Funny thing about timing: although the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser was announced in early January, it somehow didn’t appear on Toyota's stand at the Detroit auto show. Instead, its official public auto show debut occurred this morning at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show – albeit without much fuss or fanfare.
The "All-New" claim, applied in large block-letter decals to the windshield of this display model, may be a bit of a stretch. Externally, the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser receives a mild face lift, which primarily involves tweaking the headlamps and taillamp assemblies, adding LED running lights, reshaping the rear-view mirrors, and adding a new side sill molding with a bold chrome accent.
We'd love to tell you how the refreshed interior feels firsthand, but as the big block letters on the windows say, this 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser -- apparently a prototype -- was locked and off-limits. Pity, since 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser models receive quite a few enhancements within. Toyota added chromed vent bezels, a heated steering wheel, a multi-terrain monitor, adaptive cruise control, and a few extra power outlets for rear passengers. Additionally, the Upgrade Package -- which used to run an extra $6000 -- is now standard, meaning features like navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a JBL audio system, and Toyota’s Entune infotainment system are all now part of the vehicle purchase.
Predictably, adding that optional content – along with a couple other upgrades tied to off-road drivability – brings about additional cost. MSRP for the new 2013 Land Cruiser starts at $78,765, including destination. The example you see here came in at just over $79,000, thanks to the addition of a $225 set of floor and cargo mats, and the $220 Blizzard Pearl paint color.
For more information on the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Chicago Show homepage.