February 8th will be the lucky day when we’ll have the honor to catch a glimpse of the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser at the Chicago auto show.
Not a long time ago Toyota Land Cruiser full-size sport utility vehicle celebrated 60 years since its original launch in Japan, remaining a constant presence in Toyota’s US model lineup for about 50 years. At the beginning the model was a basic four-wheel-drive utility vehicle, which became an eight-passenger SUV appreciated and sold in 188 countries.
Over the years improvements and adjustments have been made to create what is now the 2013 Land Cruiser. The exterior includes an updated front grille, low-beams HID headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, redesigned mirrors and tail lamps, and chrome side molding.
The interior design hasn’t been neglected. There are two options available, Sandstone or Black, both featuring perforated leather trim, higher gloss wood grain finish, ventilated seats, chrome-plated air registers, brighter silver instrument-panel ornamentation and updated meter-cluster lighting. Of course, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser wouldn’t have been the same without some state-of-the-art technology: Multi-terrain Monitor with front, side or rear selectable views, a heated steering wheel, a new Multi-information Display, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, an Eco Driving Indicator light and zone display, an AC120V rear-cargo-deck power outlet, and an additional 12V-DC power outlet at the rear of the center console.
The 5.7-liter V8 DOHC engine offers 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. The car uses regular-grade (87 AKI) gasoline and is ULEV-II certified. The Land Cruiser is an amazing tow vehicle, due to the fact that 90% of peak torque is available at just 2,200 rpm.