Full specifications and pricing have been revealed for the 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado range. Following the same formula as the recent 2018 Fortuner update, the updated Prado sees standard equipment levels increased and prices reduced. 
Headlining the changes for the 2018 model year is a refreshed exterior and interior, improved safety technology, better instrumentation and a 500kg boost in braked towing capacity for automatic models.
The new 2018 LandCruiser Prado range is exclusively powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, the slow-selling V6 petrol has been dropped. When matched to the manual gearbox, the 2.8-litre engine develops 130kW of power at 3400rpm and 420Nm from 1400 to 2600rpm. The automatic transmission sees torque raise to 450Nm of between 1600 and 2400 rpm.
The 2018 Prado range will open with the GX manual priced at $53,490 (before on-roads).
The exterior design changes focus on improving the Prado’s drivability. The new bonnet is sculptured in the centre to enhance downward visibility. The fenders have been updated to allow drivers to better identify the vehicle extremities.
For those who will get their Prado dirty, the lower corners of the front and rear bumpers have been reworked and now kick upwards, to enhance off-road manoeuvrability.
There’s a revised grille with broad vertical bars and cooling openings. Headlamps have been restyled (Bi-LED on GXL, VX and Kakadu) with the main beams positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles when off-road driving.
The exterior paint options now include two new colours, Peacock Black and Dusty Bronze.
All LandCruiser Prado automatic models now include the pre-collision safety system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert and auto high beam. Previously, the best safety kit was reserved for the VX and Kakadu variants.
The VX grade, in addition, now features blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The tired looking cabin gets a much needed redesigned dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear. The centre console now utilises a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.
The GX and GXL grades have grey fabric trim, however, buyers can option black leather-accented trim on the GXL auto. VX and Kakadu models come standard with black and beige leather-accented trim.
The LandCruiser Prado is Australia's best-selling large SUV and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon, the updates for 2018 will only enhance the Prado’s appeal to adventurous families.
Our review of the new GX and GXL Prado models can be read here.
2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado pricing (excluding on-road costs):
GX manual – $53,490 (-$600)
GXL manual – $59,990 (-$1200)
VX auto – $73,990 (-$911)
Kakadu auto – $84,490 (-$1121)
Six-speed auto (GX, GXL): $3000
Seven seats (GX auto): $2550
Premium paint (all grades): $550
GXL option pack: $3500, adds leather-accented trim, ventilated and power-operated front seats, and heated front and second-row seats.
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