Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series XJ700 concept revealed
Hiding away in a corner at the Tokyo Motor Show was this Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series XJ700 concept, which almost no-one noticed…
SO, CAN WE EXPECT TO see a new Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series anytime soon? No. Sorry. Although it looks like it could be testing the waters for a retro version of the rugged 70 Series, the LandCruiser XJ700 concept is no more than Toyota Auto Body’s present to itself.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Toyota Auto Body revealed a number of concept vehicles at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, but none beyond the XJ700 caught our eye. According to our Dr Pepper, there was no-one at the show that could tell him anything about it, so, we did some digging.
The XJ700 is nothing more than a one-off concept and Toyota tells Practical Motoring it has no plans to do anything with it. “The vehicle is a concept (based off a Landcruiser 70-series Short wheel Base) created by Toyota group company “Toyota Autobody” to celebrate their 70th anniversary of operations,” says Steve Coughlan, product PR manager at Toyota Australia.
The XJ700 Concept is clearly just a new snout bolted onto the front of an existing LandCruiser 70 Series, but it looks good and definitely hints and what could be done to modernise the 70 Series and give Toyota a competitor to the new Defender when it arrives. On the inside, the XJ700 was given a colour-ordinated interior with orange piping on seats and the dashboard. And that’s about it.