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.
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.