Following its debut in the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the updated Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has made its way to Philippine shores. For the 2018 model year, not only does it get new sheetmetal at the front, but also upgraded mechanicals as well. This comes after the mild technical update two years ago, when it received the new 2.8-liter turbodiesel from the Fortuner and Hilux.
The Philippine market continues on with the 1KD-FTV 3.0-liter diesel unit (163 PS) mated to either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox; and the 4.0-liter gas engine (275 PS) from the FJ Cruiser, mated to a 5-speed automatic.
As for its exterior, it's largely the same as the ones offered in international markets. Its front fascia now resembles that of its big brother, the Land Cruiser 200. The headlights no longer extend downwards towards the front bumper and now feature black accents. Complementing the new LED projector lights is the new five-slot grill, dominating the front fascia. There is also a more prominent power bulge on the hood and more defined bumper corner edges.
Save for the redesigned step boards, the 2018 Prado's flanks are carried over from the current model. There are also new wheels to keep the big SUV's looks up to date. The rear on the other hand gets a new set of tail lights, featuring LEDs with a unique light signature and 'aero fins'.
Inside, the dash gets redesigned with new panels and trimmings. It also gets a more modern-looking steering wheel and shifter. The center console has been set lower with the air-conditioning vents slimmed down. Climate control switches are now flush to the dashboard. The rest of the cabin's design however, is a carryover.
There are three variants offered for the Philippine market.
4.0-liter V6 A/T - Php 3,119,000
3.0-liter Diesel M/T - Php 3,941,000
3.0-liter Diesel A/T - PhP 4,041,000