The venerable Land Cruiser has been around for six decades.
Save for the hopeless example purchased by Richard Hammond for that Top Gear special in Bolivia, the Toyota Land Cruiser is regarded by many gearheads to be one of the most legendary off-roaders of all time.
The 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition will be offered only as a two-row model to maximize cargo capacity. Buyers will have a choice of Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl paint colors, while a black-accented grille and bronze-colored BBS 18 x 8.0-inch forged aluminum wheels featuring a TOYOTA center cap sets the Heritage Edition apart from its mundane brethren.
By the way, an increasing number of Toyota trucks are starting to feature the old-school TOYOTA billboard somewhere on their exterior. Think it’s time for that flourish to make a permanent comeback on trucks from the Big T?
Running boards and lower bodyside chrome moldings are binned in an effort to make the rig more fit for off-road shenanigans just in case you choose to take your $80k ride off the beaten path. The remaining chrome detail has been darkened, along with the headlight housings. Inside, the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage edition carries the bronze wheel color onto the cabin’s contrast stitching that shows up on the steering wheel, door trim, center stack, and seats.
Under the hood is a familiar 381 horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine making 401 lb.-ft. of torque. The 8-speed automatic teams with a full-time 4WD system which uses a Torsen limited-slip locking center diff and a 2-speed transfer case. Land Cruiser is, of course, a body-on-frame brute in the finest of off-road traditions, able to tow 8100lbs.
For the 2020 model year there will be 1,200 Heritage Editions available, with units going on in late summer of 2019. The current Land Cruiser currently starts at $84,765 but pricing for this new model will be announced closer to on-sale date.