2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado revealed

The first Prado facelift for eight years brings new safety tech, revised engine options, and updated styling

2018 Prado Main Jpg

Toyota has revealed the first facelift to its LandCruiser Prado since 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Due in Australia in November, the updated large SUV is distinguished from previous generations through updated exterior styling, a higher quality interior and expanded safety features.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

On the outside, new bumpers kick upwards at the edges to enhance off-road manoeuvrability, while the bonnet and fenders are sculpted to enhance downward visibility for the driver.

The headlights have also been repositioned to help avoid sustaining damage during off-road excursions.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The Prado’s interior has also received a working over, with a focus on improved quality.

The instrument binnacle, switchgear, and dashboard are all redesigned, with a revised centre console which incorporates flush-surface air-conditioning vents.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado interior

The Prado range also receives safety enhancements with automatic emergency braking extended to the lower-spec GX and GXL models as standard along with active cruise control, lane departure alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.

The VX model adds blind-spot monitoring, and rear traffic alerts that were previously only available on the range-topping Kakadu.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

The LandCruiser Prado is still powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, sending 130kW and 450Nm to all four wheels when mated with a six-speed automatic. Torque is reduced to 420Nm when paired with the six-speed manual available on the GX or GXL models.

A 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine is no longer available in Australia after 98.8 percent of buyers opted for the four-pot diesel.

The Prado is the best-selling large SUV in Australia, with 11,001 examples rolling off showroom floors so far this year. Its closest rival is another Toyota, the Kluger.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

 

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