Toyota is celebrating the Land Cruiser‘s 70th anniversary with a new limited-edition model, based on the classic 70 Series off-roader. And while there may be some debate on whether the Land Cruiser is actually 70-year-old, what’s absolutely undeniable is just how on-brand and cool the retro-inspired visual tweaks look.
Available in either a single-cab, double-cab, or wagon variants, the special-edition Land Cruiser can be painted in a selection of 70s exterior hues, include French Vanilla, Merlot Red, or Sandy Taupe. In line with the retro theme, the special edition model also comes with a variant-specific grille with the “TOYOTA” script instead of the usual, oval logo plastered in front.
Other exterior touches include tinted headlight lenses, blacked-out front bumper and fender flares, chrome-plated wing mirrors, LED front fog lights and daytime-running lights, as well as a set of dark grey 16-inch alloys. Marking it out further from the standard Toyota Land Cruiser models are the Heritage badge above the front fender, and of course, a ’70th Anniversary’ emblem round the back.
While the changes to the exterior can be likened to a retro re-styling exercise, the interior of the 70th anniversary Special Edition Toyota Land Cruiser is more of a quality of life update, with a number of new premium options that were not previously offered on the 70 Series model.
These include a “premium black upholstery” with black leather-accented trim on the steering wheel and gear shifter, an imitation wood trim on the dashboard, silver accents, and a newly-designed centre console with two additional USB ports and a pair of cupholders. Finishing off the look is, of course, edition-specific logos and badges on the dashboard and centre console.
Only 600 units of the 70-year-anniversary special edition Toyota Land Cruiser will be built, split between 320 double-cabs, 200 single-cabs, and 80 wagons, all of them destined for Australia. No matter which variant you choose though, they’re all powered by the same 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine with 202 hp and 430 Nm, paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.