Toyota has upgraded its top-selling LandCruiser Prado range, refreshing the styling while adding advanced active-safety technology to entry-level GX and mid-spec GXL automatic models, and increasing value for money across the board.
Australian retail price has been reduced by up to $1200 across the four-tier Prado line-up, while new 5 and 7-seat GX automatic models receive significant specification upgrades for a $400 increase.
Introduced at the Frankfurt motor show and due in Australia in November, the updated Prado is distinguished by more modern and robust exterior styling and a higher quality interior design.
Prado’s freshened exterior features a bonnet sculpted in the centre to enhance downward visibility with fenders that have been re-profiled to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.
The revised grille – displaying broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome – is flanked by restyled headlamps with main beams positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles during off-road driving.
Lower corners on the new front and rear bumpers kick upwards to enhance off-road manoeuvrability. The redesigned rear includes new lamp clusters and a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number-plate surround.
Inside the more upscale interior, the dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear are newly designed. The revised centre console, which incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel, has a lower profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.
Advanced safety features – now standard equipment on all LandCruiser Prado auto models – are pre-collision safety system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert and auto high beam. PCS and ACC were previously exclusive to high-grade VX and Kakadu.
Towing capacity for all automatic models has been increased by 500kg to 3000kg and a rear differential lock has been added to auto GXL and VX grades.
The new LandCruiser Prado range is exclusively diesel powered, with prices starting at $53,490 plus on-road costs for GX manual – a $600 price reduction while adding satellite navigation and Toyota Link connected mobility.
Largest price reduction is $1200 for GXL manual, which has the added features of Bi-LED head lamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lamps and sun-visor lamp.
Popular GXL automatic has all these new features, as well as advanced safety equipment, rear differential lock, Optitron instruments and colour MID.
A $3500 option pack for GXL adds leather-accented trim, ventilated and power-operated front seats, and heated front and second-row seats.
Further active safety upgrades see VX grade gain panoramic view monitor and multi-terrain monitor, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Raised specification in VX also includes ventilated front seats, cool box and LED fog lamps, while the price is reduced by $911.
Top of the range Kakadu now has drive mode select and panoramic view monitor while benefiting from a $1121 price reduction.
There are two new exterior colours, Peacock Black and Dusty Bronze. GX and GXL have grey fabric trim with the option of black leather-accented trim on GXL auto. VX and Kakadu are offered with Black and Beige leather-accented trim.
In Australia, the Prado is powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder common-rail direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine shared with the Toyota Fortuner. Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops a strong 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420 Nm from 1,400 to 2,600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.
The 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine will no longer be offered in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).
2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado line-up and pricing (excluding on-roads)
2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Technical Specification
|Height (mm)||GX, 1845; GXL & VX, 1890; Kakadu, 1880|
|Front track (mm)||1585|
|Rear track (mm)||1585|
|Ground clearance (mm)||219|
|Approach angle (deg)||30.4|
|Departure angle (deg)||23.5|
|Ramp-over angle (deg)||21.1|
|Max wading depth (mm)||700|
|Interior Length||1825 (5 seat); 2525 (7 seat)|
|Interior Width||1550 (5 seat); 1565 (7 seat)|
|Interior Height||1175 (with moonroof); 1240|
|WEIGHTS AND CAPACITIES|
|Max kerb weight (kg)^||GX man, 2230; GXL man, 2315; GX auto, 2240; GX auto 7-seat, 2300; GXL auto 2325; VX, 2385; Kakadu, 2455|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)||2990|
|Seats||5 (GX), 7 opt (GX), 7 (other grades)|
|Main fuel tank (litres)||87|
|Sub fuel tank (litres)||63|
|Towing – unbraked (kg)^^||750|
|Towing – braked (kg)^^||Man, 2500; auto, 3000|
|Engine Model code||1GD-FTV|
|No of cylinders||4 in line|
|Injection system||High-pressure, direct|
|Max Output (kW)||130 @ 3400rpm||130 @ 3400rpm|
|Max Torque (Nm)||420 @ 1400rpm||450 @ 1600rpm|
|Extra Urban (l/100km)||7.0||7.0|
|Emission certification||EURO 5||EURO 5|
|Max speed (km/h)||175||175|
|Acceleration 0 to 100km/h (sec)||15.8||17.6|
|Min Turning Radius Tyre (m)||5.8||5.8|
|Min Turning Radius Body (m)||5.9||5.9|
|4WD system||Constant four-wheel drive; two-speed transfer case with lockable centre Torsen LSD|
|Transmission model code||RA61F||AC 60F|
|Transmission gear ratio|
|Final drive ratio||3.727:1||3.909:1|
|Brake type – Front||Ventilated disc brake with fixed 4-piston calliper|
|Brake type – Rear||Ventilated disc brake with floating single-piston calliper|
|Brake Size Front diameter (mm)||338|
|Brake Size Rear dimeter (mm)||312|
|Parking brake control||Floor-mounted lever|
|Suspension Type – Front||Double Wishbone with stabiliser bar|
|Suspension Type – Rear||Four link with coil springs and stabiliser bar; air springs with self-levelling and Adaptive Variable Suspension on Kakadu|
|Steering gear type||Rack & Pinion|
|Power assist type||Integral|
|Steering ratio overall||15.7|
|Turns lock to lock||3.0|
|TYRES & WHEELS|
|Rims||17×7.5J (GX & GXL); 18×7.5J (VX & Kakadu|
|Tyres||265/65R17 (GX & GXL); 265/60R18 (VX & Kakadu)|
|Spare tyre||Full sized|