The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) will make its first North American appearance on 8th of February at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. The legendary vehicle has just celebrated its 60th birthday since its original launch in Japan. Since then it has remained constant in Toyota model lineup.

The new 2013 Land Cruiser receives an array of new and updated exterior and interior. The exterior has been refreshed and includes an updated front grille and headlamps with HID low-beams. In addition there are also LED Daytime Running Lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side mirrors and tail lamps. Next to the exterior, the interior has also been refreshed. It is now available in two color choices: Sandstone or Black. Additional refinements include perforated leather trim with ventilated front seats, a higher gloss wood grain finish, brighter silver instrument-panel ornamentation, chrome-plated air registers, and updated meter-cluster lighting. Moreover there are also brand new features included: Multi-terrain Monitor with front, side or rear selectable views; a new Multi-information Display; an Eco Driving Indicator light and zone display; a heated steering wheel; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; an additional 12V-DC power outlet at the rear of the center console; and a rear-cargo-deck power outlet that has been changed to AC 120V from AC 115V.

2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

The good news is that the Land Cruiser will now come with all features as standard equipment! They will also include new driving-performance components, and an array of significant safety and convenience features. Standard performance and safety features for example comprise of five-speed CRAWL control with Off-Road Turn Assist, Multi-Terrain Select, Multi-Terrain Anti-lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Trailer Sway Control, Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a retuned suspension. Furthermore, as a standard now come the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-keyed rear spoiler, rain-sensing windshield wipers, center-console cooler box, headlamp cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice and Bluetooth® hands-free controls, leather-trimmed shift lever and heated second row seats. And to all these features, Toyota has also included as a standard Toyota's Premium Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Navigation with Entune multi-media system and JBL® audio.

More importantly, the Land Cruiser has a 5.7-liter V8 DOHC engine, which produces 381 horsepower (280kW) at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. (543 Nm) of torque at 3,600 rpm. The Land Cruiser uses regular-grade (87 AKI) gasoline and is ULEV-II certified.

The 2013 Land Cruiser will be arriving at Toyota dealerships this month.

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Source: Toyota