The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser that will go on sale in the U.S later this year comes with exterior and interior styling enhancements, new driving performance features and an array of safety and convenience features. The new Land Cruiser also offers many popular features that were formerly available as options, but are now standard such as 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.
Refreshed exterior styling for the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser includes an updated front grille, headlamps with HID low-beams, and LED Daytime Running Lights. Land Cruiser is available in seven exterior colors, including Pearl White, which is new to the palette. Additional colors include Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Salsa Red Pearl, Sonora Gold Pearl, Amazon Green Metallic and Black.
Inside, the new Toyota Land Cruiser receives an updated interior available in 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.
Toyota Land Cruiser is powered by the 5.7-liter V8 DOHC VVT-I engine produces 381 hp at 5600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. at 3600 rpm. The Land Cruiser uses regular-grade (87 AKI) gasoline and is ULEV-II certified. The six-speed automatic transmission is designed to handle high torque while performing with luxurious smoothness.
The Land Cruiser’s body-on-frame construction provides rugged durability in extreme driving conditions, plus impressive towing capability and ride isolation characteristics. The Land Cruiser’s high-mount double-wishbone front-suspension system uses gas-pressure shock absorbers, a hollow stabilizer bar, and coil springs. This system provides a high level of off-road driving capability and suspension control while maintaining outstanding on-road driving comfort.
New on Land Cruiser is a Multi-terrain Select system that dials in wheel slip control to match the terrain. In loose terrain such as mud and sand, more-than-normal wheel slip is permitted, allowing wheel-spin to work in the vehicle’s favor.
A new five-speed CRAWL Control with an Off-Road Turn Assist feature helps make traversing difficult terrain easier. With the transfer case shifted into low range, CRAWL Control regulates engine speed and output (along with braking force), to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of five low-speed settings.
The Toyota Land Cruiser sits on P285/60 R18 mud-and-snow steel-belted radial tires mounted on new 18 x 8.0-inch aluminum alloy wheels with a high-gloss finish (including a full-size spare). The brake system employs 13.4-inch ventilated discs with four-piston calipers up front and 13.6-inch ventilated discs at the rear. Variable gear ratio power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering requires just 3.1 turns lock-to-lock. Gear ratio is set larger around the steering center and smaller around the end position.