Prado range repower
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