Simply known as the Heritage Edition and limited to 1 200 units, the mainly aesthetic upgrades are made of bronze 18-inch forged BBS alloy wheels with a special TOYOTA centre cap, a black grille, darkened headlight surrounds, a vintage Land Cruiser badge on the D-pillar, dark chrome fog light surrounds, chrome mirror caps and a choice of two colours; Blizzard Pearl and Midnight Black Metallic.
Just as subtle, the interior receives black leather upholstery with contrasting bronze stitching on the door cards, centre console, seats and steering wheel, and special all-weather floor mats and boot liner.
No changes to the standard specification list has however been made, with the Heritage Edition boasting items such as quad-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, ventilated front seats, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, USB and Bluetooth, a wireless smartphone charger, heated steering wheel, sunroof, electric front seats with memory function and a JBL sound system.
Safety comes courtesy of Toyota’s Safety Sense P array of technologies that includes Auto High Beam Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert and Sway Warning, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring.
Like the standard Land Cruiser 200, the Heritage Edition comes powered by a 5.7-litre V8 that produces 284kW/544Nm, which is hooked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a low range transfer case and a Torsen limited-slip centre differential being carried over. Also standard are off-road aids such as the Multi-Terrain Select system, Downhill Assist Control, Crawl Control, Hill Start Assist, Off-Road Turn Assist, the Multi-Terrain 360 degree monitor and the Trailer Towing Package that allows for a tow rating of 3 674kg.
Sales of the Heritage Edition is set to commence after its debut in The Windy City, but don’t expect it to be offered in South Africa as it has been designated for the United States only.