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It seems more obvious that ever now that the battle for fuel efficient engines in in full swing. With diesel variants of cars coming out faster than speeding tickets in Victoria, the Diesel uptake in Australia is on the full offensive. Whilst the Landcruiser Prado has been available with a diesel variant for some time, Toyota has improved the engine as well as upping the specifications for the 2007 model release.

I have a great deal of respect for Toyota, sure they build boring, bland and completely uninspiring cars most of the time, but they put a great deal of money into R&D and they are the pioneers of Hybrid vehicle technology. Yet they are also willing to recognise when Hybrid technology is not suitable and have no quarrels going for a Diesel engine.

So the new Toyota LandCruiser Prado has gained a more powerful and fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine as well as specification upgrades on all models. The new 3.0-litre common-rail Toyota 1KD-FTV direct-injection engine delivers substantially more power and torque, rapid response, smooth acceleration, better fuel economy and lower emissions.

The DOHC four-cylinder intercooled and turbocharged engine produces 32 per cent more power and 19.5 per cent more torque than the similar-capacity engine it replaces. Maximum power is 127kW at 3400rpm (up from 96kW at 3600rpm) while peak torque jumps to 410Nm at 1600-2800rpm (up from 343Nm at 2000rpm).

Transmissions available with the new engine each gain an extra ratio – a six-speed manual and an electronically controlled five-speed automatic with gated shift. Fuel consumption for both turbo-diesel versions has also been lowered to less than 10 litres/100km – an improvement of 19.3 per cent for the manual and 26.2 per cent for the auto.

Turbo-diesel Prado uses 9.2 litres/100km for the manual (down 2.2) and 9.3 litres for the automatic (down 3.3) on the official combined cycle.

The engine complies with new, stricter Euro IV emission levels. David Buttner, Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, said the new engine offered increased power and torque across the rev range.

Prado’s new turbo-diesel engine delivers strong performance from idle and features an extremely flat torque curve,” Mr Buttner said.

“These characteristics make the Prado turbo-diesel ideal for acceleration, towing and off-road driving.”

The manual transmission adopts triple-cone synchromesh on first, second and third gears to make shifts smoother. Diesel fuel is stored under high pressure in a common-rail pump and injected directly into the combustion chamber multiple times per cycle.

This technology optimises the air/fuel mixture in the cylinders, delivering efficient combustion for high torque and excellent fuel economy. Petrol Prado models continue with an all-alloy Quad Cam 4.0-litre V6 engine equipped with variable valve timing (VVT-i).

The petrol engine delivers maximum power of 179kW at 5200rpm and peak torque is 376Nm at 3800rpm. The 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine and new 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine are available on all four Prado grades – GX, GXL, VX and Grande.

VX and Grande models are fitted with the electronic five-speed automatic transmission. GX and GXL models come with either the six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.

Along with the new turbo-diesel engine, the diesel models gain acoustic windscreen glass and new sound-absorbing material under the instrument panel to reduce noise, vibration and harshness.

Turbo-diesel models have a larger engine cover and twin counter-rotating balance shafts. The Prado Grande receives a new, easier-to-read Optitron instrument cluster and added warning features. Prado GX has been upgraded with wider 17-inch styled steel wheels and wider side steps, overfender flares and mudguards, body-coloured bumpers and door handles, side protection mouldings, and chrome grille and exterior mirrors.

An option pack for Prado GX includes anti-skid brakes (ABS), cruise control, leather steering wheel and leather gearshift knob. Prado GXL models gain privacy glass and roof rails. Additional features for Prado VX include power-operated front seats, leather seat trim and leather/woodgrain door trim.


  • mark

    I dont know why everyone still thinks that Toyota has lost their crown in the 4wd segment. Remember they were the original landcruisers and still of all the toy 4wd’s these days, run rings around them especially the European try hards.
    I have always had a toyota and always will have. I live in Sydney and went to Chatswood Toyota as i always do, however after visiting the dealership was in westfield across the road and saw an advertisement for an online website to buy new cars. Basically you choose what you want and all the dealers of that make in that state compete against each other online. Fantastic concept, costs $150 to use but you get that fee back when you buy the car through the winning dealer. The only thing i dind’t like was that the winner was Stewart Toyota in Sutherland which is miles away, however they deliver the car to me with a full tank of fuel and came out to pick up my trade-in. A great site, you should serioulsy check it out if you are buying. My quote from Chatswood was beaten by $2700. the site is http://www.betterdeals.com.au
    good luck!

