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12th January, 2014

Toyota recently upgraded its Land Cruiser Prado with bolder exterior styling, a more refined interior and even better handling for the 2014 model year.

Exterior changes are led by a distinctive redesign with a deeper front bumper, heritage-inspired grille and newly styled alloy wheels that reinforce the Toyota 4x4's toughness, reliability and renowned off-road abilities.

Interiors have benefited from comprehensive upgrades that raise quality, convenience and ease of use with new multi-media audio systems, a redesigned dashboard and new materials, detailing and features.

Refinements to the standard suspension and the electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System have improved handling and ride comfort.

Toyota has further developed functions that provide driver guidance and technical support, ensuring maximum precision and control for negotiating obstacles as well as more intuitive controls for on and off-road systems.

It has extended safety features to include trailer sway control, a system that assists the driver if a towed vehicle is unsettled by factors such as crosswinds or bumpy roads.

Seven airbags, a rear-view camera and stability and traction control are standard across the range, as is an emergency brake signal that automatically flashes the stop lights to warn other drivers of potential danger.

Despite the advances in styling and features, the entry price for Prado has been kept at $55,990* and increases across the rest of the range average less than 1.2 per cent.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the upgrades will confirm Land Cruiser Prado as one of the most technically advanced and easy-to-use 4WD vehicles in the world.

"Land Cruiser Prado has become an icon in the 4WD market for its blend of rugged performance and premium features," Mr Cramb said.

"The latest improvements will enhance Prado's rock-solid reputation as one of the world's toughest and most reliable 4x4s while offering the style, comfort and on-road performance that are important to customers," he said.

"Prado's off-road performance and on-road dynamics, its powerful road presence, enhanced ride quality and high levels of technology distinguish it as an ideal blend of go-anywhere capability, comfort and refinement."

In ascending order, the five-door Prado range is GX (a five-seater with a seven-seat option) and the seven-seat GXL, VX and Kakadu. Three-door models have been discontinued.

Prado's styling make-over features a newly designed radiator grille with five prominent horizontal bars. It is integrated with new headlamp clusters to provide a more powerful-looking structure that has been placed higher to afford added component protection during off-road driving.

External measurements and approach, departure and ramp-over angles are unchanged, safeguarding Prado's excellent agility, manoeuvrability and off-road prowess.

The vehicle profile is enhanced by newly designed 17-inch six-spoke and 18-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels. There are two new exterior colours - Dynamic Blue, a dark blue mica paint, and the mica metallic Liquid Bronze.

Inside, Toyota has revised interior trims and ornamentation to make a more elegant atmosphere with touches such as double stitching for better appeal and even higher perceived quality.

The forward-folding angle of the second-row seats has been increased by more than 12 degrees, improving ease of entry and exit for third-row occupants. VX and Kakadu's second-row outboard seats can be heated independently.

The revised driver's instrument binnacle incorporates new tachometer and speedometer dials - Optitron for VX and Kakadu. Between the Optitron dials is a new 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display (MID) that provides significantly enhanced off-road driving assistance.

New information regarding individual wheel traction control, steering angle and differential lock operation can be displayed simultaneously for maximum driver assistance in challenging terrain.

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On top-level Kakadu, Multi-Terrain Select - which gives drivers suitable guidance while automatically controlling power output and braking inputs - is now operated by a dial. A fifth mode, to help negotiate rocks and dirt, has been added to the previous rock, loose rock, mud and sand, and moguls modes.

Proven engine choices for Land Cruiser Prado are the 127kW 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine or the 202kW V6 petrol engine with variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust valves.

The four-cylinder, 16-valve diesel - with 410Nm of torque on tap from 1,600 to 2,800rpm - is available across the r ange. GX and GXL grades offer the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Diesel VX and Kakadu grades are fitted exclusively with the auto.

GXL, VX and Kakadu are available with the 24-valve, double overhead cam petrol six and the five-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Prices*

GX 5 manual
GX 5 auto
GX 7 manual
GX 7 auto
GXL manual
GXL auto
VX auto
GXL auto
VX auto

Option: Metallic/pearl paint $475* (no price change).

Prado is well-specified across the model range

All Prado models have as standard equipment:
seven airbags
display audio and rear-view camera
Trailer Sway Control
emergency brake signal
whiplash injury lessening front seats
vehicle stability control
Active Traction Control (A-TRC)
ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA)
cruise control
smart entry and smart start
tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment
220-volt rear accessory socket
Bluetooth hands-free mobile telephone capability
USB auxiliary input and iPod control
audio and phone controls on the steering wheel
side mirror-mounted indicators
alloy wheels
conversation mirror
UV-cut glass, and
maximum 2,500kg towing capacity (with appropriate non-standard equipment).

Equipment levels

Automatic Prado GX has the added features of Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), while an option pack adds third-row seats and extends the side-curtain SRS airbags to the third row.

Prado GXL grade has the added features over GX of:
standard-fitment third-row seats and a third-row side curtain-shield airbag
climate-control three-zone air conditioning
rear parking sensors
alarm system
front fog lamps
roof rails
side steps
premium steering wheel
premium shift lever knob and handbrake lever
roller blind-type tonneau cover
sun visor extensions
privacy glass
two additional cup holders, and
heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors.

Prado VX grade has the additional features over GXL of:
improved electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) suspension
18-inch alloy wheels
automatic on/off LED headlamps and headlamp jet washers
rain-sensing intermittent wipers
leather-accented seats
heated front and second-row seats
power adjustment for the tilt and telescopic steering column
power-folding third-row seat
front parking sensors
17-speaker premium JBL audio with DAB+ radio
touch-screen satellite navigation
time-delay auto-cut headlights
electro-chromatic interior mirror
illuminated entry system
illuminated step and step cover
chrome interior door handles
luggage utility rails, and
full-colour multi-information display with steering wheel switch.

Top-of-the-range Prado Kakadu grade adds:
Blind Spot Monitor
Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system
five-mode CRAWL control
four-camera Multi-Terrain Monitor
electronic rear differential lock
Toyota Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
height-adjustable and auto-levelling rear air suspension
Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) traction-control switch
refrigerated cool box
enhanced ornamentation, and
key-linked driver's seat and steering column two-position memory pack.

Kakadu also has Pre-Crash Safety System and radar cruise control, with steering wheel-mounted controls.

Not all 'devices' will be compatible with the standard equipment and functionality varies depending on the device and location.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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