Toyota has released a limited edition of its LandCruiser 200 Series that will make it the most expensive model to date.
The Toyota LandCruiser 200 Sahara Horizon sits on top of the existing range with a price of $129,090 plus on-road costs, which is dearer than the Sahara ($123,590), VX ($102,590), GXL ($91,890) and GX trade pack model ($80,190).
The price premium buys a unique grille with a dark finish, darkened headlight and foglight surrounds, leather-accented seats with “LandCruiser” embossed in the backrest, and a black leather-accented heated steering wheel.
Toyota says just 400 examples will be available locally and they are due to arrive in showrooms from later this month.
The arrival of yet another limited edition is an indication the current Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series is nearing the end of its model life, however Toyota is remaining tight lipped about the next-generation 300 Series.
Overseas reports claim first new model in 14 years will be unveiled in August before a showroom arrival some time in the next 18 months; a hybrid option is expected to be available, however it is not clear if this will be from the start of production or introduced at a later date.
A report by CarAdvice last year speculated the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series could adopt turbo diesel V6 power for the first time. It is unclear if the current twin turbo 4.5-litre V8 will soldier on or be axed when the 200 Series goes out of production.
Toyota dealers are fielding enquiries daily from keen LandCruiser enthusiasts who don’t want to give up their V8 power and have vowed to buy one of the last 200 Series if indeed the V8 is to go out of production.
While the LandCruiser V8 diesel will continue to meet Australian emissions requirements until at least 2027, other countries have more stringent regulations which has prompted the introduction of a hybrid option.
Meanwhile, standard equipment on the LandCruiser Sahara Horizon edition includes the twin turbo 4.5-litre V8 diesel that drives all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, LED lights, side steps, 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone air-conditioning, multi-terrain monitor, premium audio and rear seat DVD player, and embedded satellite navigation, but no Apple Car Play or Android Auto.
Toyota Safety Sense system is also standard and includes a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, auto-dimming high beam, a rear-view camera (though not a 360-degree image), front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.