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by Matt Brogan

Toyota’s new Prado, due to go on sale later this month, is being claimed as a “tougher, yet more refined” vehicle than the one it replaces.

The new Prado is also said to be more capable in all driving conditions while also being more comfortable, thanks to the addition of new premium features.

With state-of-the-art driver-assist technologies, new Prado will for the first time in Australia be offered in both three- and five-door configuration.

Fuel economy has been significantly improved in most models with Prado’s 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine now featuring dual VVT-i, which has helped boost its maximum power at least 10 per cent to more than 200kW.

The 3.0-litre direct-injection turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine gains new injectors and improved cooling efficiency from a front-mounted intercooler. The diesel engine will offer more than 400Nm of torque from just 1200rpm.

Both engines can be matched to six-speed manual or five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmissions.

All new Prado models will have seven airbags, ESC with Traction Control, as well as ABS with EBA and EBD. Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) is newly available and incorporates multi-terrain ABS.

Downhill Assist Control (DAC) maintains vehicle speed to ensure vehicle stability when descending slopes, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) minimises vehicle roll-back when the vehicle starts to ascend a steep incline or slippery surface.

Toyota’s Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system with Roll Posture Control lets the driver tune the ride characteristics with a choice of three damper settings.

An electronically controlled rear air suspension system provides an auto-levelling function and switchable height control.

Pricing and full specification details will be released closer to the launch.