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Heritage Edition Marks Six Decades Of Toyota Land Cruisers

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Sixty years is a long time, even for an off-road icon.

Toyota's celebrating six decades since it started selling Land Cruisers in America. And to mark the occasion, it's rolled out this special edition.

Set to debut at the Chicago Auto Show next month, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition features some retro cues to tie it closer to the original that first landed on these shores in 1958. That includes a black-accented grille, bronze-colored 18-inch BBS forged alloys, darkened trim, and special badges inside and out. The interior's all done up in black leather, with contrast stitching to match the bronze wheels.

Not unlike the Hummer, Wrangler, and even the Lamborghini LM002, the Land Cruiser owes its origins to a military contract – albeit one it did not win. Now 68 years and numerous iterations later, it's become an icon among off-roaders and one of Toyota's longest-running nameplates.

By now the Land Cruiser has become much more luxurious than its precursors, leading Toyota to slap a Lexus badge on it, load it up with even more upscale accoutrements, and sell it as the LX. But even the Toyota-badged version is still pretty comfortable, and the Heritage Edition packs all the options.

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The long list of equipment includes ventilated front seats, heated/power steering wheel, power moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and 14-speaker JBL audio system.

The Heritage Edition comes in two-row form to maximize cargo space and will be available to order in either Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl. Power, as always, comes in the form of a 5.7-liter V8 good for 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, channeled (naturally) to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, locking limited-slip differential, and two-speed transfer gear case. Pricing and availability to follow closer to launch.

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