Prado range repower

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Toy­ota’s top-selling 150 Se­ries Land Cruiser Prado has been given a mid-life up­grade based around the newly de­vel­oped 2.8-litre turbo-diesel en­gine which it will share with the soon-to-be-re­leased (and all­new-Ed) Hilux. The New Zealand arm of the com­pany un­veiled the up­graded four-model range at a func­tion in Can­ter­bury in Au­gust. It also gave prior warn­ing of a restyle up­grade for the 200 Se­ries Land Cruiser De­spite a small ( 227cc) re­duc­tion in ca­pac­ity over the 3.0 litre ( IKD-FTV) turbo-diesel it re­places the new 2.8-litre turbo-diesel 1GD four-cylin­der en­gine boasts im­proved per­for­mance, fuel econ­omy and NVH lev­els. Key to its ef­fi­ciency is what Toy­ota claims to be the “world’s first” use of Thermo Swing Wall In­su­la­tion Tech­nol­ogy ( TSWIN). The ther­mal bar­rier tech­nol­ogy helps the en­gine achieve a max­i­mum ther­mal ef­fi­ciency of 44 per­cent. As a re­sult of this and other up­grades max­i­mum torque is up by 9.8 per­cent, low speed torque is im­proved, there is a 5.9 per­cent im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency and a six per­cent re­duc­tion in CO2 ex­haust emis­sions, al­low­ing Toy­ota to meet the latest Euro 5 stan­dard. Fuel fil­tra­tion, an im­por­tant point in com­mon rail diesel en­gines, has been en­hanced with the ad­di­tion of a sec­ondary high pres­sure fuel fil­ter. Here we will see four dif­fer­ent spec lev­els, three (the range open­ing GX, mid-range VX and flag­ship VX Lim­ited) get­ting the new en­gine and the VX petrol vari­ant con­tin­u­ing with the Toy­ota’s nor­mally-as­pi­rated 4.0litre V6 en­gine. All four mod­els are equipped with a new six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with sequential shift and All Wheel Drive (AWD) trans­mis­sion. High and low ra­tios with en­gage­ment via a dial on the cen­tre con­sole car­ries over from the out­go­ing model, with power fed to the front and rear axles via a Torsen lim­ited slip cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial. The Prado sits on al­loy wheels – 17-inch di­am­e­ter on the GX and 18 inches on all the VX mod­els, with a choice of 265/ 65R17 or 265/ 60R18 Dun­lop tyres depend­ing on the wheel size. And full-sized spare wheels are pro­vided with all mod­els. The Prado range of­fers an abun­dance of safety fea­tures in­clud­ing a full suite of airbags (driver and pas­sen­ger front, driver’s knee, front seat side and front, rear and third row cur­tain shield airbags), ISO fix­ing points and tether anchors for child re­straints, emer­gency lock­ing re­trac­tor seat belts and Emer­gency Stop Sig­nal (ESS). Com­bined with ven­ti­lated disc anti-lock brakes, Brake As­sist (BA), Elec­tronic Brake-force Dis­tri­bu­tion ( EBD), Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC) and Trailer Sway Con­trol (TSC) across the range, the Prado has a five star ANCAP safety rat­ing. Prices start at $ 78,490 for the GX 2.8 diesel and go to $ 88, 490 for the VX diesel and petrol mod­els and $ 99,000 for the VX Ltd diesel. Toy­ota New Zealand’s Gen­eral Man­ager of Prod­uct, Spencer Mor­ris says the new 2.8-litre diesel en­gine will bring even higher lev­els of per­for­mance and driv­ing plea­sure to Prado. “The new Prado diesel en­gine is bet­ter in ev­ery way – it will pro­vide con­fi­dence in­spir­ing re­li­a­bil­ity and ro­bust­ness proven through ex­ten­sive and rig­or­ous test­ing. “By start­ing with a clean sheet of pa­per the Toy­ota engi­neers were able to use new ma­te­ri­als and in­no­va­tive think­ing.”

Year to date fig­ures for 2015 show Toy­ota Land Cruiser Prado in the num­ber one spot over­all in the medi­um­sized SUV mar­ket, with com­bined pri­vate pas­sen­ger and fleet sales.

The re­pow­ered 150 Se­ries Prado

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