Toyota continues to improve their large body-on-frame SUVs despite the prevalence of more car-like crossovers. Recently receiving a major redesign for 2018 is the Land Cruiser Prado which made its world debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2018 Land Cruiser Prado gets a more robust exterior design that is spruced up with new creature comforts and amenities.
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2018 Land Cruiser Prado has a more imposing front end. A new five-slot grill dominates the front fascia along with the heavily redesigned headlights. Also getting revisions on Land Cruiser Prado are its hood, front bumper and fenders.
According to Toyota, the new hood allows for better downward visibility. Meanwhile, the lower center section of the front bumper has been reshaped like a skid plate for improved off-road protection. Both the grill and headlights have been redesigned for greater off-road capability, with the former allowing better engine cooling. The latter, on the other hand, have been reshaped and re-positioned to avoid being damaged from obstacles. In addition, they can be specified with either halogen or LED lighting.
Towards the back, Toyota subtly updated the Land Cruiser Prado's rear by giving it a redesigned taillight cluster featuring a LED stop light. It also gets a smaller garnish plate within the license plate surround and an updated bumper with a kicked-up base.
Three new wheel designs are available in the 2018 Land Cruiser Prado. The smallest set measures 17-inches and have a six-spoke design. In the middle of the range are the gloss-painted 18-inch alloy wheels. The largest set measures 19-inches and features a 12-spoke design.
Aside from the exterior, Toyota was also busy giving the interior a makeover. Toyota claimed it now is now of higher quality and allows for better outside visibility. For starters, the center console is now lower than before and comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment. Also new are the flush-fitted automatic climate control system and the drivetrain instrument cluster.
A new trim material called Silver Hairline Texture gives off the appearance of sculpted metal is placed on the center console tower, just near the knee supports. The steering wheel is also new and now matches the one on the Land Cruiser V8 models. LED ambient lighting is now standard as well and can be found on the footwell, headlining, glove box and door panels.
Optitron gauges are now standard equipment on the 2018 Land Cruiser Prado and come with polished gauges and a metallic base panel. Flanking them is the 4.2-inch multi-info display which can show in-car navigation, driver and assistance systems and audio entertainment.
Three powertrain options are available in the updated Land Cruiser Prado, two gasoline engines and one turbo-diesel powerplant.
First up is the 2.7-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that is derived from the Fortuner. It puts out 163 PS at 5200 rpm and 246 Nm of torque at 3900 rpm. Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic. Next is the carried-over 4.0-liter V6 with VVT-i. It generates 248 PS at 5600 rpm while torque is rated at 381 Nm at 4400 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard on the V6.
The sole turbo-diesel option comes courtesy of the 2.8-liter D-4D four-cylinder engine also found in its IMV models. It produces 177 PS at 3400 rpm along with 450 Nm of torque available between 1600 – 2400 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels.
Other in-car features available in the European market 2018 Land Cruiser Prado include rear heated seats, automatic climate control, electric and heated windshield and reverse tilting side mirrors. Ten new exterior colors are available in the 2018 Land Cruiser Prado, including two new hues: Midnight Emerald Blue and Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic.