors only – Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl.