A special edition celebrating more than six decades of rough-stuff capability

The 2019 Chicago Auto is now in full swing, and the McCormick Place convention center is absolutely overflowing with new trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Many of the models on the show floor offer some claim to off-road utility, but few can match the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, which mates a long history of conquering trails with a variety of unique cosmetic updates.

Polished And Ready For Dirt Duty

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Combines Off-Roading Prowess and Exclusive Luxury In Chicago
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Since 1958, the Toyota Land Cruiser has offered U.S. buyers impressive all-terrain capability, later gaining luxury appointment in the early ‘90s.

Now Toyota is offering the SUV’s well-established off-roading chops with even more unique touches inside and out via the 2020 Heritage Edition.

The unique aesthetic treatment starts outside, where the SUV’s body panels are covered in either Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl paint. There’s also extra black pieces for the grille. In the corners, the special edition’s wheels are sourced from BBS, sized at 18 inches in diameter and 8 inches in width. made from forged aluminum and finished in a bronze color, we think these rollers work well with the exterior style.

The badging is a nice touch as well, offering a vintage aesthetic that plays to the overarching theme. You’ll also notice that Toyota got rid of the running boards and chrome lower moldings, a move the automaker intends as a complement to the SUV’s “overlanding focus.”

Final details outside include a dark tint for the headlight housings, plus dark chrome surrounds for the fog lights and sideview mirrors.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Interior
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Inside, this special edition focuses on cargo space with a two-row seating configuration.

However, comfort and luxury are still plentiful, with black leather upholstery plus bronze contrast stitching. There’s also standard goodies like ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a nine-inch touchscreen, and a premium JBL audio with 14 speakers, plus safety tech like a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Sway Warning System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. And don’t worry about the muddy boots, because the foot wells and and cargo liner get a set of all-weather floor mats.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Combines Off-Roading Prowess and Exclusive Luxury In Chicago
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Even with all this finery, the special edition Land Cruiser’s capability is unchanged.

Motivation is derived from a 5.7-liter V-8 making 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, connecting to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Putting it all down is a full-time four-wheel drive drivetrain complete with a Torsen limited-slip locking center differential, plus a two-speed transfer case and selectable low-range. There’s also body-on-frame construction, double-wishbone suspension up front, and a four-link coil-spring rear suspension.

Complementing it all is a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System with hydraulically adjustable stabilizer bars, plus skid plates to protect vital components underneath. There’s also off-roading tech like Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist, CRAWL Control, and Off-Road Turn Assist.

Finally, the Trailer Towing Package is standard, and helps with the Land Cruiser tow up to 8,100 pounds.

Toyota will produce 1,200 units total of the 2019 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition. Look for it in dealers this summer. Pricing is so far unannounced, but for reference, the standard model starts at $85,015, so expect a significant up-charge beyond that. We’d guess a figure of $95,000 makes sense.

How Does The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Stack Up Against The Other CAS Off-Roaders?

The 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Adds Extra Luxury and Mild-Hybrid Power to the Off-Roader Segment
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Note: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque pictured here.

The 2019 Chicago Auto Show has no shortage of trucks and crossovers in attendance, including a variety of off-road-ready models to steal the limelight from the Land Cruiser.

One obvious competitor here is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which is smaller and less expensive than the Land Cruiser, but still offers tech like the ClearSight Ground View to help you plan your line through rutted trails without issue.

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Model is another obvious off-roading vehicle currently in Chicago, as is the Jeep Wrangler by Mopar.

Overall, if looks like Toyota has some pretty impressive off-road offerings on hand. Which would you take off the beaten path?

Further Reading

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Six decades and millions of adventurous miles in the making, the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition melds exclusive design with added function for its debut just ahead of the Chicago Auto Show, where it will be shown to the public for the first time.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Edition honors this legendary vehicle’s continuous evolution, from bare-bones, mountain-climbing 4x4 to world-renowned, full-capability premium-luxury utility vehicle. The Heritage Edition also celebrates the Land Cruiser’s continuous place in Toyota’s U.S. lineup since 1958. For the 2020 model year there will be 1,200 Heritage Editions available, with units going on in late summer of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to on-sale date.

The 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, only offered as a two-row model to maximize cargo capacity, is dressed elegantly for the occasion. The choice of Midnight Black Metallic or Blizzard Pearl exterior color is uniquely styled with a black-accented grille and bronze-colored BBS 18 x 8.0-inch forged aluminum wheels featuring a “TOYOTA” center cap. A vintage-style Land Cruiser exterior badge evokes the vehicle’s long, accomplished history in an understated way.

To complement its purpose-built overlanding focus, the running boards and chrome lower body side moldings of the standard Land Cruiser are deleted, while darkened headlight housings, fog lights with dark chrome surrounds and side mirrors with darkened chrome details underscore the vehicle’s sophisticated presence.

Highlighting the Land Cruiser’s renown for blending luxury with capability, the Heritage Edition is exclusively outfitted with black leather-trimmed upholstery. The bronze wheel color carries inside for the contrast stitching used throughout the cabin, including the steering wheel, door trim, center stack, console and seats. Finally, the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition features all-weather floor mats and cargo liner, so it’s ready to get out and have fun.

V8, 4WD Powerhouse
The Toyota Land Cruiser remains a benchmark for combining no-compromise capability with coddling luxury. Its sole available powertrain is a brawny yet refined 381-horsepower 5.7-liter DOHC V8 engine, which produces 401 lb.-ft. of torque. The 8-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) teams with a versatile full-time 4WD system, which uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential and a 2-speed transfer case with selectable low-range.

Land Cruiser’s off-road capability is rooted in high-strength body-on-frame construction and sophisticated double-wishbone front and four-link coil-spring rear suspension. Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) hydraulically adjusts the stabilizer bars to enhance on-road smoothness and off-road wheel articulation. Off-road prowess is supported by a plethora of advanced assist technologies, including Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist, CRAWL Control, and Off-Road Turn Assist. Using the Multi-Terrain Select system, the driver can match wheel slip control to the surface and driving conditions.
Skid plates help to protect the front suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case, and Multi-Terrain Monitor provides nearly 360-degree visibility on tight trails. Equipped with a standard Trailer Towing Package, the Land Cruiser can pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds.

Roughing It in Luxury
The 2020 Heritage Edition features Land Cruiser’s full complement of amenities, including ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping and memory, power moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control with 28 cabin air vents, and Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start. For additional storage options, the Heritage Edition removes the cool box in the center console of the front seat.

A 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system features standard Premium JBL® Audio with Integrated Navigation, 14 JBL speakers, split-screen capability, advanced voice recognition, Siri® Eyes Free mode, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® connectivity and music streaming, and Qi wireless phone charging with compatible phones.

Toyota Safety Connect (with three years of complimentary service) uses onboard cellular technology, independent of the driver’s phone, to provide such services as Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and GPS-enhanced Roadside Assistance.
All Land Cruiser models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Using millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to detect a preceding pedestrian or a preceding vehicle, TSS-P Pre-Collision System is designed to automatically apply braking if necessary to help mitigate or avoid collisions in certain conditions. The system includes Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.
In addition to TSS-P, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also standard.

Land Cruiser Heritage
The Land Cruiser traces its origins to the 1951 BJ, Toyota’s bid to produce a small 4WD military vehicle. It was not chosen but went on to become the first motor vehicle to reach the sixth station on the trail to the top of Mt. Fuji. The BJ became the Land Cruiser in 1954, and an updated model, the 20-Series, was one of the first Toyota exports to the United States in 1958. The next Land Cruiser iteration, the 40-Series (a.k.a. FJ-40), arrived in 1960 and became an all-terrain icon (and now a collector’s item). A larger station wagon model followed in the late-1960s, putting the Land Cruiser on a path toward family adventures.
By 1991, the 80-Series Land Cruiser was well on its way to becoming a full premium model. The 100-Series codified that direction in the late-1990s with a V8 engine and full array of advanced chassis systems and luxury amenities. The current Land Cruiser, known internally as the 200-Series, is the most advanced and luxurious in the model’s history.

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