TOYOTA has officially released range and pricing details for its highly anticipated 2018 Land Cruiser Prado.
Reduced pricing and increased towing capacity across the five-model line-up are the biggest changes to the Prado range.
Prices now start from $53,490 for the GX manual (despite the addition of sat-nav and Toyota Link), while choosing the GXL manual variant will save you the most coin ($1200).
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*GX or GXL variants driven by an automatic transmission will cost an extra $3000.
In the other big change, the towing capacity for all automatic models has been increased by 500kg to 3000kg.
The motoring public received its first glance of the Prado back in September this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Noticeable at the unveiling were the aesthetic updates to the bonnet, fenders, grille and repositioned headlights, all claimed to improve off-road manoeuvrability.
The 2018 Prado will retain the same mechanical package as the outgoing line-up – GD 2.8-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine mated to six-speed automatic or manual gearboxes and full-time 4WD with low range – but the V6 petrol engine option has been shafted.
Importantly, lower grades – GX and GXL variants – will now come standard with driver-aid technology features that were only available in Kakadu and VX variants. Features now standard include lane departure warnings, a pre-collision safety system and automatic cruise control.
The VX now gets a blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert as standard, and the Kakadu retains all the top-notch features and tech.
A rear diff lock, also previously only available with the top-spec Kakadu, is now standard with VX and GXL grades.
In October, 829 Prados found new homes, giving it a 10 per cent share of the large SUV (<$70K) market. On the year-to-date charts, 12,900 Prados have been sold so far, which is a 4.3 per cent gain on 2016 – putting it atop the large SUV (<$70K) sales charts.