First leaked by a United Arab Emirates based Instagram account in May and subsequently detailed until its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, the refreshed eighth generation Prado will be offered in a choice of three trim levels, one petrol and one turbodiesel engine, all connected to a automatic gearbox and selectable four-wheel drive.
Aside from its new exterior, the interior has been extensively redesigned with a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, new centre stack, a 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster display and a new steering wheel. As with previous models, the spare wheel is again affixed to the tailgate.
In terms of standard equipment, the TX returns as base model but only in diesel guise and includes items such as a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, full leather trim with vented front seats, dual-zone climate control, electrically retractable and heated mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, daytime running LEDs, Active Traction Control, Hill Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control and Downhill Assist Control, reverse camera with rear parking sensors, cruise control and seven airbags.
Moving one up, the VX drops from flagship model to mid-range but adds front parking sensors, Audio Visual navigation system with voice commands, the aforementioned TFT display, 14-speaker sound system, powered third-row folding seats, leather and wood trimmed steering wheel, chrome grille, electric heated seats with memory function for the driver's chair, surround view camera system, rain sense wipers, auto levelling headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, Multi-Terrain Select off-road system with Crawl Control, Tyre Pressure Monitor and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Sitting at the top of the range, the new VX-L mainly comes equipped with extra safety tech such as Lane Keeping Assist, Pre-Crash Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control. A sunroof is however also standard.
Despite the Japanese, Australian and European market Prados being powered by the same 2.8-litre GD-6 turbodiesel engine as the Hilux and Fortuner, local models retain the 3.0-litre D-4D unit with outputs of 120 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Linked to a five-speed 'box, Toyota claims a top speed of 175 km/h and 0-100 km/h in 11.7 seconds, with fuel consumption rated at 8.5 L/100 km and emissions at 224 g/km.
On the petrol front, the 4.0-litre V6 also remains as is with outputs of 202 kW and 381 Nm, albeit now mated to a six-speed 'box. According to Toyota, this means a similar top speed to the D-4D, but with 0-100 km/h taking 10.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is a claimed 11.3 L/100 km and emissions 266 g/km.
A three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard across the range.
|Land Cruiser Prado 3.0 DT TX AT||R821 700|
|Land Cruiser Prado 3.0 DT VX AT||R932 400|
|Land Cruiser Prado 4.0 VX AT||R930 000|
|Land Cruiser Prado 3.0 DT VX-L AT||R969 600|
|Land Cruiser Prado 4.0 VX-L AT||R967 200|