Toyota's luxury SUVs, the Land Cruiser and Prado, may be over a decade old now, but that isn't stopping them from spicing up the two behemoths. The automaker's in-house tuning division, TRD, recently introduced new kits for the Prado and Land Cruiser.
While there has been a TRD package for the two in Japan for quite some time now, these new kits are a little different. Instead of being oriented towards the VIP (luxury) look or for off-road enthusiasts, the new kit appears to split the difference.
As far as the upgrades go, it seems like an appearance package only. Also, it seems made for the Russian market only, but it is interesting to see what TRD packages are like outside of its home market. For the Prado, it gets a unique lower grill, as well as a bolder, more defined front apron. A bright red TRD badge is also prominently displayed on the lower half of the kit. At the rear, there's a unique kit for the bumper and another TRD badge on display. Less obvious is the change to the wheelcaps, which get TRD markings. That said, the wheel design itself is the same from stock.
On to the Land Cruiser and there are a bit more changes. The main difference here is the grill. Instead of the signature chrome-lined, three-bar arrangement, it gets a dark gray split bar design. Also, it gains larger alloy wheels (seen on high-end Dubai-spec Land Cruisers) with TRD wheel caps. For the rest of it, it has similar upgrades as the Prado with a special front and rear bumper lower grill, and bright red TRD badging.
So while the changes appear to be cosmetic, it doesn't detract from the fact that the Land Cruiser and the Prado are some of the most capable 4x4s in the world today. They also made it a point to display their prowess with two videos showing both SUVs shrugging off punishment. If anything, the videos are making us want a Land Cruiser or a Prado even more, be it with a TRD kit or not.