2020 Toyota Land Cruiser – Heritage Edition
The iconic Toyota Land Cruiser is celebrating its 60th anniversary, so why shouldn’t it celebrate by doing something special? To that end, this iconic SUV’s 2020 lineup will include a Heritage Edition that will pay homage to a truly rich off-roading history. One way it will do this is by focusing on the vehicle’s original utility factor and its ability to carry abundant cargo: for one thing, it won’t have an optional third row of seating. But as tough and capable as this 4×4 is, you can bet it doesn’t skimp on interior amenities (more on that later).
Under its hood, you’ll find a rugged 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque; it’s mated to an eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. It also makes use of a full-time four-wheel drive system that uses a TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential and a two-speed transfer case with selectable low-range for the utmost in tackling the trails.
Improved Cargo Space and Luxury
One of the Heritage’s main points is its maximization of cargo space. Instead of the now-common three rows of seating, every Heritage will have two, like the original, to devote more space to carrying stuff (cargo capacity is listed at 82 cubic feet). Also, even though the Heritage is heavily embracing the Land Cruiser’s rough-roader roots, that doesn’t mean it has compromised on plushness. There are ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel with power tilt plus telescoping and memory functions, a power moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control with 28 total cabin air vents, Smart Key keyless entry, and push-button ignition.
With regard to technology features, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be standard, complete with a premium 14-speaker JBL audio system and fully integrated navigation. The Heritage Edition’s infotainment system will also provide split-screen capabilities, advanced voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth hands-free, Sirius XM satellite radio, and Qi wireless smartphone charging.
Advanced Safety Features
For added peace of mind while you’re on the road, every Land Cruiser will come with a three-year free trial for the Toyota Safety Connect system that uses the vehicle’s own cellular technology (independent from the driver’s cell phone) to provide safety-related services such as automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, an emergency assistance button (SOS), and GPS-enhanced roadside assistance.
Although this will eventually require a paid subscription, you’ll get plenty of active safety features in the standard Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system. Its state-of-the-art pre-collision system uses millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to detect both oncoming pedestrians and vehicles, and when it recognizes either of these it will apply the brakes to help avoid a collision. On top of this, TSS-P also includes a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert with a sway warning system, dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic high beams.