1) No, I wouldn't classify it as an LC, but you can't ignore the lineage. The museum in SLC has these two lined up together for a reason.
2) In true Toyota manufacturing fashion, it shares a lot of engineering with previous/existing platforms. And following trucks evolved from it.
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It's not a Land Cruiser...not even close. FJC is a nice SUV, but LC it is not. Totally unrelated.
Good to know, thanks Rick. I never read Mud on my phone (though I used to read the blue forum on my phone, so I should have remembered that).
Not stirring the pot at all, just a valid question. A lot of subject experts on this internet thing and most of them don't have a dog in the hunt. Did not notice your "sig" line,my bad.