The freshly-updated 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.
Due to arrive in Australia in November, the updated Prado will feature revised exterior and interior styling along with additional safety equipment.
The exterior facelift is not just about a fresh appearance, the new bonnet is sculpted in the centre to increase visibility as well as the fenders being redesigned to assist drivers to judge the perimeter of the vehicle.
Most distinguishable is a revised front end with a new grille finished in chrome and revised headlamps which allow the main beams to be located inboard to more readily avoid damage during off-road driving. The new front and rear bumpers are also designed with off-roading in mind.
At the rear, Prado insiders will notice new lamp clusters and a reduced rear garnish plate which is incorporated into the number plate surround.
The interior sees a revamped dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear. The centre console has also been reworked to allow a flush-surface air conditioning control panel to be incorporated.
All grades in the lineup will get an enhanced active safety technology package. The GX and GXL automatic variants will now come with autonomous features which were previously reserved for the premium VX and Kakadu variants. This technology includes a Pre-Collision Safety system which will now detect impact risks with not only vehicles but also pedestrians.
The safety technology will rely on a small camera mounted behind the rear view mirror and a radar located in the new grille. The smart active cruise control will now also slow the car to a standstill if required. All 2018 Prado models will come with a Land Departure Alert system and an automatic high beam system.
The VX grade will get blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert systems from the Kakadu.
The 2018 Landcruiser Prado will be exclusively powered by the same 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine found in the current model. In Australia, the diesel power plant accounts for 98.8 per cent of Prado sales. This means the 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine has been dropped as an option.
Paired with either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual transmission, available in the GX or GXL, the powertrain will be capable of putting down 450Nm and 420Nm respectively.
Exact specifications and pricing of the 2018 LandCruiser Prado will be announced closer to its November arrival.
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