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New Prado looks to join the Land Cruiser range soon


TOYOTA recently revealed the first details of the latest in a long line of iconic Land Cruisers. That’s right folks, the new Prado is on its way and it will be in South Africa sooner than you might think.

The Land Cruiser is an icon to millions of off-road enthusiasts and this tradition is set to continue thanks to a new Multi-terrain Select system. Toyota says this system makes it easier for skilled drivers to tackle difficult terrain, but it will also assist beginners to refine their off-road abilities.

There are five modes to select from and the system gives the driver guidance while automatically controlling power and braking inputs. The Multi-terrain Monitor also increases the driver’s awareness of the immediate surroundings and the intended path of the car.

The system is controlled via a colour display on the centre console, which - in addition to controlling all of the above - will also serve as an information display for the new angle gauge, traction-control operation at each wheel and differential-lock-operation screens.

The interior upgrades include new switchgear, trim fabrics and new interior colour schemes. The design of the second- and third-row seats has also been improved, so practicality won’t be an issue. Safety performance has been further enhanced through the addition of a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system.

The 3.0-litre diesel engine now complies with Euro5+ emissions regulations, but no output figures are available yet.

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