  • Peter

    I picked up my 3rd Prado a fortnight ago; new diesel to replace my 2006 petrol (both replaced under lease). have also had the replaced diesel. new model is a rvelation, sooo much more power than the old diesel and i got 1900kms from the first tank – best i acheived with the petrol was 1350kms and 1800 with the diesel but only by not exceeding 100kph. 6 speed manual is excellent and NVH has noticeably improved. i do 60000kms a year, primarily in the country and this new model is a big step forward. The only problem i’ve had in 120,000kms+ is one sqeaky arm rest, rplaced uner warranty. can’t beleive i originally also looked at a Discovery!

  • Greg

    This is the only site I can find that has anything about the revised Prado. I’ve been trying to find out spec changes for months and this info looks pretty spot on – and to think Pete’s been driving his for 2 weeks. I ended up ordering a petrol GXL just based on expected changes and have been told I may have it by xmas, but more likely January. Looks like very minor tweaks to the petrol, when compared to the diesel.

  • martin ettenes

    I have been driving Toyota for 10 years now. 2 HiLux and for the past 4 months a Corrolla which I will replace with a Prado. Toyota now and Toyota forever.

  • http://explorer JOBERT EVIDENTE

    I’m a die hard ISUZU SUV lover and i own 3 4×4 pickup and 2 TROOPERS but after driving the 2005 PRADO 3.0 liter a\t diesel under the hood it seem owning an ISUZU SUV seems awkward, for now i’ll die with TOYOTA SUV and TRUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chix

      hi

    • Chix

      Hi Jobert!

  • http://vargashernandeaol.com jorge arturo vargas

    que precio tiene la lancruiser prado del 2007

  • Brian Lacey

    Having traded a 1996 petrol Landcruiser for a new Turbo Deisel GLX Prado I can’t be too glowing with its ride and fuel economy. The interior is very basic but the seats are very comfortable and the Prado gives a ride comparable with many good medium class family cars. We have been getting the advertised 9.3 litres to the 100 kilometres but have been most impressed with its torque for overtaking and on hills. It is easy to let the car get away from you sometimes so I recommend using the cruise control to keep within the speed limit. having investigated the new Holden Caprice and Turbo Deisel Volkswagen we are most impressed with the new Prado.

  • Mickey Foster

    When will the Toyoto Prado with deisel engine come to America?

  • Troy Irwin

    i bought brand new 2006 petrol manual PRADO, i had the holden before, but after this i am never going back, best car i have ever owned. and my next one is going to be another PRADO. well done toyota !!!

  • saad khurshid

    Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2008

  • rehmatullah munara

    i have prado model 2002 .i never aspect that any vehicle satisfied me. but prado do it

  • Robyn Brooks

    Just bought a 2007 Toyota Prado last Wednesday and I am loving it ! Wish that I could drive all day as it is such an exciting experience. I love everything about my jeep, the leather seats, the leather wrapped shift knob, the 6 disc cd changer, the fact that it speeds at the drop of a dime. I’M LOVING IT !!

  • Duck

    I’ll have one Prado Grande, Thanks!!!!!!

  • American

    Where can I buy a Prado diesel in California?

    • Mason

      In America the Prado is the Lexus GX

  • Tomas79

    American, he FJ cruiser is basically the LC120 Prado, with a different body…

    Robyn Brooks, Cool, I’m waiting for my 2008 Prado, due next month (feb)… But Please don’t refer to them as jeeps…
    (I bet you must be European?)… I have genuine Jeep, Which I’m passing onto my mate, and it is of the same colour as my new Prado….

  • Jaffarz

    I had PRADO 94 97 and 2005 diesel. I think in the SUV line Prado is the best. The diesel prado is damn powerful. Toyota rocks

  • Jaffarz

    I has Prado 94 97 and 2005 diesel. Prado diesel is superb. There is no comparison of Prado with other SUVs. Toyota rocks

  • Zakaria Mamat

    I have already owned 1996 lancruiser 70 series that I bought 2 years ago(used ).

