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    Default MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    The Land Cruiser Prado has established itself as one of the most accomplished off-roaders on the South African market. While many SUV’s are bought for ‘curb appeal’, the Prado leverages its Land Cruiser DNA to deliver when the going gets tough. The Land Cruiser badge carries substantial cachet and whether it is the utility-focused 70-series, poised Prado or flagship 200-series – owners have come to rely on the robust construction and go-anywhere capability that the Land Cruiser badge signifies.


    Power Up


    At the heart of the revised range is an additional 30kW of power and 100Nm of torque derived from the switch to the latest-generation 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo diesel engine, that is now mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission (previously five-speed).


    Prado's overlanding and towing credentials benefit from the higher-performance engine that now delivers a maximum of [email protected] and 500Nm over a wider 1600-2800rpm band.


    The latest generation 2.8 GD-6 engine (as debuted in the updated Hilux) has received a raft of upgrades including a new ball-bearing turbocharger with a larger turbine and impeller, and improved engine rigidity and cooling. Better fuel economy is realised through optimised pistons and piston rings, changes to the cylinder block and head, higher fuel-injection flow rate and the adoption of high-performance materials for the exhaust manifold and cylinder-head gasket.


    A newly-fitted balance shaft helps smooth out engine vibrations, improving NVH performance and contributing to an even higher degree of refinement.


    The new six-speed transmission has revised torque converter lock-up mapping, to provide smooth yet firm gearshifts and a newly-added paddle-shift function. A low-range transfer case makes off-roading a cinch, while user-selectable differential locks (centre and rear) keep the wheels ‘in sync’ when navigating slippery conditions.


    The 4.0-litre petrol engine continues unaltered (also mated to a six-speed automatic transmission). Maximum power is 202 kW at 5,600rpm, with peak torque of 381Nm delivered at 4,400rpm.


    Enhanced Efficiency & Towing


    Despite the substantially stronger outputs, fuel consumption improves to 7.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are down to 209 g/km. Fuel capacity is 150 litres with an 87-litre main tank and 63-litre sub tank. Maximum braked towing capacity is increased to 3,000kg on 2.8 models.

    New Infotainment

    A new-generation multimedia system is fitted across the range, which now incorporates a larger 9-inch touchscreen display (previous 8-inch), enhanced voice recognition and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Customers are able to utilise mobile-phone-services such as Google Maps, Waze, Spotify, SoundCloud etc. to enhance their driving experience – while providing enhanced telephony and messaging interfaces ‘on-the-fly’. An embedded satellite navigation system complements the aforementioned smartphone functionality – particularly useful when out of signal range.

    Standard Specification

    As before a three-grade strategy is followed; TX, VX and VX-L. The TX variants come well equipped with automatic dual-zone climate control, 6-speaker touch audio system, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, illuminated entry, cruise control, park distance control, keyless entry, auto door lock, three power outlets, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, 3rd row seating and reverse camera. Seat heating and ventilation are provided for front row occupants while 2nd row occupants also benefit from seat heating. The refrigerated centre console helps make light work of road trips or bushveld excursions.

    VX models amplify the comfort and convenience specification with the addition of memory function for the driver’s seat, a 14-speaker Premium audio system with woofer, multi-information display, power tilt-and-telescopic steering adjustment, rain-sensing wipers and power-fold-down functionality for the 3rd row seats.

    The flagship VX-L versions feature Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which encompasses Pre-Collision System (PCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). In addition, the Automatic High Beam (AHB) function provides enhanced visibility via the LED headlamps when activated. A power-operated tilt-and-slide moonroof completes the VX-L package.

    Off-road technologies

    All Prado models feature Toyota’s Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC), which actively regulates wheel-slip, by directing torque to the wheel with the most traction. The system is capable of applying braking pressure to wheels individually to maximise traction. Hill Assist Control (HAC) forms part of the standard ensemble.

    The Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) system (VX and VX-L only), operated by a centrally mounted rotary knob, allows the driver to select the correct mode depending on the ‘road’ ahead. The system has five pre-configured modes (mud & sand, loose rock, mogul, rock & dirt and rock),

    to tailor the vehicle’s traction control, transmission characteristics, power delivery and suspension settings to the terrain at hand. Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Crawl Control are included on VX and VX-L models.

