TOYOTA USA has unveiled a Heritage Edition Land Cruiser 200 Series to mark 60 years of the iconic model in the United States. The Land Cruiser first became available in the USA in 1958; however, this special edition is being sold there as a 2020 model.
While most of what’s special about this Cruiser is the usual limited edition fare of blackouts, unique trim and leather upholstery, the items we couldn’t go past are the totally retro ‘Toyota Land Cruiser’ badges applied to the rear pillars. They are straight off the original FJ20 Cruisers and don’t look out of place on this latest model.
The Heritage Edition has a couple of concessions to improve off-road ability: the side steps have been omitted to improve clearance, and those mode-specific bronze alloy wheels are 18-inch forged units from BBs instead of the oversized rims many manufacturers would fit to special models.
Like all 200s in the US, the Heritage model is powered exclusively by the 5.7-litre petrol V8 engine back by an eight-speed automatic transmission and dual-range, full-time 4x4, as found under the Lexus LX570 model here in Australia. The Americans don’t get the 1VD-FTE twin-turbo diesel V8 which accounts for more than 98 per cent of Land Cruiser sales here.
The Heritage Edition will be limited to just 1200 models and will go on sale in the US later in 2019.
In Australia TMCA has produced a kind-of heritage edition of its own. This one-off LC200 Sahara is fitted with all the usual blackouts and factory accessories, and it cops a unique paint scheme in Vintage Gold Metallic with a contrasting white roof – a hat-tip to the classic FJ40.
What’s more, one lucky Australian will get the chance to win a custom-built Land Cruiser 200 Sahara as the major prize in the Raffle for Resilience fundraiser for Rural Aid, assisting drought-affected farmers across Australia.
“As the vehicle that’s played a part in the lives of so many rural Australians for 60 years, creating a bespoke Land Cruiser to support them made perfect sense,” said Toyota Australia chief marketing officer Wayne Gabriel when launching the prize at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this week.
“With the recent severe drought affecting millions across Australia, support for charities like Rural Aid is more crucial than ever and we are proud to have been able to provide support through the Toyota Country Music Festival [Tamworth],” Gabriel said. “The organisation does a fantastic job in providing a variety of support services for rural Australians across the country and we hope that the chance to own this one-off vehicle will encourage people to support this raffle.”
The Raffle of Resilience will be drawn on March 8, 2019. Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased online at: www.raffletix.com.au/?ref=wkzrz