The all-new Toyota LandCruiser Prado has just been unveiled, promising a host of exciting updates and improvements.
As one of Australia's most beloved large SUVs, the Prado has been an icon of Australian roads for several decades now. It's been 14 years since we've seen a new model Prado so we're expecting some exciting upgrades for the next generation set to arrive mid-2024.
While Toyota is keeping plenty of details under wraps, we've been given a few tasty treats to drum up some excitement. Here are five things we know about the all-new Toyota Landcruiser Prado.
One of the most significant differences between the new LandCruiser Prado over its predecessor is Toyota's choice of chassis. While previously sharing a platform with the Hilux, the Prado is built on the same foundations as the Prado's big brother, the LandCruiser 300 Series.
Known as the TNGA-F ladder-frame chassis, brings enhanced rigidity, improving overall vehicle performance. The platform increases the Prado's frame rigidity by 50% while providing a 30% increase in overall rigidity. These upgrades will no doubt result in better suspension performance, both on and off-road.
Under the hood, the new Prado is set to feature a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque. These are the same specs and output figures as the current powerplant but with one big difference - the new Prado will feature a new mild-hybrid system utilising 48-volt technology.
The new tech will improve fuel consumption in urban settings by assisting the internal combustion engines when accelerating and starting the vehicle. We do have to mention, however, that Toyota Australia has said we shouldn't call it a "mild-hybrid", but a "battery-assist" system.
The new LandCruiser Prado will offer flexibility in seating arrangement options as Toyota says it will be available in either a 5-seat or 7-seat layout, depending on the variant. This adaptability ensures that families and individuals with varying needs can find the perfect configuration to suit their lifestyles.
Off-road capability has always been a hallmark of the Prado, and the all-new model takes this to the next level.
On top of the rugged TNGA-F platform and electric power steering, the new Prado will feature an innovative stabiliser-bar control system that allows the front stabiliser bar to be disconnected for excellent wheel articulation - ideal for off-roading adventures. Additionally, the multi-terrain select and multi-terrain monitor systems have been improved to help the Prado conquer even more challenging terrain.
A notable change in the LandCruiser Prado's design is the transition from the traditional barn door style to an electric lift-up tailgate, similar to the LandCruiser 300 Series. This change not only enhances convenience but also modernizes the SUV's appearance, aligning it with contemporary design trends.
The all-new LandCruiser Prado promises to be an exciting addition to the Toyota lineup. We're excited to learn what more it has to offer as the SUV's arrival gets closer and closer.
As it hits the Australian showrooms in mid-2024, it's sure to continue the Prado's legacy of performance and reliability that customers have come to love.