Toyota celebrates Land Cruiser’s 70th Anniversary… with a special edition Prado

Toyota is celebrating 70 years of Land Cruisers with a new special edition model… with a twist. Instead of a Ninja King Land Cruiser, Toyota is actually making a 70th Anniversary Edition Land Cruiser Prado – a model that was only introduced in 1984.

Anyway, to celebrate 70 years of land cruising, the Japan-exclusive model is fitted with blacked-out details all around the exterior, including the front grille, wing mirror, roof rails, and the 18-inch alloys. The black accents are complemented by a choice of five exterior paint colours, including an exclusive dark green hue (seen above) that’s only available on the 70th anniversary Toyota Prado.

Inside, the special edition model comes upholstered with a coat of luxurious Saddle Tongue brown leather, alongside a new silver-painted dashboard trim on the passenger side. The 70th Anniversary embossed floor mats, however, are optional extra cost items. Customers will also be able to opt for either the five- or seven-seater configuration.

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 70th Anniversary Edition will be offered with two powertrain options: a 2.8-litre turbodiesel (similar to that of the new Hilux Rogue), which produces 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque, or a 2.7 litre petrol that makes 161 hp and 246 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, driving all four wheels.

With Toyota set to introduce a brand-new replacement model for the Land Cruiser Prado, the 70th Anniversary Edition might also be the SUV’s last hurrah after 12 years of service. Rumours have been swirling around a new model to be launched as soon as this year, built on a new TNGA-F body-on-frame platform that will also underline the next-generation Toyota Hilux.

The biggest news in the next-generation Land Cruiser line-up however, is of course, electrification. Previous leaks have suggested that the big-boy Land Cruiser will ditch the large V8 engine for its next generation model, in favour for a smaller, twin-turbocharged hybrid V6 engine, and it’s likely that the Prado will also follow suit.

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 70th Anniversary edition will be available exclusively in Japan, starting at JPY4,290,000 (~RM160k) before optional extras.



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