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 |  Jan 31 2012, 2:00 PM

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The refreshed 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will make its North American debut at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show on the media preview day on February 8th.

The refreshed iconic SUV gets updated exterior styling with a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams, LED daytime running lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side mirrors and taillights.

The Land Cruiser recently celebrated its 60th anniversary from its original launch and has been seen in Toyota’s US lineup for more than 50 years. Over time, it has evolved from a basic, run-of-the-mill four-wheel-drive utility vehicle to the eight-passenger, luxury SUV now seen today. More importantly the Land Cruiser can be seen at dealerships in 188 countries.

In addition to the updated exterior, Toyota gave the interior additional refinements including perforated leather trim with ventilated front seats, higher-gloss wood grain finish, silver instrument-panel decor, chrome-plated air registers and gave the meter-cluster lighting an update. Lastly for 2013, Toyota made the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-matched spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center-console cooler box, headlight cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, multi-information display, Bluetooth hands-free, and heated second row seats all standard – popular features that were previously available as options.

The Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7L DOHC V8 engine with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and will be arriving at Toyota dealerships nationwide in February.

GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European Spec)

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 |  Jan 06 2012, 11:15 AM

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Toyota has officially unveiled its new 2013 Land Cruiser (European model shown), celebrating its 60th anniversary since its original launch in Japan and over 50 years of success in North America.

For the revamp, Toyota has given its decorated Land Cruiser a series of new upgrades, including exterior and interior styling enhancements. Along with that, the Land Cruiser now has a ton of new features as standard equipment that used to be options.

The aesthetic changes to the exterior include a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams. LED daytime running lights were also added in addition to chrome side molding, new side mirrors and taillights. For the interior, Toyota has outfitted the Land Cruiser with perforated leather with ventilated front seats, higher gloss wood grain finish, brighter silver instrument panel ornamentation, chrome-plated air registers and updated meter-cluster lighting.

With seating up to eight, the Land Cruiser has also received some enhancements to make it easier to access the roomy interior. The passenger-side’s second-row seat now features a one-touch tumble mechanism for easier third-row ingress and egress.

The Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7L V8 DOHC engine with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’ll come with 18-inch wheels standard.

Previous features that used to be options that are now standard include: rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-matched rear spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center console cooler box, headlight cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice and Bluetooth hands-free controls, leather-trimmed shift lever and heated second row seats. Even better news, Toyota’s Premium Hard Disk Drive Navigation with Entune multi-media system and JBL Audio is now also standard.

Unfortunately Toyota did not announce any pricing on the new Land Cruiser.

GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser

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