What you know as the Toyota Land Cruiser goes on sale in America as the Lexus LX570. And this is the 2013 version of it, unveiled at Detroit Motor Show earlier today.
Of course, it gets a number of fairly remarkable changes over the Land Cruiser. After all, it’s wearing the very posh badge of Lexus.
And for the new modelyear these changes include a new Lexus spindle grille as featured on the new GS, and new 20-ich wheels. LED daytime running lights are added to the front, while the tail lights are updated, and the bumpers are also revised. Still, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s a very old design.
Interior upgrades mostly cover the features and gadgetry, but there are a few visual tweaks as well, such as dark chrome finish for the center instrument cluster and front side air vents, along with a new chrome accent above the glove box, revised instrument panel and a new color display.
As for the new convenience features, the driver’s seat gets a new Easy Access system, which makes entering and exiting the vehicle easier. The steering wheel and driver’s seat automatically retract when the ignition is turned off. Front seats also feature improved cooling, and a 120-volt power outlet has been added to the middle row.
The cabin of the 2013 LX 570 also gets mahogany wood trim. Parchment replaces Cashmere as an interior leather trim color. Two new exterior colors are available: Medium Nebula Gray Pearl and Satin Cashmere Metallic, replacing Twilight Gray Metallic and Golden Almond Metallic.
The engine is the same as in the Toyota version, a 5.7-liter V8 with 383 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 403 lb.-ft at 3,600 rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which itself is coupled to a four-wheel-drive system. It’s a mighty setup this, not much can stop it off road. To make sure of that it also comes with some fancy electronic stuff such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) or Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).