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TOY­OTA HAS of­fi­cially an­nounced the no-cost flat-tail­gate op­tion for the Prado range. The new no-cost op­tion al­lows cus­tomers to spec­ify their au­to­matic GXL,VX and Sa­hara vari­ants to come with the spare wheel and tyre mounted be­neath the rear floor, rather than on the tail­gate.

This op­tion will give users a lighter tail­gate Toy­ota says is eas­ier to open, along with a use­ful lift­ing glass hatch for quick ac­cess to the lug­gage com­part­ment. How­ever, the re­lo­ca­tion of the spare tyre will come at the ex­pense of the Prado’s stan­dard 63-litre sec­ondary sub-tank, re­duc­ing its to­tal fuel ca­pac­ity from 150 litres to 87 litres.

Buoyed by the suc­cess of Al­ti­tude spe­cial-edi­tion vari­ants that came spec­i­fied with the flat-tail­gate con­fig­u­ra­tion in 2014, 2015 and 2017, the flat-tail­gate op­tion is gen­er­ally aimed at ur­ban users who don’t re­ally need the ex­tra range of­fered from the Prado’s sec­ondary sub-tank.

“The suc­cess of the spe­cial-edi­tion mod­els con­firmed there was healthy de­mand for the re­lo­cated spare, par­tic­u­larly among buy­ers who don’t nec­es­sar­ily re­quire the ex­tended range of­fered by the ex­tra fuel tank,” Toy­ota’s vice pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing, Sean Han­ley, said. “Prado buy­ers, par­tic­u­larly those who drive mainly around town, will ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing able to open the tail­gate wider in cramped sit­u­a­tions such as when parked close to other ve­hi­cles or us­ing a tow­ing hitch.”

In ad­di­tion to the flat-tail­gate op­tion, the Prado range will now come fit­ted with a diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter (DPF) “forced burn-off” switch for own­ers to clear the en­gine’s DPF on de­mand. Toy­ota also added a $3500 op­tion for the GXL au­to­matic, which up­grades its in­te­rior with the fit­ment of the VX and Sa­hara’s leather-ac­cented power-op­er­ated and ven­ti­lated front seats and seat heat­ing for both first and sec­ond rows.

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