    After my own experience of toyota reliability and low maintanance now Im waiting for my prado 120 series to replace
    my family MPV.So sad to say that malaysia doesnt bring in prado so I have to put the order right from japan car dealer and it takes me 2 months to ge the car.

    Landcruiser is proven for reliability in all terrain.

  • Tomas79

    Zakaria Mamat,
    2 months if your lucky, I have been waiting for my Prado since October…. and have 3 more weeks to wait…
    And apprently anyone ordering today, will have to wait over 5 months…

  • Miko

    Could somebody tell me what’s the power (HP) of Prado 3.0 L diesel engine?

  • Duck

    When are they going to facelift the Prado?

  • Anar

    I wanna buy a Prado Diesel., can anybody tell me if it has only manual or automatic gearbox also? Is it 3.0 engine with 4 cylinders? Toyota Prado is the best, I guess!

  • kate aubon

    has a fuel consumption of a pathetic 10km/litre, which makes toyota’s push as an eco-friendly car manufaturer (of the prius) a joke

  • Tomas79

    Miko, the new 3.0 liter D4D engine has 127kw and 410NM, you can convert that online to hp if you want.

    Duck,Why facelift something as good looking as the prado?!! It It was designed by a french design house and still looks good!! If toyota would try to facelift the prado, it would proably end up looking lke another lc200,klugger,rav4 clone…

    Anar, yes the 3.0 d4d engine comes with 4 cylinders and a choice of 6 speed manual or 5 speed auto transmition.

    Kate Aubon, whats up your arse?! 9.2 L/100 is brilliant for a 2tonne car! your average commodore burns 14-16l per 100km… And the Prius is a pretentious green car cos!!

  • Duck

    Tomas79, You probaly right they’ll just make it look more american, but the current design has been out since 2003.

  • Mike

    Anyone have any first hand comments on the vehicle stability systems in the VX and grande – I heard they were “abrupt” and “intrusive”? but no dealers have one to try out – only gxl models (and petrols no diesels available) – anyone care to comment? Also what’s the best value model? I’d like leather, and full air bags, but not sure if I want the vehicle stability controls, unless they are improved in the 2008 (current) model over the ones reviewed / commented on.

    10L / 100kms IS fantastic for a car of this kind – really fantastic. However, my car is spec’ed at 15L / 100kms (4×4 petrol) but I actually do about 20L / 100kms according to onboard computer, so I’m also wondering what are people’s real world results from the current diesel? is it closer to 15L / 100kms or is the claimed 10L a real world figure for many people? I’m talking, average driving style, not too light, not to heavy.?

  • Tomas79

    Duck, True, but part of the Toyota’s high resale value lies in the fact that they don’t update their models too often.
    Well with the exception of their last rav4, Toyota models tend to go on for nearly decades without a significant model change.

  • baz

    i just bought a Prado, 3.0L manual 5L-E 2986cc engine, to be honest, its a great vehicle :)

  • baz

    Engine
    Type

    (a) 3.0-litre Diesel (5L-E)
    (b) 3.0-litre Turbo Diesel (1KZ-TE)
    4-cyl. in-line OHC
    Respectively (a) and (b):-
    Piston displacement 2986 cc 2982 cc
    Max. output (SAE net) 70 kW/4000 rpm 96 kW/3600 rpm
    Max. torque (SAE net) 197 Nm/2400 rpm 343 Nm/2000 rpm
    Fuel system Electronic Fuel Injection

  • Fenno

    Its easy to see why this is the bigeest selling true 4wd in australia, but I still see a bucketload of soccer moms driving these because they want the eight seats…and for those of you contemplating this car but are worried qbout what it may cost to maintain, Toyota have just introduced fixed price servicing on this variant which will cost you no more than $180 per service for the 1st 60000kms. Turn them over after this and you will still enjoy the best re-sale and have a car that cost about the same to run as a mazda 3 or the likes.

