Road Trip - - ROAD READY -

The new Toy­ota Land Cruiser, or Prado as it is known in South Africa, was re­cently show­cased at the Frankfurt mo­tor show, and is ex­pected to be in­tro­duced lo­cally in Novem­ber. Avail­able in more than 190 coun­tries world­wide, the un­ri­valled off-road abil­i­ties of the Land Cruiser Prado have earned it a rock-solid rep­u­ta­tion as one of the tough­est and most re­li­able 4×4s in the world.

Key to the peer­less off-road ca­pa­bil­ity of the Prado is its highly durable, de­for­ma­tion-re­sis­tant, seg­ment-unique body-on-frame con­struc­tion. Its com­bi­na­tion of high strength and proven dura­bil­ity of­fers a high level of dam­age pro­tec­tion and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced body twist.

In keep­ing with Land Cruiser her­itage, the ro­bust ex­te­rior styling of the new Prado fea­tures a grille with broad ver­ti­cal bars and slit-shaped cool­ing open­ings fin­ished in chrome. It also has a newly de­signed bon­net, head­lamps, front bumper, and fend­ers. Over­all length has in­creased by 60 mm to 4,840 mm.

The more so­phis­ti­cated, com­fort­able in­te­rior fea­tures re­vised dash­board styling in­cor­po­rat­ing a larger 8” full-colour mul­ti­me­dia screen, a flush­sur­face air-con con­trol panel, and driv­e­train­re­lated in­stru­ment clus­ter.

It also fea­tures an ex­panded range of safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing a Pre-col­li­sion Sys­tem (PCS), Blind Spot Mon­i­tor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert (RCTA), and an up­graded Tyre Pres­sure Warn­ing Sys­tem (TPWS).

The new Prado is pow­ered by the Hilux-proven 130 kw 2.8 D-4D tur­bod­iesel, a 120 kw 2.7 VVT-I petrol en­gine (prob­a­bly not ear­marked for SA), or a 183 kw 4.0 VVT-I en­gine. A 202 kw-ver­sion of the 4.0-litre en­gine is avail­able in eastern Europe, and it might just find its way here …

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