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by George Skentzos

Out to prove that “less is more”, Toyota will offer customers the choice of a three-door version of its next generation Prado in Australia for the first time.

Aimed at a younger buyer with off-road recreation in mind, the three-door Prado will be sold alongside the current five-door models from November.

Aside from its shorter stature, the three-door version remains identical to the new Prado 150 range, with only the roof and rear-quarter panel needing to be changed.


Its short wheelbase and inherited higher break-over angle mean the three door version is more capable off-road that its larger sibling, able to travel over steeper peaks than five-door.

Its reduced weight not only means improved acceleration and fuel efficiency but also a strong towing capacity of three tonnes – 500kg more than the already impressive five-door.

Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said three-door Prado was a valuable addition to the local range.

“Prado three-door will be the ideal vehicle for couples who want a vehicle for its sporty styling, as well as Prado’s legendary towing and off-road abilities,” Mr Buttner said.

All next-generation Prados in Australia will have seven airbags, vehicle stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes.

Alloy wheels and Toyota’s Smart Entry & Start, which provides keyless entry and ignition, are also standard.