Toyota Prado 3 door coming
Toyota's new Land Cruiser Prado|
will be released next month
6th October, 2009
Toyota's next-generation Land Cruiser Prado is out to
prove that "less is more" with the introduction of sporty three-door versions for the first time in
Aimed at a younger buyer seeking recreational off-road fun, three-door Prado will be sold alongside
five-door models from the November introduction of the new Prado 150 range.
The three-door model has the same distinctively Land Cruiser-like Prado 'face' of the five-door,
featuring a three-dimensional vertical grille.
Its roof and rear-quarter sheet metal are unique, though the back door - which bears the spare tyre -
is shared with the five-door version.
A higher break-over angle, courtesy of the shorter wheelbase, provides three-door Prado with the
ability to travel over steeper peaks than five-door.
Lower weight for the three-door versions is expected to translate into even better real-world
acceleration - as well as a small improvement in fuel economy and emissions*.
Another key benefit of the three-door is its strong towing capacity of three tonnes (braked)^ - 500
kg more than the already-impressive five-door.
Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said three-door Prado
was a valuable addition to the local range.
"Prado three-door will be the ideal vehicle for couples who want a vehicle for its sporty styling,
as well as Prado's legendary towing and off-road abilities," Mr Buttner said.
"Even more than new five-door Prado, the three-door will definitely attract buyers who previously
have not considered a sports utility vehicle," he said.
"Specification levels will be high across three- and five-door ranges, with several flow-down
technologies from Lexus and from Land Cruiser 200 Series."
"New electronic features will take Prado's off-road ability to new levels for Toyota, catering
even for those new to off-road motoring."
"Handling, stability and ride comfort have been raised to new heights."
All next-generation Prados in Australia will have seven airbags, vehicle stability control, traction
control and anti-lock brakes.
Alloy wheels and Toyota's Smart Entry & Start, which provides keyless entry and ignition, are also
Prado first arrived in Australia in 1996 and quickly secured a firm foothold in the mid-size SUV
To the end of September this year, Australians have bought over 148,000 Prados. The 150,000 milestone
is expected to be reached during December 2009. The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado was Australia's
best-selling SUV overall in 2008.
The medium SUV segment has grown markedly in recent years with sales more than doubling from just
33,468 in 2002 to a record of 75,485 last year.
NOTES: Fuel consumption and emissions statements are
based on Toyota Motor Europe data. Actual fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving
conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories.
^ Towing capacity subject to regulatory requirements, towbar design, vehicle design and
towing equipment limitations.