Capable, rugged, and solid.
These are just some of the words that suit the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. However, one word that doesn't describe it is brisk, particularly the turbodiesel models.
The diesel Prado was never renowned for straight-line performance. You could argue that power isn't everything in a 4x4, but it would be nice if you could get to your destination that little bit faster. Sure there's the 4.0-liter V6 gas option for the Prado, but it's a thirsty engine. It's not that the Prado diesel is excruciatingly slow, but we just thought it needed a little more punch.
Now, Toyota has addressed that shortcoming by giving the Prado a much more potent turbodiesel engine. So not only will it offer power, it should deliver decent fuel economy as well, according to the spec sheet.
For the 2021 model year, the Prado gets an uprated version of the now-familiar 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine. From 177 PS and 450 Nm, it now jumps up to 204 PS and, more importantly, 500 Nm of torque. That's a substantial increase of 27 PS and 50 Nm of torque. If the power and torque figures sound familiar, that's because it's the same as the recently facelifted Hilux 4x4 and Fortuner 4x4.
This makes it the first diesel-powered Prado to have over 200 horsepower, and easily the torquiest one Toyota has made so far. To put that into perspective, the updated diesel has even more torque than the 4.0-liter V6 gas engine, which “only” has 381 Nm. While it doesn't seem likely that the diesel Prado will out drag the V6 version (it's down by 71 PS), it won't guzzle fuel at an alarming rate. Toyota claims that the SUV can do up to 11.2 kilometers per liter under city driving conditions.
As for the rest of the SUV, it still looks much like the facelifted version from late 2017. Toyota didn't mention any exterior or interior changes on the 2021 Prado, and even the wheels are still the same. Still, we'd take a power upgrade over a new bumper or grille any day.
Unfortunately, the Philippine-spec Land Cruiser Prado is still saddled with the old 3.0-liter turbodiesel. It's essentially the engine of the first-generation Fortuner 4x4, albeit with slightly more torque. With the local 3.0-liter diesel version making 163 PS and 410 Nm of torque, it lags behind the new engine by 41 PS and 90 Nm of torque. It would be nice if Toyota Motor Philippines would bring in the new 2.8-liter diesel. Besides, who doesn't want a more powerful Prado?