2012 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- No options — the updated Land Cruiser lands this month at U.S. dealers with everything standard.
- The latest edition marks over 50 years in the U.S. and just celebrated its 60th birthday in Japan.
- New standard hardware on the 2013 model includes rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, center-console cooler box, leather-trimmed steering wheel and heated second-row seats.
TORRANCE, California — The long-running Toyota Land Cruiser is about to get a modest face-lift — and a big bump in price. The 2013 model, which makes its North American debut next week at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and arrives at Toyota dealers later this month, will be offered with zero options; all the stuff that used to cost extra now will come standard, as the big eight-passenger ute continues to march relentlessly upmarket.
The current 2011 Land Cruiser retails for just over $70,000. Toyota hasn't announced pricing on the 2013 model.
Exterior changes are modest and are limited mainly to a freshened grille, headlamps, mirrors and moldings. Updates to the cabin are equally subdued, and include ventilated front seats with perforated leather trim, heated steering wheel and dynamic radar cruise control.
The big change is the addition of numerous features that once cost extra, but now will be included as standard equipment. Among them: rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rain-sensing windshield wipers, center-console cooler box, headlamp cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, hands-free controls, heated second-row seats, navigation and JBL premium audio.
While the Japanese domestic market edition gets a 315-horsepower 4.6-liter V8, its U.S. sib retains the 381-hp 5.7-liter unit.
Edmunds.com says: The latest Land Cruiser is light-years removed, in terms of styling, features and price, from the sturdy, yet humble original that was born 60 years ago in Japan.