Despite its several renditions over the years, the Toyota Land Cruiser remains a capable off road vehicle. However, the similarity ends right there! Through a period of time, The Land Cruiser has been subjected to multiple transformations, both philosophically and physically. Today, it is an epitome of luxury, sporting a skyrocketing price tag that goes beyond $69,000. For the 2013 model there are a few updates and another price hike on the cards which is to the tune of $9000. So, the price total now stands at $78,765 which includes the destination fee of $810.
The Price Point
Although the price hike may have taken a few breaths away, Toyota states the upgraded package which is a $6,000 optional inclusion, enjoys a take rate as high as 98% already. So, in a bid to simplify matters, Toyota has now decided to include it against the given price hike, in a standard model. Therefore, the price jump, according to Toyota is completely justified and well utilized.
The Upgrade Package
Key goodies that make up the Upgrade Package includes the DVD entertainment feature on rear seats, a voice activated navigation system, color matching rear spoiler, cleaner box for the central console, windshield wipers that can sense rain, Bluetooth, steering wheel with leather trim, cleaners for headlamps, backup camera in the rear and also a JBL audio system. Prime inclusions also feature the Multi Media System by Entune.
In addition, there are scads of exterior enhancements as well. For instance, the 2013 cruiser comes with a front fascia that has been reworked, coupled with headlamps, a brand new grille, and LED lamps that run during the daytime. Besides, you also see ample redesigning on the side mirrors and larger fenders in the front and the rear. These are interspaced by side moldings with chrome finish. You also have multi-spoke rims instead of the plain five spoke rim in the current model. Changes have been kept subtle for the backside, including a standard spoiler and redesigned tail lights. Toyota also adds a new shade, the Blizzard Pearl, to its range.
Interiors have been upgraded as well. There are ventilated seats near the driver seat with glossier wood trims, chrome plated air vents, and a meter cluster lighting unit. You also have Dynamic Cruise Control, steering wheel with automatic heating, power outlets in the rear and lots more. Besides, there are quite a few computer tweaks as well! For instance, it possesses a limited slip differential coupled with a Crawl Control System and Off Road Turn Assist. You can also choose your speed for smooth or rough terrain from five options.
Mechanically, the Land Cruiser 2013 remains unchanged from 2012. It retains its frame construction and the KDSS or the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension. Also, the 5.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a torque of 401 cubic feet and a power of 381 hp and six speed automatic transmissions has been retained in the 2013 version.
The Final Verdict
As a last word, most of these changes discussed above succeed in making the Toyota Land Cruiser further attractive to auto buyers who may not be keen on the Range Rover or the Mercedes Benz GL Class. The vehicle is slated to be made available through dealerships in February.
Author Bio: Merry Leon writes for www.occardealers.com. She is a freelance content contributor and likes to write about various spheres like Social Media, technology trends and her secret favorite – cars and automobiles. She is a keen observer and contributor for various auto forums and the online auto space.