  • Tomas79

    Baz those the old engines you are refering to!!
    The new D4d 3.0 1KD-FTV engine has 127kw and 410nm… and a 9.2L/100km fuel consumption

  • Pete 2008

    Guys i just bought a diesel GXL, dealers are tripping over each other at present to flog them. Negotiate hard and you will get a great deal.(Maybe something to do with the predicted 2-2.20 diesel predictions and june 30 fast approaching). Lucky my boss picks up the fuel tab….

  • Nilza Carvalho

    Carro mais lindo que esse!!! num existe!!!

  • Baz

    Tomas79,
    thanks for ur response… when i bought the prado, i had the option the older model 5L-E i guess… since it was the only one available in manual at my place and i m not really into the latest turbo ones.

    anyway, its a narrow body model, but ive modified my wheels from the narrow stainless steel 6jjx17 to an alloy 7.5×17, but still using a 225R70 17 tyres and it fits heheh… however the authorities does not give approval for it since they argued that tyres are out a ‘bit’. so any advice welcome mate. loved what u did on ur car esp with the mud tyres :) cheers

  • Tim Gornall

    Please can any of you PRADO lovers tell me what the max towing capacity is of a 2005-2006 model 3lt diesel.

    I have VERY limited knowledge of 4wd’s but have been told that for towing you cannot look past toyota landcruiser 4.2 or the prado.

    The other question i have is, would it be false economy to get the prado over the 4.2 landcruiser. In other words if i am towing a 23′ caravan, fully laden, max gross weight approx 2500kgs, would the 4.2lt run more efficiently??

    Hope all you enthusiasts out there can help me please. Thanks Tim

  • Fenno

    Tim,
    The Prado would have no trouble towing the 2500kg (providing you do not exceed this as it is the official towing capacity).
    What you’ll find with this car though if it is the pre common-rail motor (look for a D4D badge: no badge = pre common-rail) that it will be incredibly slow and thirsty compared to the common-rail D4D motor.
    If you’re on a budget your best bet would be a 100 series 4.2 turbo diesel (make sure it’s a 1HD-FTE factory turbo and not a 1HZ with an aftermarket turbo) with the 5 speed auto preferrably. Your economy will be better in a car like this than it would be in either of the Prados towing the same weight although you will find the tank size could represent an issue (141 litre LC100 – 180 litre Prado 120).
    A 4.2 litre 1HZ (non turbo landcruiser) will have the same consumption as a petrol 4.0 prado so avoid this car if you can.
    BTW. The cruiser is a much nicer drive and only one car out there tows better than a 100 series…a 200 series turbodiesel. Good luck (if you havent already made the decision)

  • VALEK

    Mine 4L petrol grande eats 14-15L/100km
    On the run was just under 10L
    Smooth and strong. Love it.
    2 weeks and I already forgotten my 2.4L CAMRY

  • David

    Does any one know when Toyota Are bringing out the new look Parado, we have now seen the like of the 200 series, the Kluger ans the Camery though what about the Parado has any heard any thing about a release of a new disgn look. Dont chnage the engine.

  • Tomas79

    David, If you search hard enough(since i can’t paste urls on here) you should be able to find the pic of the 2009 prado…. I think it will be released mid 2009. I don’t like the new look, but it might grow on me. Try going to pradopoint(dot)com, and look up 2009 prado..

  • Tomas79

    Baz, the tires should be legal regardless, since the prado is plated (driver side door) up to 245/65r17.
    Next time I’ll probably go 245/70r17….
    If you want extra flares, there is a few to choose from, you can get 50 dollar cheapies, or black rubber ones which appear similar to the originals, but are black. or you can the the original carbon fibre ones painted, for 2.2k fitted from ARB. For more info go to Pradopoint.com.

