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Bigger engine, Blu-Ray player for new Toyota Sequoia

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Toyota is rolling out its 2013 Sequoia SUV with an even bigger V8, and the automaker’s first backseat Blu-Ray player, Autoblog Canada reports.

The big, body-on-frame SUV will roll into showrooms with a 5.7-litre V8 as standard equipment instead of the 4.6-litre V8, as the smaller engine has been discontinued.

With 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque, the iForce 5.7-litre gives the Sequoia a tow rating of up to 3,356 kilograms (7,400 pounds). The six-speed automatic transmission of last year stays on to shuttle power to either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system that boasts a lockable Torsen limited-slip centre differential.

Those who feel like spending a little extra cash can step up to Platinum trim for a rash of interior niceties. More importantly, the higher trim serves up an Adaptive Variable Suspension, which offers the driver a total of three damping settings.

For the first time, the 2013 Sequoia offers back passengers the luxury of a Blu-Ray player, and Toyota claims the SUV is the first production vehicle in the world to offer high-definition rear-seat entertainment. Toyota’s Entune multimedia system is also newly available for 2013.

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