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Toyota Land Cruiser 2020 Heritage Edition celebrates SUV's illustrious history

The Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition sports a slightly-tweaked exterior look, as well as bronze wheels and a new roof rack.

Toyota has launched the Land Cruiser Heritage Edition in the US with a number of equipment enhancements to the large SUV.

Unfortunately, the Heritage Edition is exclusive to the US, but a special version of the Land Cruiser in the same vein could make its way to Australian showrooms as the local arm of Toyota regular launches unique variants.

From the outside, the Heritage Edition differentiates itself from the rest of the Land Cruiser line-up with the removal of the lower chrome accents and running boards.

To compliment the lack of lower-body chrome highlights, the high-sheen finish is also dulled on the front grille, side mirrors and foglamps.

Meanwhile, dark housing inserts are fitted to the headlights to complete the understated exterior styling.

The Heritage Edition comes with BBS 18-inch alloy wheels. The Heritage Edition comes with BBS 18-inch alloy wheels.

For the less sharp-eyed car-spotter, the historic badging that pays homage to the original FJ40 and found on the C-pillars are a dead giveaway, as is the Yakima MegaWarrior roof rack up top.

Wheels come courtesy of BBS, and measure 18 inches in diameter, made from forged aluminium and finished in a bronze colour.

Inside, the colour of the wheels is referenced in the contrast stitching of the black-leather interior, which encompasses the steering wheel, door trim, centre stack, console and seats. All-weather floor and cargo mats also feature.

Powering the Heritage Edition is a carryover 5.7-litre petrol V8, which is tuned to 284kW of power and 544Nm of torque, which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Naturally, the ladder-chassis Land Cruiser Heritage Edition features four-wheel drive, as well as multi-terrain select (Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock, and Mud and Sand), a Torsen limited-slip differential, dynamic suspension system and terrain monitor.

The Heritage Edition does lose out on the dual-screen 11.6-inch rear passenger DVD entertainment system and centre console cooler box. The Heritage Edition does lose out on the dual-screen 11.6-inch rear passenger DVD entertainment system and centre console cooler box.

Other standard equipment includes a 14-speaker JBL sound system, 9.0-inch multimedia touchscreen system with satellite navigation, 4.2-inch multi-information driver display, moonroof, four-zone climate control and wireless smartphone charger.

However, the Heritage Edition does lose out on the dual-screen 11.6-inch rear passenger DVD entertainment system and centre console cooler box.

In terms of safety, the Heritage Edition is fitted with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, 10 airbags, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and surround-view monitor.

The Heritage Edition is priced at $US87,645 stateside, which directly translates to $A127,169. For reference, the Land Cruiser 200 kicks off at $77,832 before on-road costs in Australia.