    New for 2020 is the inclusion of ‘Drive Mode Select’ on 2.8 VX and VX-L variants (already standard on the V6), which offers five modes; Comfort, Sport, Sport +, Normal and Eco; to adapt vehicle dynamics according to driver preference.

    Chassis Configuration

    All Land Cruiser Prado’s make use of a rugged body on frame construction – proven to offer the best strength and wheel articulation – with a double-wishbone front design and multi-link rear layout. TX models use conventional steel springs and dampers while VX and VX-L versions boast Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS).

    KDSS employs a hydraulic system attached to the sway bars, to effectively link all four wheels thereby reducing body roll and improving wheel articulation. The KDSS system thereby offers the best of both worlds; excellent body-roll control for on-road driving, while having the ability to disengage the sway bars during off road driving - for improved wheel articulation and mechanical grip.

    In addition, the VX and VX-L models also make use of Toyota’s Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) to allow adjustability of the shock absorber damping level. This is linked to the Drive Mode Select function.

    Colour & Trim

    A total of eight exterior colours are on offer, ranging from Glacier White to the sophisticated Blackish Ageha (a dark metallic teal). For 2020, Raven Black (solid black) and Attitude Black (metallic black) have been added to the palette.

    Buyers have the choice of two interior colour schemes on the VX and VX-L; Black and ‘Neutral Beige’. A matte-finish Walnut wood trim is paired with the Black interior, whilst the Beige iteration is paired with matte Oak accents. TX models forego the wood trim for a classic black interior design.

    Model Line-Up & Pricing

    Prado 2.8L Diesel TX – R 939,900

    Prado 4.0L Petrol VX – R 1,029,000

    Prado 2.8L Diesel VX – R 1,060,600

    Prado 4.0L Petrol VX-L – R 1,072,600

    Prado 2.8L Diesel VX-L – R 1,105,800

    The model line-up remains unchanged.

    Warranty & Maintenance

    All Prado models are sold with a 9-services/90 000 km service plan – with 10 000 km service intervals. A 3-year/100 000 km warranty is also provided. Customers can purchase an additional service plan and warranty extensions from their local Toyota dealer – and benefit from the biggest dealer network in the country (over 220).

    Land Cruiser 200

    The flagship Land Cruiser 200 (aka LC200) in top ‘spec’ VX-R trim has also benefited from a cosmetic ‘nip and tuck’. A distinctive new front-grille design with horizontal bars and broader central ‘bridge’, creates an imposing faηade befitting its ‘Master of Africa’ status. In addition, the VX-R model now also comes equipped with wireless headsets – to allow seamless use of the rear seat entertainment system.

    The Golden Beige Metallic colour has been discontinued while two new black exterior colour options are on offer; Raven Black (solid) and Attitude Black (metallic).
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    I like this " which includes a new engine ​- a 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo diesel engine delivering higher outputs of 150kW and 500Nm."

    ,meanwhile this is from the new HiLux.

    Could Toyota not develop a unique engine for the Prado ?

    Hardly see any changes to the body styling...

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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Nice Car.

    A V6 TX at around R 899 900 or so could have also been offered??
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidGX View Post
    I like this " which includes a new engine ​- a 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo diesel engine delivering higher outputs of 150kW and 500Nm."

    ,meanwhile this is from the new HiLux.

    Could Toyota not develop a unique engine for the Prado ?

    Hardly see any changes to the body styling...

    So you are expecting a Prado specific engine?

    I don't understand this kind of reaction..

    Surely you know that all manufacturers share engines across their model ranges?.

    Rather think of it this way: The Hilux has a Prado engine
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    My understanding is the Prado version has balancing shaft and HiLux not?

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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    I absolutely love my new VX! For me, it is the perfect vehicle: balance of price, size, safety, reliability, luxury, performance, resale and dealer network.

    BTW mine has the Blind Spot Monitoring.

    Only gripes: Only 1 USB port in front, which is usually occupied with Apple CarPlay, storage space in the front for “stuff”, and the tow bar was not standard.

    I think this model is going to hold its value very well.

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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Looking at prices these days that TX looks very attractive!
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    @Onwards; from what I can see the auto Hilux has the balance shaft fitted. Manual Hilux not.
    Speak under correction.

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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    So you are expecting a Prado specific engine?

    I don't understand this kind of reaction..

    Surely you know that all manufacturers share engines across their model ranges?.

