Making its U.S. debut in Chicago, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser complements a subtle cosmetic restyling with a host of feature refinements. The iconic full-size body-on-frame SUV also moves to pure mono-spec packaging format for the new year, a transition that adds all of the content in the previously optional Upgrade Package to the Land Cruiser's standards roster.

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Key exterior changes to the 2013 Land Cruiser include a refreshed front fascia that includes a new grille, headlamps with HID low beams and LED running lights. Also in the mix are revised taillamps and side mirrors, a chrome side molding strip and new 18-inch high-gloss aluminum wheels wrapped in 285/60 mud-and-snow tires.

Inside of its richly-appointed eight-passenger cabin, the latest Land Cruiser offers a choice of Sandstone or Black perforated leather upholstery, higher-gloss wood accents and brighter-finish metal accenting along with numerous other lesser tweaks. Key functional enhancements include ventilated front bucket seats and a heated steering wheel, a Multi-terrain Monitor with front, side or rear selectable views, Multi-information Display, an Eco Driving Indicator, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and additional 12V power outlet at the rear of the center console.

Highlighting the 2013 Land Cruiser's newly minted standards that come courtesy of the Upgrade Package are a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, JBL Premium Audio Package, Toyota Premium Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Navigation with the automaker's new Entune multi-media system, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice- and Bluetooth hands-free controls, a center-console cooler box, heated second-row seats, color-keyed rear spoiler, rain-sensing windshield wipers and headlamp cleaners. Although including these items in the basic mix did contribute to a substantial bump in base price, Toyota noted that over 98 percent of current Land Cruiser buyers already opt for the Upgrade Package.

No changes were made to the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser's 381-horsepower/5.7-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission, however the go-anywhere capability of its standard dual-range all-wheel-drive system has been enhanced by the addition of a new five-speed CRAWL Control with Off-Road Turn Assist and Downhill Assist Control features for the low-range as well as by several minor revisions to its suspension tuning. Also new for 2013 is a Trailer Sway Control system, a Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser arrives in dealer showrooms later this month. Pricing will start at $78,765.


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