It’s back – Toyota is celebrating the 70 years of the legendary Land Cruiser with a 70 series special-edition model of the popular off-roader…
Just 600 examples of the 70th Anniversary Land Cruiser will be produced – 320 double cabs, 200 single cabs, and 80 wagons – available in three colours, French Vanilla, Merlot Red, and Sandy Taupe1.
There’s only one problem… It’s only available in Australia, which is a shame given the retro styling of this lovely old girl is a wonderful thing and looks nothing like the usual generic balloons we often see wandering around the streets of just about every city in Blighty these days.
While the classic ‘box’ shape has been maintained, bold styling enhancements that complement Land Cruiser’s rock-solid off-road reputation have been given careful consideration including a black heritage grille with ‘TOYOTA’ lettering, matching the black front bumper and flared wheel arches.
Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley:
“The Land Cruiser nameplate has earned legendary status in Australia, with a decades-long track record of durability and reliability in the toughest conditions our country has to offer,” Mr Hanley said.
“The 70th Anniversary special-edition is a tribute to the many Land Cruisers that came before it, helping Australians navigate our harsh and rugged environment, whether that’s through the desert, across the mountains, or deep in the forest.”
Externally the stealth treatment continues with a set of darkened 16-inch alloy wheels and headlamp bezels, while the front fog lamps and daytime running lights have been upgraded to LED units. There’s also a rather nice ‘Heritage’ Land Cruiser badge above the front wheel arch, as well as a ‘70th Anniversary’ emblem.
Inside is quite nice too with seats clad in premium black upholstery, while black leather-accented trim has also been applied to the steering wheel and gear shifter. The interior’s ambiance has been further enhanced with a woodgrain-look trim and instrument panel, silver accents for the air vents and black treatment for the switch trims on the doors. A newly designed black centre console has also been fitted, complete with two additional 2.1-amp Type A USB chargers and a pair of cupholders.
All versions are powered by the strong and bulletproof 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8, producing 151kW/430Nm and coupled with a five-speed manual transmission.
Available down under, the cars will arrive in dealerships in September 2021. Anniversary models are priced from $80,050 (single cab), $82,600 (double cab) and $78,500 (wagon)2.
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