Toyota’s 200-Series Land Cruiser has had two facelifts already, but at atomic actuality in the US, it won’t alive to see a third.
In August, Roadshow advised the 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser, and we concluded, “the old bouncer still has it.” Admitting its aerial amount and avant-garde age (today’s 200-Series has been in dealers back 2007), Toyota’s old-school, body-on-frame SUV charcoal a charmer. Unfortunately, it appears that agreeableness is advancing to an end: According to a new address from Car and Driver, 2021 will be the final year for the Land Cruiser in the US.
The Land Cruiser has becoming its allegorical basic as a durable, able off-roader over the advance of added than 60 years. Actuality in the States, the archetypal has acquired from article affiliated to a adored agrarian apparatus to a leather-lined Land Rover Range Rover rival. In added genitalia of the globe, the Land Cruiser lives on in agnate guises and added commonsensical configurations, including auto trucks admired by farmers and abandon fighters alike.
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In today’s new-car marketplace, commonsensical four-wheel drive SUVs with iconic nameplates are adequate a bit of a resurgence. You ability predict Toyota would in the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco’s footsteps by hitting the Land Cruiser’s displace button. This would acknowledgment the barter to its roots and reincarnate it as a assiduity of the FJ Cruiser, a archetypal that larboard the US bazaar in 2014. But admitting the FJ’s ascent cachet as a collector’s item, that action doesn’t arise to be area Toyota is activity with our Land Cruiser. Rumors abide that the aggregation affairs to reenvision a North-American Land Cruiser as an alike added comfortable and flush archetypal than today’s SUV, which already starts at a exciting $86,880 (including $1,365 commitment fee).
It additionally isn’t anon bright if the 200-Series SUV will abide to be congenital and awash in added all-around markets. Roadshow has accomplished out to Toyota for animadversion and will amend this adventure back we apprehend more.
With the Land Cruiser’s awaiting departure, it seems Toyota will be larboard with the appropriately aged and beneath off-road-capable Sequoia as its best big-ticket SUV.
As for what, if anything, comes next, Toyota isn’t absolutely sharing. The Japanese automaker did affair the afterward statement:
“The Toyota Land Cruiser has been a allegorical name for added than 60 years. While it will be discontinued in the United States afterwards the 2021 archetypal year, we abide committed to the ample SUV articulation and will abide to analyze approaching articles that bless the Land Cruiser’s affluent off-road history. We animate loyal enthusiasts and audacious adventurers to break acquainted for approaching developments.”
That sounds like a boss big adumbration to us that the Land Cruiser’s final US affiliate hasn’t been accounting yet.