  • http://GOOLE ALI

    PRADO IN DESERT IS LOOKING NICE THE PRADO 4.0 IS LOOKING VERY NICE

  • http://GOOLE ALI

    I LIKE PRADOS I HAVE THAT MY DAD DRIVES THAT CAR

  • http://GOOLE ALI

    IT CAN GO IN WATER IN DESERT I HAVE IT IN VX BLACK COLOR 5DOOR

  • http://GOOLE ALI

    I SAVED PICS OF IT I HAVE DONE IT BACKROUD THAT IS MY DRAEM CAR

  • http://GOOLE ALI MAHMOOD AL YASIN

    I LOVE THAT CAR I TOL MY DAD TO BY THAT CAR IN 2005 TIL I DIDT TOL HIM TO SELL THAT CAR PRADO VX 4.0

  • http://GOOLE ALI MAHMOOD AL YASIN

    WHEN IT WAS RAINING IN DUBAI MY MOM WAS DRIVEING IN THE WATER THEN MY MOM SPLASH ON ONE CAR THEN ARE CAR PRADO HAS TO RUN IN THE WATER .

  • http://GOOLE ALI MAHMOOD AL YASIN

    TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO IS THE BABY OF LAND CRUISER LAND CRUISER IS THE BABA NISSAN PATROL IS THE MAMA

  • http://GOOLE ALI MAHMOOD AL YASIN

    TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO 2005 I HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • http://GOOLE ALI MAHMOOD AL YASIN

    PRADO WILL BE DRTIY WHEN MY DAD COMES FROM SEAATTLE THEN WE WILL GO TO DESERT

  • http://GOOLE ALI MAHMOOD AL YASIN

    p

  • http://GOOGLE ALI

    THEY ARE 1000 500 CONTRYS BUT PRADO IT DOES NOT COME IN 1 CONTRY NEW YORK

  • Lareina

    Hi, we are looking at the older Prado but can’t decide whether to go for petrol or diesel? anyone out there that can help?

  • Bomber

    Hi there Fenno…you say to steer away from the HZ 100 series…I am having puel consumption problems and lack of power with mine. It has an aftermarket turbo and intercooler. Plenty of low down grunt but doesn’t have the oomf of the factory. We have some at work, they go very well.
    Any good advice valued (Ali ;))

  • Mitch

    Tomas79,

    You sound like you know what you’re on about, you in Qld ?

    I just bought my first ever Prado (“07″ Model Diesel D4D 6 Speed …. and I Love It…..only had it three weeks and first trip was to Fraser Island for AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND i only live on the sunshine coast I Was very scared to get it dirty as it looked so nice WHEN I PICKED IT UP FROM THE DEALERSHIP but as soon as i got the first grain of sand on it i thought WHO gives a shit that’s WHAT they are made for…….did a bit of mud work believe it or not on the largest sand island in the world very impressed and my brother i law form W.A was very jealous… HA HA HA

  • Hameed

    I have one prado.i like it becasue it is very beautiful and very soft and swifft
    we are looking at the older Prado but can’t decide whether to go for petrol or diesel? anyone out there that can help at last i love it …….

  • Tharun

    Oh what a feeling !
    The feel that you get when driving a prado is unmatched. I’ve driven a pajero and i think that toyota has really pulled up the game with these models.
    Jst hope the 2009 model keeps the same face. .

  • Tushar

    Hi guys, i am seriously considering a prado GXL 2004 thats done 180000kms. do you think a $22k price tag is worth it? its got a bull bar, new tyres, reg till 11/09, all electric options, tints, and a three year parts + labour warranty. also has bluetooth car kit and tow bar.

    my main concern is the number of k’s its already done if its an issue in this type of vehicle?

    any thing i should be looking out for?

    cheers, tushar.

  • Alibi

    Plaese can someone tell me what is the fuel consamption and horse power of the Toyota Prado VX 2007 with the diesel engine 1kzt 3.0L turbo?

  • Bavarian Missile (.)(.)

    arrrrrrrrrrrr wheres Tomarse79 when you need him ?

  • The grey namad 41

    Hi Tushar It all depends if it petrol or diesel, if it diesel the prado is just run in but I would not say that for petrol. I have a 2000 model and done 160,000 km with not a spot of a problem As grey nomads we have travelled around Auz 3 times sometimes on rough roads and pulled a 2 tonne van. The price sounds ok, I would like to get $20000 when i sell mine, to upgrade to the new common rail. The fuel ecomeny is great,I can get 13 lt to the 100. pulling the van, sydney to melbourne non stop. So go for it.,

  • sarah

    I need a toyota prado second hand from Japan to South Africa. Want any model from 2006, 2000cc engine capacity. Reply soon!

