Toyota Denies US Land Cruiser 70 [w/Video]
The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series, first introduced in 1984, has become an icon of reliability and toughness for the automaker. Now, Toyota has introduced the Land Cruiser in celebration of its 30th anniversary — but there's some bad news. Well, it's not bad news if you live in Japan. That's because it's the only place in the world you're going to be able to buy the limited-edition model. It's only on sale for a year and then it goes away – probably to show up in the world's used car marketplace at inflated prices soon after. RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Land Cruiser 70
Toyota expects to receive 200 orders a month for the one-year period it will be sold. In addition to the four-door van model previously available, for the first time in Japan, customers will also be able to choose a double-cab pickup truck. Just to reiterate, Americans, Europeans, and the rest of the world can only look on in awe.
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The V6 4.0-liter 1GR-FE engine is the first of its kind in Japan. The use of VVT-i2 provides high intake efficiency, Toyota says, while a light aluminum cylinder block and an Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) enable a 6.6 km/L fuel efficiency (about 15.5 mpg) along with high power performance of 170 kW (about 227 horsepower) maximum rpm and 360 N/m (265 lb. ft.) maximum torque.
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To further exploit the anniversary, Toyota has come up with two special edition models (are they special edition squared?) that are basically glorified paint jobs with some bling thrown in. The Land Cruiser ZX Bruno Cross includes super chrome metallic paint, aluminum wheels, premium nappa leather seats and plated side mirrors. The Land Cruiser Prado TX Argento Cross features include a silver and black color scheme on the seat covers and roof railing, an exclusive dark gray metallic paint for the wheels, and a geometric instrument panel.