Toyota Land Cruiser turns 60 in 2011 and to celebrate this landmark, Toyota is launching new top-of-the-range 60th Anniversary versions of both its standard five-door Land Cruiser and the flagship Land Cruiser V8.
The 4x4 Land Cruiser is still one of the toughest machines on four wheels: it has crossed deserts, conquered the Arctic and Antarctic wastelands, passed through tropical rain forests and generally taken the worst the world can throw at it in its stride.
The 60th Anniversary variants have the same robust construction and sophisticated array of driving and control systems for exceptional on and off-road performance as their established sister models, together with some extra style and equipment details.
There’s more torque and power on tap and the 3.0-liter D-4D engine fitted to Land Cruiser has been re-engineered, which results in maximum output up from 171 to 188bhp and maximum torque from 410 to 420Nm, meaning that performance gains are achieved without harming emission levels or fuel economy. The engine, which is equipped with a new diesel particulate filter (DPF), is able to meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards.
The Toyota BJ of 1951, a truck-derived model that was initially developed for military use, is considered the Land Cruiser’s ancestor. Within six months of its launch, the BJ was touted as a champion, becoming the first vehicle to be driven to the sixth hill station of Japan’s Mount Fuji - 2,500 meters up.
Because of this, the BJ was added to the Japanese police fleet and the model’s long-term success began. In 1954, the new Type 25 BJ was given a generic model name, Land Cruiser, which continues to be used until today.