  • Leong

    I would like to booking a Prado TZ, but can’t decide whether to go for petrol 3.4 or diesel 3.0? I am use for long distance for same time, anyone out there that can help?

    • http://yahoo BHUTAN

      MAN Diesel is good for u because diesel have more power than petrol.petrol is just silence and i comsume a lot so buy LAND CRUISER or BMW X5…………………………………..

  • http://yahoo BHUTAN

    i have prado 2009 gx and i love its look and its power but speed is not good as prado vx.THIS suv is the best suv is look than other suv.We can feel the beauti the power and its trust.So u BUY it the prado vx not GX

  • http://EMIRATESAIRLINE ALYZ93

    HA HA HA i have 2005 prado vx i went in desert it i love its exeperinse well it has much more power then gx the engine is bigger…………………………………

  • Emeka

    Could someone help me out with the place of availability (in Dubai) and cost of the following 2007 Toyota Prado: 1. Front Bumper 2. Front Drive Shaft Assy 3. Radio Antenna.

    Chassis No. JTEBL29J385097910.

  • GX

    i bought a 2009 prado Gx in the philippines. brand new!!!!!

    3.0 naturally aspirated
    non turbo.
    there is no airbag indication
    made for dubai market (made in japan)
    no roof rails.
    tropicalized
    are there any features i am not aware of?????
    can anyone post the complete spec for this vehicle????

  • http://bob@bigpond.com Bobh

    My mate is looking to buy a 2005 Prado Deisel, currently I’m driving a 2007 Prado Deisel.(which is great for towing 1750Kg caravan) Can anyone tell me how the 2005 prado Deisel compares (when towing)to the 2007 Prado Deisel

  • http://nil engais

    yap! prado g8 is a nice car to have. dad has it, its nice in speeding,very nice for long safari….

  • Matt

    Hi all, I have a Prado 2007, diesel, I just got the news that the injectors are not good, and with this models they are trouble. Can someone confirm this to me or guide me to a web site I could check Cheers…

  • BOB REDFORD

    HELLO;

    DROVE PRADO 3LTR DIESEL FROM SYD TO MELB AND BACK ON ONE TANK…

    AMAZING OVERTAKING ABILITY..120-140KMPHR…

    6SP MANUAL WAY TO GO…

    1ST GEAR VERY HEAVY THOUGH…

    GET A GREAT 3 YR OLD PRADO DIESEL FOR 60K….WILL LAST U 4EVER.

    THE RANGIE IS FRIGHTENEING IN TDV8….

  • Erica

    Had 2 injectors replaced this week on 2007 GXL Prado 130,000 ks, not happy. Toyota agreed to pay half expenses of $3,000 Is this not admitting that there is a problem with the D4D?

    • Pauline

      Hi Erica, We are having same trouble with our 2007 grande prado and Toyota will only pay for 2 injectors ($1400) and we have to pay for other 2 and laobour – over $4000. NOT HAPPY AT ALL. It is clearly a fault from manufacturing and should be covered under there out of warranty claims.

  • Wendy

    I have a 96 Prado tx. diesel, auto. Has a tapping noise, from motor, louder on acceleration. ? poss cam/shaft/or hydraulic tappets. Any ides what these sort of scenarios cost to remedy?

  • Mzee Ali

    I have a 2007 prado VX. I do not regret to it. I love it. It makes me move comfortably, happily and ….

  • MAYTHAM

    I have TOYOTA LAND CRUISER PRADO VX 2007 ..WHAT IS THE RIGHT OIL ENGINE TO USE ..i HAVE BEEN DRIVE ABOUT 45000 KILOMETERS >> AND WHAT IS THE CHANGING TIME FOR THAT OIL …I LIVE IN BASRA SOUTH OF IRAQ ???

  • Grant

    I have a Toyota Prado 2007 GXL and have only had it for 9 months and has only just done 103,000 and all four fuel injectors have gone in it? Is there something wrong with this model? Am not happy at all as it going to cost a fortune!!!! Apart from that it has been a great car!

  • Amankp

    is toyota prado any good….2004 diesal turbo model