The updated Prado has received a price bump to match its extra power and features, but loses manual transmission.
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  • 2021 Toyota Prado gets a power increase with more useable torque
  • Infotainment and safety updates across the range
  • No more manual transmission option
  • Prices increased for 2021

The updated 2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado has been revealed with more power and more features, but buyers will also have to pay more.

Prices for the full-size 4WD begin at $59,840 plus on-road costs for the Prado GX – $5750 more than the outgoing model.

However, the six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission is now standard across the Prado range, whereas buyers would have had to have forked out an extra $3000 for an auto on the previous model.

The updated Toyota SUV gets a healthy performance bump, with an extra 20kW/50Nm from a new turbocharger providing a total of 150kW/500Nm from the 2.8-litre diesel, as first reported by CarAdvice in July 2020. Maximum torque also covers a wider rev range.

Changes to the engine internals, fuel system, and exhaust have allowed Toyota to add performance without sacrificing fuel economy, with figures claimed at an average of 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while emissions are also lower at 209 grams per kilometre – down 0.1L/100km and 3g/km from the previous engine tune.

Fuel capacity is 150 litres when buyers choose a tailgate-mounted spare – the spare tyre can be mounted under the car as a no-cost option, where it replaces the 63-litre sub fuel tank on all models, except the GX. Towing capacity remains 3000kg braked.

Infotainment for the Prado is also new, with buyers gaining Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on a 9.0-inch screen, replacing the previous model's 8.0-inch unit. Satellite navigation and reversing camera are standard.

The new system also supports the company's myToyota app, which allows the integration of third-party phone apps such as Waze, Accuweather, and Stitcher.

Toyota's Safety Sense technology has also been updated, with autonomous braking pre-collision system now recognising cyclists during the day, and pedestrians both day and night.

The safety suite can also help keep the vehicle to keep within its lane markings by applying brakes to one side of the car, while alerting the driver. The Prado retains hydraulic power steering, meaning more advanced steering assist remains unavailable.

Revised road sign recognition means the Prado's cruise control can be reset to match altering speed limits.

Automatic rain-sensing wipers are now standard across the range, as well as keyless entry and start. The entry level GX comes standard with a rubber mat set, and 17-inch alloy wheels. A third-row of seats is optional on the GX ($2550).

The Prado GXL gains the third-row of seats as standard equipment, along with side steps, roof rails, three-zone climate control, bi-LED headlights, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, and rear parking sensors.

The GXL is also available with the option of leather-accented ventilated and heated power front seats and heated second-row seats, as part of a premium interior pack for $3470.

Above: MY20 dash pictured with 8.0-inch display, new MY21 interior photography still to come

The Prado VX adds the premium interior, plus 18-inch alloys, a 14-speaker JBL speaker system, digital radio tuner, carpet mat set, automatic headlights, 360-degree cameras, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and multi-terrain monitor to help in off-road situations.

The range-topping Kakadu adds paddle-shifters to the steering wheel, as well as a moonroof, rear-seat entertainment, adaptive variable suspension with auto-levelling rear air suspension, crawl control, and selectable multi-terrain off-road driving aids.

Ten exterior paint options are now available, with optional colours (aside from Glacier white and Ebony Black) an additional $600 across all variants.

2021 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Pricing

  • Prado GX – $59,840
  • Prado GXL – $66,540
  • Prado VX – $76,380
  • Prado Kakadu – $87,030

Note: all prices exclude on-road costs