The updated, 2016 Toyota LandCruiser Prado has arrived on local shores, primed to take on rivals such as the forthcoming, Australian-developed Ford Everest.
Headlining the list of changes for the MY16 Toyota Prado is the introduction of a new, downsized 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine with better efficiency yet more torque than before, a new six-speed automatic transmission (up from five speeds), a tweaked V6 petrol engine and some more equipment on select versions.
Additionally, Toyota has also increased the price by between 0.5 and 2.6 per cent, though it’s worth recalling Toyota also cut its pricing by between $2730 and $7630 on January 1 this year in the wake of the Australia-Japan free-trade agreement.
The Prado is Australia’s top-selling large SUV in 2015, with 8925 units registered (down 8.2 per cent), overtaking the flagging Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Since 1997, Toyota has sold 237,000 Prados, making it the biggest-selling SUV in Australia over the past 19 years. Australia accounted for 8.6 percent of Prado sales around the world last year, with China in first place globally.
Powering the MY16 Toyota Prado range is a new 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine (familiar from the new HiLux and Fortuner) producing outputs of 130kW at 3400rpm and up to 450Nm between 1600 and 2400rpm with the auto, though only 420Nm between 1400 and 2600rpm with the six-speed manual.
The new engine, despite its 227cc smaller displacement than the old engine, thereby makes 3kW/40Nm more than the outgoing 3.0 unit. Fuel economy, at a claimed 7.9L/100km with the manual and 8.0L/100km with the auto, is down by between 6 and 10 per cent.
Towing capacity remains 2500kg, which trails some ute-based rivals. Familiarly, entry variants sport independent front suspension and a solid rear live axle, while the upmarket VX and Kakadu have an electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System at the rear. The Kakadu builds on this with adaptive variable suspension and rear air suspension.
Meanwhile, the familiar (and far less purchased) 4.0-litre petrol V6 engine with 11.6L/100km fuel economy has been tweaked to produce 207kW (up 5kW) and an unchanged 381Nm. Emissions have been slightly reduced to meet Euro 5 requirements. Additions include new injectors and a modified exhaust.
Both variants have 87 litre main tanks and a 63L sub-tank.
The Prado’s line-up remains unchanged: the diesel-only GX is available with five or seven seats while seven-seat GXL, VX and Kakadu offer the choice of engines. The two higher grades are auto only.
The addition of satellite navigation to the popular GXL grade brings this technology to the vast majority of Prado buyers. The GXL — including the special-edition Altitude diesel based on this grade — accounts for more than three-quarters of all Prado sales.
These Prado updates arrive less than two years after the range was comprehensively freshened with new exterior styling, and a more refined interior.
And, highlighting an SUV- and 4×4-heavy year for Toyota Australia, these latest updates to the Prado also follow the unveiling earlier this month of a facelifted and upgraded LandCruiser 200 Series, due for a local launch in October, alongside the Fortuner.
LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $220 per service. This covers six standard scheduled services each for the first three years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first). Service intervals on Prado are every six months or 10,000km (whichever occurs first).
2015 Toyota LandCruiser Prado pricing (plus on-road costs):
Option: Premium paint $550
Equipment by grade:
Prado GX automatic:
Prado GXL (in addition to GX):
Prado VX (in addition to GXL):
Prado Kakadu (in addition to VX):