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Toyota brings back Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, adding more options, for 2021

The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is mostly a carry over for 2021.

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Toyota continues to celebrate the history of the Land Cruiser with its Heritage Edition of the SUV. The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition is a carry over from the 2020 model year but has some added enhancements for 2021.

Two new exterior colors join the mix for 2021. In addition to Classic Silver Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic paint jobs, customers can order their special edition in Midnight Black Metallic and Blizzard Pearl. The paint jobs are accented by a grille with black features and bronze-colored BBS 18 x 8.0-inch forged aluminum wheels featuring a "TOYOTA" center cap.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition The model has classic logo script.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The body-on-frame model will continue to be powered by Toyota's thirsty 5.7-liter V8 engine, which produces 401 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota has given the off-roading capable model full-time four-wheel drive. Additionally, it gets Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist, CRAWL Control, and Off-Road Turn Assist standard. There are also skid plates to protect the suspension, radiator, fuel tank, and transfer case. Multi-Terrain Monitor allows for 360-degree visibility of the model's surroundings.

When equipped with the standard Trailer Towing Package, the Land Cruiser can pull a trailer up to 8,100 pounds.

The list of standard features is long and includes ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping and memory, power moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control with 28 cabin air vents, keyless entry, and push-button start. It also a 14-speaker JBL stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and wireless charging.

2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition wears bronze-colored wheels.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.


Toyota equips each model with its Toyota Safety Sense P suite of technology. It features lane departure alert a vehicle sway warning system, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Additionally, the SUV has standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Buyers are now able to choose between a two- or three-row version of the SUV. The two-row will be the base model while the three-row will be available for a premium.

Toyota has priced the two-row Land Cruiser Heritage Edition to start at $87,845. Pricing for the three-row model will be announced closer the the SUV's on-sale date. Production will begin in September.

The traditional 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser starts at $85,515.

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The 2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition is a throwback to a 1969 MINI.

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The MINI 1499 GT Special Edition pays tribute to the iconic 1275 GT from 1969 while the MINI Countryman Oxford edition offers unique value proposition. The two models are new for the 2021 model year.

2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition

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MINI has given the 1499 GT a Midnight Black Metallic exterior complete with gold 1499 GT side stripes. There's a Piano Black grille frame, door handles, and headlight rings, which surround LED headlights. There are Piano Black taillight rinks and Union Jack taillights.

The addition of the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) styling package adds JCW front and rear bumpers, side skirts, split level spoiler, and door entry plates. The MINI 1499 GT rids on 17-innch Track Spoke Black wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

Under the hood, the model has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The car can get from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

MINI refines the interior with more JCW accents including Sports seats in Carbon Black Dinamica/Cloth, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chili Red stitching and multi-function controls, along with Piano Black finishing throughout the interior with an Anthracite Headliner. The list of standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation, MINI Assist eCall, remote services, Apple CarPlay, and a digital instrument cluster.

The MINI 1499 GT will be offered with a starting MSRP of $27,040 plus an additional $850 destination and handling fee.

MINI Countryman Oxford Edition

MINI's small SUV, the Countryman, is getting a budget-friendly version that available with front- and all-wheel drive. It comes with the standard equipment list of the Classic Trim, which includes leatherette upholstery, an 8.8-inch display with Bluetooth, rear camera, rear park distance control, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and a panoramic sunroof. The Countryman Oxford Edition also has LED headlights and fog lights and Union Jack LED taillights.

MINI has given the model standard 18-inch wheels (Silver of Black) that are wrapped with run-flat tires, an anthracite headliner, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a choice of six exterior colors, including metallic paint options. Those options include British Racing Green IV metallic, Midnight Black metallic, White Silver metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Chili Red, or Island Blue metallic. Exterior options also include body color roof and mirrors, or choice of a contrast white or black roof and mirror combination.

The staring MSRP for the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman Oxford Edition is $26,500 and the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 Oxford Edition is $28,500, plus an additional $850 destination and handling charge. This means the MINI Countryman Oxford Edition is specially configured with $5,600 worth of optional equipment as standard at no additional cost.

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Ford has launched its new Bronco configuration tool.

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How would you build it? Now you can find out. The new 2021 Ford Bronco build-and-price configurator is live on the Ford website giving buyers the opportunity to customize their pick without having to commit to a deposit or trip to the dealership. Ford has received over 190,000 reservations for the Bronco to date.
It's also a great way to kill some time between Zooms.

"The color and material offerings of the all-new Bronco and Bronco Sport are genuine and trusted, and establish a visceral connection between nature and the authenticity of this new family of rugged SUVs," said Missy Coolsaet, Bronco color and materials designer. "They motivate our customers to return to the wilderness and challenge themselves – and Bronco takes them there in a carefree, spontaneous way."

2021 Ford Bronco configurator options

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The configurator works in a traditional sense, asking users to first enter their ZIP code then taking them to a menu where they choose a trim level. Ford offers the Bronco in seven trim levels: Base, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Badlands, Wildtrak, and First Edition.

Buyers are then asked to choose a two- or four-door model. The 2021 Bronco is available in a wide variety of colors, including some with deep Ford heritage, and wheel varieties.

Powertrains components are trim level-dependent and some paint and wheel color combinations are not compatible with the seven-speed manual transmission or the Sasquatch Package.

All-terrain, mud, or all-season tires are either standard or available depending on trim level and wheel choice.

Buyers can check options boxes for a hard top, sound-deadening headliner, roof rails with crossbar, splash guards, an upgraded bash plate, paint protection film, brush guard, keyless entry keypad, wireless charging pad, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, a 12.0-inch infotainment touch screen, 10-speaker B&O sound system, and LED headlights, depending on trim level. Higher Bronco grades get much of these features as standard.

Cloth, vinyl, or leather-trimmed seats are available. An Ebony black or Medium Sandstone interior are the only options, but Medium Sandstone is not available in all trim levels.

A variety of equipment groups and packages are available as well, including a graphics package that will put the profile of rolling hills on the lower quarter of your Bronco's door panels.

Check out the configurator now at Ford.com/Bronco.

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