Not a fan of a spare tyre on the rear? Toyota to the rescue.
Toyota is about to announce the addition of a split tailgate with top-hinged glass as a no-cost option for the updated Landcruiser Prado, CarAdvice can exclusively reveal.
Unlike previous Prado generations where the flat, split tailgate has been limited to top-spec Altitude models, the model-year update will make it available on the GXL, VX and Kakadu. The spare wheel is relocated under the car, the secondary fuel tank removed and a top-hinged rear window added.
A group of vehicles sporting the new tailgate were spotted at the docks in Port Melbourne, and the car you see here was posted on the Instagram page of a Victorian dealer.
According to the dealer, the option can be selected at the time of purchase for no additional cost. It reduces the Prado's fuel capacity from 150- to 87 litres – the 63 litre sub tank is replaced by a spare tyre – which drops driving range from around 1875km to 1087km.
Removing the spare tyre also changes the length and weight of the vehicle. Vehicle length drops from 4995 to 4825mm, while weight drops from 2455 to 2395kg. Think of it as a Prado Superleggera...
Toyota is expected to make the announcement official shortly, but these vehicles can be ordered through dealers as we speak.