Toy­ota Prado up­graded

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Toy­ota has given its Land Cruiser Prado a fresh new look in­side and out plus a safety equip­ment boost and big­ger tow rat­ing for 2018 re­ports Ross Mckay. Se­ri­ous off-road ca­pa­bil­ity in a large SUV, while its oc­cu­pants can travel in com­fort with plenty of in­te­rior space, is a hall-mark of the seven-seater Prado. Max­i­mum braked tow ca­pac­ity is now 3,000 kg, up 500kg from 2500kg. New Prado also gets a suite of safety technology bun­dled within Toy­ota Safety Sense, which in­cludes the Pre-crash Safety Sys­tem with Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing for ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans; Lane De­par­ture Alert with Ve­hi­cle Sway Warn­ing; Au­to­matic High Beam and Dy­namic Radar Cruise Con­trol. The front of the Prado has had a com­plete makeover, to cre­ate a look that is more con­sis­tent be­tween it and big brother, the Land Cruiser 200. The day­time run­ning lights on the Prado GX now have LED op­er­a­tion like the other vari­ants, while on the VX and VX Lim­ited the front fog lights and high beam now have LED op­er­a­tion. For 2018, the GX has newly de­signed 17-inch al­loy wheels with an­gu­lar cut out spokes, while the paint fin­ish on the 18-inch al­loy wheels fit­ted to the VX and VX Lim­ited has been re­vised with a brighter fin­ish. There are two new ex­te­rior colours – Pea­cock Black and Avant Garde Bronze in the eight-colour range. In­side, the dash­board, in­stru­ment bin­na­cle and switchgear have all been re-de­signed. The au­dio dis­play screen for all mod­els in­creases from seven to eight inches and the GX gains a 4.2-inch colour multi in­for­ma­tion dis­play. A Torsen lim­ited-slip rear dif­fer­en­tial is now fit­ted to the top of the range VX Lim­ited, re­plac­ing the elec­tron­i­cally lock­able rear dif­fer­en­tial. All three Prado mod­els come with the same 2.8 litre turbo diesel en­gine with 450 Nm of torque. As it has in the Hilux line-up, the V6 petrol en­gine has been dis­con­tin­ued. The en­gine is mated to a se­lectable hi/lo ra­tio 4WD trans­mis­sion giv­ing the Prado a best com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 8 litres/100 kilo­me­tres. The drive mode se­lec­tor for the VX Lim­ited now has five set­tings: Eco, Com­fort, Nor­mal, Sport S and Sport S+. New Land Cruiser Prado pric­ing for 2018 is: Land Cruiser Prado 2.8 GX $79,490 Land Cruiser Prado 2.8 VX $88,990 Land Cruiser Prado 2.8 VX Ltd $99,990

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