2018 Prado

Toyota Sharpens LandCruiser Prado Value and Safety


 New styling, better towing capacity and cheaper prices across the LandCruiser Prado range 

Toyota has brought the LandCruiser Prado range in for a mild overhaul. As we reported earlier, Toyota was working on giving the Prado a more sophisticated look inside and out.

All automatic Prado models are now fitted with pre-collision warning, autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. All these features were previously found on the upper grade VX and Kakadu only.

The Prado is now more capable than ever too, with automatic versions able to tow upto an extra 500kg, boosting total towing capacity to 3000kg and the GXL and VX versions are now equipped with rear differential locks.

Toyota has dumped the 4.0 litre V6 petrol and the 2.8 litre turbo diesel is now the only engine choice available.

The GX manual now starts from $53,490, a $600 price reduction over the previous model and satellite navigation is now standard.

The GXL manual has been reduced by $1200 and now gets Bi-LED head lamps, LED daytime running lamps with ‘follow me’ function and LED fog lamps. The automatic GXL gets special optitron instruments and previously mentioned diff lock.

Should you wish to inject your Prado GXL with a little luxury, you can order a $3500 that includes leather trim, cooled and electrically powered front seats and seat heating for the front and second row seats.

The Prado VX gains panoramic view monitor, and off-road monitor, blind spot monitor, cooled seats, cool box and LED fog lamps. The price has been reduced by $911.

The flagship Prado Kakadu now gets a selectable drive mode system and a panoramic view monitor. The Kakadu benefits from a $1121 price reduction.

That new front end allows for better visibility and the front bumper allows for better clearance off-road.

The new Toyota Prado range price list and options are provided below:

GX manual $53,490 -$600
GXL manual $59,990 -$1,200
VX auto $73,990 -$911
KAKADU auto $84,490 -$1,121

Auto (GX, GXL): $3,000.
7 seats (GX auto): $2,550.
Premium interior (GXL auto): $3,500.
Premium paint (all grades): $550

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