LandCruiser goes platinum with special 70 Series
Toyota celebrates LandCruiser’s 70th anniversary with limited-edition 70 Series models.
It’s difficult to imagine modern Australia without the hulking shape of a Toyota LandCruiser somewhere in the periphery of our vision.
Land Rovers may have helped explore the veldts of Africa and Jeeps have blazed all sorts of trails across the Americas. In Australia it’s the LandCruiser that has criss-crossed our vast island continent more regularly and reliably than any other 4x4.
The first day of August 2021 marked the 70th anniversary of the off-road icon’s Japanese debut – where it was initially badged “BJ” before being rebranded LandCruiser three years later.
Toyota marked the occasion by releasing limited-edition versions of the rugged LandCruiser 70 Series.
Since then, more than 10 million LandCruiser-badged vehicles have been sold worldwide, including an estimated 1.14 million in Australia, where the vehicle’s legendary off-road capability, durability and reliability have made it the top choice for miners, off-road enthusiasts, farmers, and more.
Arriving in dealerships in September 2021, the 70th Anniversary special-edition 70 Series models will be based on the flagship GXL grade and offered as a 76 Series wagon and 79 Series single and double cab chassis pick-up.
The new models are distinguished by a black heritage grille with bold “Toyota” lettering, matching the black front bumper and wheel arch flares.
Other changes include darkened 16-inch alloy wheels and headlamp bezels along with front fog lamps and daytime running lights that have been upgraded to LED units.
A “Heritage” LandCruiser badge above the front wheel arch and a “70th Anniversary” emblem are the only other exterior changes, while inside the special-edition models feature several premium options not previously available on the 70 Series.
These include seats clad in premium black upholstery with black leather-accented trim on the steering wheel and gear shifter.
Other interior changes include 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.
Just 600 examples of the 70th Anniversary LandCruiser will be produced – 320 double cabs, 200 single cabs and 80 wagons – available in three colours, French vanilla, merlot red and sandy taupe.
Al versions feature the existing 4.5-litre turbodiesel V8, producing 151kW/430Nm and mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Other standard inclusions are front and rear differential locks, a raised air intake and 130-litre fuel capacity.
Toyota Australia Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said Australian customers had made LandCruiser the icon it is today.
"The LandCruiser 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 LandCruisers that came before it.
“The icing on the cake as we celebrate 70 years of LandCruiser will be the all-new 300 Series that we will launch later this year with the capability, performance and comfort to take Australians further than ever before."