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New Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is here

10 November 2017

Toyota has launched its new Land Cruiser Prado in South Africa with a new trim level, new safety features and some exterior changes.

The Prado range has traditionally consisted of two grades, the mid-level TX and high-grade VX. Toyota has now added a third grade, called VX-L to the model line-up.

The VX-L model combines all the features of the VX whilst adding a power-operated tilt-and-slide moonroof and comprehensive active safety assistance package.

The diesel powered Prados retain the  3.0 D-4D engine offering 120 kW and 400 Nm, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The 4.0-litre petrol engine produces 220kW 381Nm and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Off-road features
All Prado models get Toyota’s active traction control system (A-TRAC) and a  low-range transmission with user-selectable rear and centre diff-locks and hill assist control (HAC).

All variants, except for the entry-level TX model, get a Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) mode selector. The five modes are: mud & sand, loose rock, mogul, rock & dirt and rock and these can be selected by rotary knob mounted centrally.

All derivatives besides the entry-level TX model also get downhill assist control (DAC).

The 4.0 V6 derivatives additionally feature ‘Drive Mode Select’ which offers five modes; Comfort, Sport, Sport +, Normal and Eco; to adapt vehicle dynamics according to driver preference.

The bonnet, grille and bumper of the Prado have been modified, plus it gains 17-inch alloys on TX and high-gloss painted 18-inch rims on VX and VX-L derivatives. The overall length has been increased by 60mm to 4 840mm and the Prado has a minimum turning circle of 5.8 metres contributes to manoeuvrability.

The top of the new centre console tower has been set slightly lower “for a sleeker appearance and better front-on visibility when driving off-road”. It is fitted with a new eight-inch, full-colour multimedia screen, a flush-fitting air conditioning control panel and the drivetrain-related instrument cluster.

Two interior colour schemes are available: Black and new elegant ‘Neutral Beige’. A matte-finish Walnut wood trim is paired with the Black interior, whilst the Beige iteration is paired with a modernistic matte “blonde wood” accent.

Model Line-up and Pricing
Land Cruiser Prado 3.0D TX               R 821 700
Land Cruiser Prado 4.0 V6 VX            R 930 000
Land Cruiser Prado 3.0D VX                R 932 400
Land Cruiser Prado 4.0 V6 VX-L         R 967 200
Land Cruiser Prado 3.0D VX-L           R 969 600

All Land Cruiser Prado models include a 5 year/90 000 kilometre service plan and 3 year/100 000 kilometre warranty.

  • Mike Rabbitts

    Does the New Prado still use the old 3.0D4D motor or the new 2.8l engine used in the Fortuner??