The 2014 Toyota LandCruiser Prado has arrived in Australia with revised styling, new technology and restructured pricing.
Revealed in August with a new grille, headlights, front bumper and tail-lights, the facelifted Toyota LandCruiser Prado range has been reduced from 13 variants to 11 following the discontinuation of the slow-selling three-door body style.
Now available exclusively as a five-door, the Prado is offered in five- and seven-seat configurations in GX specification – where third-row seating commands a $2500 premium – while GXL, VX and Kakadu trims all remain seven-seaters.
Priced at an unchanged $55,990, the entry-level Prado GX (pictured above) teams the carry-over 127kW/410Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with a six-speed manual transmission, and continues to deliver combined cycle fuel consumption of 8.8 litres per 100km. Adding $2700, the optional five-speed automatic is slightly more frugal at 8.5L/100km.
Diesel-powered VX and Kakadu grades are paired exclusively with the auto gearbox.
Regardless of engine, all Toyota Prado models come with a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a lockable Torsen centre differential and two-speed transfer case as well as a 2500kg towing capacity.
Standard across the range is a seven-inch colour screen with rear-view camera display, cruise control, smart entry and start, a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth, USB/AUX and iPod connectivity, and alloy wheels. Trailer sway control and emergency brake signal are now also included along with seven airbags and electronic stability control. Prado GX auto models gain hill-start assist and downhill assist, with the addition of third-row seating mandating extended side-curtain airbags.
Starting at $61,490 – up $355 on the current model – Prado GXL adds front fog lamps, roof rails, side steps, heated and retractable exterior mirrors, rear parking sensors, three-zone climate control, vehicle alarm, and privacy glass. A premium steering wheel, shift lever knob and handbrake lever further boost the equipment list along with a roller blind cargo cover and two additional cup holders.
Priced at $77,990 for the petrol and $78,990 for the diesel – both up $1355 – Prado VX (pictured above) gains Toyota’s electronically modulated kinetic dynamic suspension system (KDSS), automatic LED headlights, front parking sensors and 18-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels. Rain-sensing wipers, satellite navigation and a 17-speaker premium JBL audio system with digital DAB+ radio are also included, as are leather-accented seats (heated front and second-row outboard), power-folding third-row seats, an electro-chromatic interior mirror and chrome interior door handles.
Starting at $91,590 (up $1455), the range-topping Kakadu (pictured below) is further equipped with adaptive variable suspension, height-adjustable and auto-levelling rear air suspension and an enhanced five-mode selectable multi-terrain traction control system.
Helping off-road capability are Toyota’s five-setting CRAWL cruise control system, an electronic rear differential lock, a millimetre-wavelength radar sensor and a four-camera multi-terrain monitor, while adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring aid safety.
The flagship Prado also features a moonroof, refrigerated cool box, key-linked driver's memory seat and steering wheel and a rear entertainment system comprising a nine-inch roof-mounted monitor, Blu-ray player and auxiliary inputs.
Interior trims vary from the GX and GXL’s silver and piano black to woodgrain-look and chrome in VX and Kakadus, while all have a redesigned dashboard and revised driver's instrument cluster with new dials.
Two new exterior colours have also been added for the 2014 model year – Dynamic Blue and Liquid Bronze – with metallic and pearl paints again coming at a cost of $475.
Stay tuned for CarAdvice's full review coming soon.
2014 Toyota LancdCruiser Prado manufacturer's list price:
Prado GX diesel five-seater manual - $55,990
Prado GX diesel seven-seater manual - $58,490 (+$236)
Prado GX diesel five-seater auto - $58,690 (+$436)
Prado GX diesel seven-seat auto - $61,190 (+$1013)
Prado GXL diesel manual - $61,490 (+$355)
Prado GXL petrol auto - $63,190 (+$555)
Prado GXL diesel auto - $64,190 (+$555)
Prado VX petrol auto - $77,990 (+$1355)
Prado VX diesel auto - $78,990 (+$1355)
Prado Kakadu petrol auto - $91,590 (+$1455)
Prado Kakadu diesel auto - $92,590 (+$1455)