Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, a popular name in the SUV category has been around for quite a while now without receiving any major upgrades. This time around, fresh images of the Prado facelift has surfaced ahead of its September launch in Japan, followed by the Middle East year by the year end. In India, Toyota offers the Prado via the CBU route and the new model is expected to hit the shores in 2018.
Based on what can be seen, the new Land Cruiser Prado gets a new fascia that includes horizontal units with projector headlamps and LED DRLs. The bumpers have been redesigned to appear bolder and sharper than the outgoing model. The upcoming model also gets a new radiator grille with five prominent vertical bars with double slats between them. The rear section will now feature redesigned 3D tail lamps and a new tailgate design. The spare wheel cover has been carried forth from the current model. As for the interior, it is believed that it will carry overmost of the elements from the Land Cruiser.
Mechanically, Toyota might continue offering the 3.0-litre diesel with automatic transmission in India. As for the international market, the Prado is available in three petrol units – 2.7-litres, a 3.5-litres V6 and a 4.0-litre V6. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is available in three four-cylinder options – a 2.8-litre unit and two 3.0-litre variants. In terms of safety, the new model is expected to be offered with Toyota Safety Sense P package which includes features like Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Control with Steering Assist and Pedestrian Detection.
Toyota had recently revised prices post implementation of GST across its products in India. The new model will also carry the same benefits and is expected to be similarly priced.
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