Toyota has announced the LandCruiser Prado range will now offer a no-cost option of having the spare wheel fitted underneath the vehicle rather than on its customary spot on the tailgate.
Since the Prado first arrived in Australia 22 years ago it has featured the tailgate-mounted spare but this could become a relic of the past. By removing the spare wheel from the tailgate it then becomes easier to open, especially if the vehicle is parked on a decline, due to less weight.
Moving the ‘fifth wheel’ also frees up rear space and allows for a glass hatch that can be opened independently of the tailgate to be fitted for added convenience.
First trialled on special edition models in 2014, 2015 and 2017, now automatic GXL, VX and Sahara variants will feature the relocated-spare option.
In moving the spare wheel to the underside of the vehicle a smaller secondary fuel tank is sacrificed, but the Prado will still retain an 87-litre fuel tank with a driving range regularly touted at more than 1,000km.
Other features will include seven seats, three-zone climate control, collision warning with pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, lane departure alert and a new diesel particulate filter switch.
Prado GXL automatic variants will also come with the option of a premium leather-accented interior for a $3500 premium which also includes ventilated front seats that are power operated (ten-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger) and heating for first and second-row seats.
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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