When the refreshed Toyota Land Cruiser Prado first made its way to the Philippines three years ago, we were expecting it to be equipped with the 1GD-FTV 2.8-liter turbo-diesel; the same one found in the second generation Fortuner. Initially making 177 PS with 450 Nm of torque, it clearly had more power and grunt than the 3.0-liter 1KD-FTV which only made 163 PS and 410 Nm of torque.

Sadly, the PH-spec Land Cruiser Prado continued to soldier on with the 1KD-FTV turbo-diesel. There is an option for a gasoline V6, but if you wanted a diesel, your only choice was the 3.0-liter and nothing else.

Now, Toyota Motor Philippines has quietly launched the 2021 Land Cruiser Prado, and it now has the more powerful 2.8-liter turbo-diesel. But instead of producing 177 PS and 450 Nm of torque, the updated Land Cruiser Prado now gets the same amount of power as the recently-launched Fortuner. This means the SUV's engine now puts out 204 PS at 3400 rpm, along with 500 Nm of torque at 2800 rpm. Also gone is the old five-speed automatic transmission. Replacing it is a newer six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift.

2021 Toyota LC Prado 2.8L diesel now available for PhP 4.17M image

Don't expect to find a stickshift of the 2.8-liter Land Cruiser Prado, however, as TMP decided to remove the six-speed manual turbo-diesel variant altogether.

With the Land Cruiser Prado getting a more powerful turbo-diesel heart, the Land Cruiser 2.8-liter variant now has a sticker price of PhP 4,170,000. This translates to a PhP 69,000 price increase over the older 3.0-liter version. At its current price, this puts the diesel-powered LC Prado near the territory of the Land Cruiser 200 Base which currently has a suggested retail price of PhP 4,584,000.

As for those that prefer a gasoline engine under the hood of the Land Cruiser Prado, TMP is still offering the 4.0-liter V6 version. The 1GR-FE V6 continues to make 275 PS and 381 Nm of torque and is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. But unlike the diesel version which retails at nearly PhP 4.2 million, the gasoline version is priced at PhP 3,369,000, a PhP 6,000 increase from before.