The current-generation Land Cruiser Prado has been around for quite some time already. As it stands, it's already 11 years old, making it one of the oldest SUVs in Toyota's line-up. Only the Land Cruiser 200 Series is older, which is now 13 years old.
However, it seems that the current Land Cruiser Prado will hang around for a few more years. There has been a report that the SUV will be updated sometime this year. It will even get a more powerful turbodiesel engine, says the report.
According to Creative311.com, a Japanese motoring website, the Prado will gain several software and hardware updates. Aside from the engine, it is said that the Prado will have more active safety equipment on board, as well as a new infotainment system. At the moment, there is no mention if there will be any changes to the exterior or interior of the SUV.
As for that engine, there are no specifics just yet, but there are hints that the diesel engine will gain more power. It won't be a new turbo-diesel though as it will likely be the uprated 2.8-liter from the recently facelifted Fortuner and Hilux. Whereas the 2016 to 2020 models put out 177 PS and 450 Nm, the new one pushes out 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque. That's a significant increase of 27 PS and 50 Nm of torque. The transmission could well be a six-speed automatic.
In some parts of the world, the Prado uses the 177 PS version of the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel. However, the local-spec Prado still sticks to the 3.0-liter D4-D that dates back to 2000. Power is rated at 163 PS and 410 Nm of torque, and it shifts with either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.
Other improvements include the addition of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. That means the Prado could have night pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, “brake to steer” lane-keeping assist, and speed limit detection as standard. The new infotainment system will reportedly gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the CD player will be deleted from the equipment list.
When will the (supposedly) more powerful and better equipped Prado arrive? The site claims that the upgraded model will make its debut in Japan either by August or September of this year. Of course, what we want to see is that new 2.8-liter to power the Philippine version. After all, who wouldn't want an extra 41 PS and 90 Nm under the hood of the Prado?