The Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series is nearing the end of its production run and that means swansong special-editions are coming in thick and fast globally, including in Australia – but the United Arab Emirates (UAE) might just have the best one yet.
The United States (US) kicked things off with the Heritage Edition last November, while Australia entered the fray with the Horizon in February, and now the UAE has its own Heritage Edition, complete with barn doors.
In fact, the UAE has two Heritage Editions: one with a 202kW/385Nm 4.0-litre V6 and a five-speed manual, and another with a 227kW/439Nm 4.6-litre V8 and a six-speed torque-converter automatic. Both engines are naturally aspirated and run petrol.
“These models hark back to a time when passionate pioneers set out in search of adventure in the UAE,” Toyota said in a statement.
Variant-specific features include orange sequential front LED indicators (V8 only), 17-inch wheels (steel for the V6, and alloy for the V8), retro side decals (orange 70s style for V6, and grey 90s style for V8), black roof rails (V8 only) and fabric-trimmed seats embossed with ‘Heritage Edition’ embossed headrests (grey for V6, and cream moquette for V8).
Comparatively, Australia’s Horizon gets a dark-finish grille insert, black headlight and smoked-chrome front foglight surrounds, puddle lights with the LandCruiser logo, and ‘Horizon’ badging.
Inside, it picks up a heated steering wheel, black semi-aniline leather-accented upholstery with contrast stitching, a black headliner and ‘LandCruiser’ embossed headrests.
And unlike both UAE-market Heritage Editions, the $129,090 (plus on-road costs) Horizon is powered by a 200kW/650Nm 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine, which is mated to a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
For reference, the US-market Heritage Edition deletes the lower chrome accents and running boards, and adds dark-chrome finishes to the grille insert, side-mirror caps and foglight surrounds as well as bronze 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, a Yakima MegaWarrior roof rack and classic LandCruiser C-pillar badges.
Inside, black leather upholstery with bronze stitching features throughout, while all-weather floor and cargo mats are also found.
The US-market Heritage Edition is motivated by a 284kW/544Nm 5.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engine, which is matched to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
As reported, the LandCruiser 300 Series is set to launch globally next year with at least four powertrain options, including new turbo-diesel and a petrol-electric hybrid V6s.