The Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is back, but there's a catch

The iconic 4x4 is back

In the 1980s, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 emerged as an iconic 4x4. This was before the days of luxe SUVs with dozens of cup holders and TVs in the headrests. This was when people bought four-wheel drive vehicles because they wanted to climb over rocks and trees, not because they wanted to tower over other parents in the drop-off lane at elementary school. Well, now the Land Cruiser 70 is back, kind of.

Toyota announced that it would be re-releasing the vehicle, but only in Japan, and only for one year. Two models of the Land Cruiser 70 will be sold, a van and a truck. Both will have a V6 4.0-liter 1GR-FE engine and a five-gear manual transmission. There will be an optional electric differential lock and the grille and hood have been updated. There will also be a 30th anniversary commemorative emblem on both sides of the vehicle.

Our excitement is definitely tempered by the fact that this won't be available in the U.S., but we're happy for our friends in Japan.

See more photos of the Land Cruiser 70 and a video of it in action below.

The grill and hood have been updated


This thing means business


The dashboard only has what you need


The no-frills interior


Look at that room


Watch the Land Cruiser 70 in action