By H&H Admin
The number 70 carries particular significance for Toyota’s Land Cruiser. It is 70 years ago that the first ‘Land Cruiser’ made its debut. Originally known as the Toyota BJ and intended for military use, this four-wheel drive juggernaut quickly went on to earn an enviable reputation for its go anywhere capability and rugged construction.
Secondly the number 70 refers to the long running 70-series of Land Cruiser. which comprises the 76 Station Wagon, 78 Wagon and 79 “bakkie” or LCV. In celebration of the 70-year milestone Toyota SA is pleased to announce the release of a 70th Anniversary edition. The special edition model will be applied to the 79-series single and double-cabvariants.
The special edition model builds upon the core Land Cruiser credentials and adds a host of utility-boosting parts and visual enhancements to deliver a bespoke model true to the needs of the ‘hardcore’ Land Cruiser enthusiast. A unique 70-year emblem has been affixed to the exterior and also included on the durable cotton canvas seat covers – making the 70th edition instantly recognisable.
The Toyota ellipse has been replaced by prominent TOYOTA lettering (similar to the Hilux GR-S and Land Cruiser GR-S) to create a signature look.
Another nostalgic touch is the bespoke Land Cruiser badge reminiscent of the iconic 40-series, which the celebration model wears proudly on its side doors.
The rest of the package focusses on equipping the model with features which not only play the visual part, but deliver when the going gets tough. Here, the heavy-duty front steel bumper, integrated winch and towbar equip the LC 70th anniversary model with the tools required for the job.
An overview of the unique specification enhancements are as follows:
- unique grey seat covers with 70th edition embroidery
- Land Cruiser branded floor mats
- Touchscreen audio system with Navigation & Bluetooth
- Heritage-inspired mesh radiator grille with TOYOTA lettering
- Heritage logo on side door
- 70th Anniversary emblem
- Tubular rear step bumper with detachable towbar
- Inner load-bed protector
- Rubberised load bed (3mm)
- Tubular front steel bumper
- Integrated winch preparation
The 70th Anniversary model will be offered exclusively in Ivory White and Sand Beige.
The Model line-up
Land Cruiser 79 S/C 4.5 Diesel V8 70th Edition – R 889,700
Land Cruiser 79 D/C 4.5 Diesel V8 70th Edition – R 943,100
A 3 year / 100 000 km warranty is included and customers can purchase various service plan packages from their nearest Toyota dealer (220 outlets nationwide). Service intervals are every 12 months/ 10 000 km.