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17th September, 2009

Toyota's new Prado is due to go on sale in Australia in November. It will feature new styling, improved performance and a raft of driver-assist technologies.

The new Toyota Prado is slightly longer and wider than the out-going model.

Prado's four-litre V6 petrol engine adopts dual VVT-i, with power increased by more than 10 per cent, as well as improvements in torque, fuel economy and emissions. The new Prado will have new technologies available across the range to enhance the driving experience for both practised and novice off-roaders.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner says fourth-generation Prado continues Land Cruiser's reputation for being robust and virtually indestructible.

"Australia is the fourth-largest Land Cruiser market. More than 150,000 Land Cruiser Prados are expected to be on the road by the end of the year. Prado's success can be attributed to its blend of impressive off-road capabilities, inherent in its Land Cruiser 'DNA', with everyday utility and comfort. Land Cruiser Prado has continuously evolved to satisfy diverse customer needs - and fourth-generation Prado will accelerate that trend. It has a pedigree stretching back more than 50 years and is fundamental to Toyota's reputation of quality, durability and reliability," said Mr Buttner.

More than 90 per cent of customers use Prado for weekly on-road driving. Toyota is increasingly bridging the gap between a capable off-roader and a passenger car.

The revised styling of new Toyota Prado has resulted in a vehicle which appears more aggressive and which features improved aerodynamics. Toyota Prado is slightly larger - 80 mm longer, 10 mm wider and 15 mm lower - giving the new Prado a wide, planted stance. The lower overall height contributes to improved aerodynamics, with the drag coefficient cut from 0.37 to 0.35. Aerodynamic aids include front and rear spoilers, front spats, under-body covers and deflectors.

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A three-dimensional vertical grille has evolved from the current model, giving an increased sense of depth and texture. Cylindrical high-beam headlamps and projector type low-beam headlamps complement the three-dimensional profile of the clearance and turn signal lamps. The high position of the grille and headlamps combine with the outwardly extended turn signals to provide a wide, distinctively Land Cruiser-like Prado 'face'. From the side view, the belt line is higher and the cowl has been moved forward to provide maximum interior space. The sharply trimmed lower section of the bumpers makes the overhangs look shorter, for a more agile image. The door mirrors have integrated LED indicators. The rear combination lamps also use LEDs, which activate more quickly than conventional lamps. A body-coloured rear spoiler houses the rear window wiper.

The new Toyota Prado's enhanced driveability and technologies will make it more accessible to everyday drivers, while retaining its off-road credentials. Special attention to handling, stability and ride comfort have raised Prado to new levels of user compatibility.

Toyota has upgraded the vehicle's four-litre V6 petrol engine to include dual VVT-i - variable valve timing - on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts. The petrol engine delivers more than 10 per cent extra power, as well as improved torque, fuel economy and emissions.

The turbo-diesel engine has also been improved, resulting in fuel economy better than nine litres per 100 km* and a low CO2 figure.

Seven airbags will be standard, as will vehicle stability control and traction control. New state-of-the-art driving technologies are presented as an evolution of Land Cruiser heritage.

Specifications for Australia will be announced soon. Although it is thought that Prado will feature some of the electronic aids developed for Toyota's passenger cars.

Toyota will be wanting to take Prado's off-road prowess to new levels.

NOTE * Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02 combined cycle.


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