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Is this the end of the Toyota Land Cruiser?

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The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales)

We’d heard rumors that the Toyota Land Cruiser was going away, and in fact, Car and Driver posted an article just before Christmas that stated and confirmed the rumor.

But there hasn’t been a lot of chatter about this since because holidays.

So, in case you missed it: The Land Cruiser is dead after the 2021 model year.

Toyota released the Heritage Edition for 2020, to celebrate 60 years of this iconic off-roader, and now cue the death knell.

The official statement as quoted by Car and Driver is as follows:

“The Toyota Land Cruiser has been a legendary name for more than 60 years. While it will be discontinued in the United States after the 2021 model year, we remain committed to the large SUV segment and will continue to explore future products that celebrate the Land Cruiser’s rich off-road history. We encourage loyal enthusiasts and intrepid adventurers to stay tuned for future developments.”

A PR representative from Toyota confirmed this statement to us and said it was sent specifically to dealers in late November. However, no official press release has been posted to the media website about the demise of this vehicle.

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The Heritage Edition returns for 2021. (Image courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales)

There will be a 2021 model with another Heritage Edition (which should have been a clue about the RIP status), and gets minimal changes for this last model year (in hindsight, another clue). The Heritage Edition gets a third-row option, which it didn’t have in 2020, as well as two new colors: Classic Silver Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic.

The other big change for 2021: blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard across the lineup.

The bottom line on the Land Cruiser’s demise

It’s really hard for us to imagine Toyota would ditch the “Land Cruiser” name after more than 60 years. And the last sentence of the statement tells us there’s more to the story.

Thus, the answer the question from the headline is yes — and no.

I mean, Toyota just brought back the Venza name after a 5-year hiatus, so while this may be the end for now, we think Toyota has another trick or two up its sleeve for this icon.

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Toyota reveals pricing information for 2021 Land Cruiser, 4-Runner, and Tundra

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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