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Revised 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Revealed… V6 petrol engine dropped

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 13/09/2017 Isaac Bober

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The revised Toyota Landcruiser Prado has finally been revealed after weeks of spy images culminating in last week’s images of a production Prados built and lined up in a holding yard ready for distribution. Toyota Australia will release the revised Prado here in November, although it is now on-sale in Japan.

The big news with the unveiling in Germany is that all model grades will receive an expanded “advanced safety features”.

The refreshed Prado clearly borrows its front-end looks from its bigger brother the 200 Series. Here’s how Toyota describes it, “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.”

The interior has been re-worked to bring the dashboard’s design into the modern day.

As mentioned, it’s the safety story that Toyota’s championing given its keeping key details like the suggested improved approach and departure angles and pricing a secret. The safety suite that was once confined to the VX and Kakadu variants is now being made available to the automatic-equipped GX and GXL variants. The technologies include a Pre-Collision Safety system “that can now detect impact risks with pedestrians as well as vehicles”.

The system uses a camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar in the grille, “these devices enable the Prado to operate its brakes autonomously to reduce the vehicle's speed and even bring the car to a halt. A smart active cruise control system can also slow the car to a standstill if necessary”.

Every Prado is now equipped with a Lane Departure Alert and automatic high beam. The

VX grade, in addition, gets Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These systems were previously only available on the Kakadu.

In Australia, the Prado will now only be available with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine (this engine accounted for 98.8% of sales and so the petrol V6 is being dropped). Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 450Nm of torque between 1600 and 2400rpm. When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420Nm from 1400 to 2600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.

According to Toyota, further details, including other new premium features and pricing, will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in local dealerships.

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