2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser priced from $77,955

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 20, 2012

Last Friday, Toyota unveiled the all-new 2013 Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle (SUV) but the car made its debut today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. With this occasion, the Japanese manufacturer also announced that the 2013 Land Cruiser will carry a base price of $77,955 (MSRP does not include the delivery, processing and handling (DPH) fee of $810).

According to the manufacturer, the 2013 Land Cruiser receives over $2,500 in new and updated equipment, inside and out. Some of the exterior styling includes an updated front grille and headlamps with HID low-beams, LED Daytime Running Lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side mirrors and tail lamps.

Just like the exterior, the interior was also updated and it is available in either 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.

Furthermore, the interior includes a 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 power outlet (DC 12V) at the rear of the center console; and a rear-cargo-deck power outlet that has been changed to AC 120V from AC 115V.

2013MY Land Cruiser now comes as standard with all the features previously in the optional Upgrade Package as standard equipment. This means that you will skip the $6,200 fee. Standard performance and safety features include 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.

Under the hood, we find the 5.7-liter V8 DOHC engine which delivers 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. The 2013 Land Cruiser uses regular-grade (87 AKI) gasoline and is ULEV-II certified.

Land Cruiser makes use of a body-on-frame construction that makes it very durable even when you drive it in extreme conditions. This ruggedness is complemented by ride isolation characteristics and impressive towing capability. The frame's front has a three-stage crush structure, minimizing the damage to the other areas in case of a head-on collision.

The SUV also has a front-suspension system that is mounted high. The double-wishbone system has gas-pressure shock absorbers, coil springs, and a hollow stabilizer bar. That means you get great suspension control and unparalleled off-road driving capability without sacrificing on-road driving comfort. The Land Cruiser also has a 30-degree approach and 20-degree departure angles. At the back, you have the four-link lateral-rod format suspension. The coil-spring system gives you a lengthy suspension stroke and also has a hollow stabilizer bar and gas-pressure shock absorbers.

Further, the Land Cruiser has the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that adjusts the resistance given by both the rear and front stabilizer bars. KDSS can lower the maximum body-sway angle to help improve handling response when driving on the road as well as increase off-road capability. KDSS lowers the degree of sway stiffness by employing hydraulic cylinders working on each stabilizer bar.

When driving off-road, KDSS allows the wheels to move with more side-to-side independence, helping you avoid wheel lift. When cornering, the stabilizer bars help to lower body lean. If you go over an uneven surface, the compressed cylinder injects fluid into the rear and front cylinders, and this helps the stabilizer bars move freely, thereby improving wheel travel and articulation, while also distributing wheel loading more evenly.

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