    Rather think of it this way: The Hilux has a Prado engine
    In the days of the KZTE Hilux many owners had stickers Prado Power on them

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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Piet Faure View Post
    @Onwards; from what I can see the auto Hilux has the balance shaft fitted. Manual Hilux not.
    Speak under correction.
    All Automatic 2.8 Hilux and Fortuners now have the Balance shaft !
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Look at those prices, then look at this: https://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.za/vehicle/pajero-lwb/. Many of you have been baiting and baiting on other threads, but this time it's legit! I'd take the Pajero, so what if it's on run-out? It's a saving of over R275k between the range-toppers.
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    Look at those prices, then look at this: https://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.za/vehicle/pajero-lwb/. Many of you have been baiting and baiting on other threads, but this time it's legit! I'd take the Pajero, so what if it's on run-out?
    In my opinion after driving both, the Paj is overpriced by at least R100k
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    In my opinion after driving both, the Paj is overpriced by at least R100k
    The range-topping Pajero is R40k more expensive than a Fortuner 2.8 4x4 auto; surely you're not saying the bakkie-based Fortuner is a better drive than the monocoque Pajero??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swazi123 View Post
    I absolutely love my new VX! For me, it is the perfect vehicle: balance of price, size, safety, reliability, luxury, performance, resale and dealer network.

    BTW mine has the Blind Spot Monitoring.

    Only gripes: Only 1 USB port in front, which is usually occupied with Apple CarPlay, storage space in the front for “stuff”, and the tow bar was not standard.

    I think this model is going to hold its value very well.
    The USB issue is an easy fix: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Toyota-P...-/123938782058
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    The range-topping Pajero is R40k more expensive than a Fortuner 2.8 4x4 auto; surely you're not saying the bakkie-based Fortuner is a better drive than the monocoque Pajero??
    Due to the Paj being almost 18 years old, in its current model form, the Fortuner has surpassed it in ride comfort and sophistication. Even with it being bakkie based.. (Have you driven one?)

    The Paj is being marketed at 2020 prices with 2003 engineering.

    It is robust, and was far advanced in its time, but even the new Paj Sport drives better than the Pajero (I tested 7 various SUV's when I had a gat jeuk 2 months ago)

    my review of the Pajero is here somewhere.
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    The range-topping Pajero is R40k more expensive than a Fortuner 2.8 4x4 auto; surely you're not saying the bakkie-based Fortuner is a better drive than the monocoque Pajero??
    Depends on what sort of drive. On road, perhaps not. Off road, yes. Besides - I think the forum is only interested in second hand pajeros...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Due to the Paj being almost 18 years old, in its current model form, the Fortuner has surpassed it in ride comfort and sophistication. Even with it being bakkie based.. (Have you driven one?)

    The Paj is being marketed at 2020 prices with 2003 engineering.

    It is robust, and was far advanced in its time, but even the new Paj Sport drives better than the Pajero (I tested 7 various SUV's when I had a gat jeuk 2 months ago)

    my review of the Pajero is here somewhere.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...15#post4475215
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    Look at those prices, then look at this: https://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.za/vehicle/pajero-lwb/. Many of you have been baiting and baiting on other threads, but this time it's legit! I'd take the Pajero, so what if it's on run-out? It's a saving of over R275k between the range-toppers.
    I’ll more than make up the difference with resale and fuel consumption. You seriously can’t compare the 2.

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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Well if you look at it that way then the Prado is 11 years old in its current form, at 2020 prices and then some. Not quite cutting edge then. Remember the current engine is also already 5 years old in most of the other markets. With the new Prado due in 2022 this is the last hurrah.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Due to the Paj being almost 18 years old, in its current model form, the Fortuner has surpassed it in ride comfort and sophistication. Even with it being bakkie based.. (Have you driven one?)

    The Paj is being marketed at 2020 prices with 2003 engineering.

    It is robust, and was far advanced in its time, but even the new Paj Sport drives better than the Pajero (I tested 7 various SUV's when I had a gat jeuk 2 months ago)

    my review of the Pajero is here somewhere.
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    Default Re: MediaRelease: LAND CRUISER PRADO – NEW ENGINE, TECH AND APPEAL

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom13 View Post
    Well if you look at it that way then the Prado is 11 years old in its current form, at 2020 prices and then some. Not quite cutting edge then. Remember the current engine is also already 5 years old in most of the other markets. With the new Prado due in 2022 this is the last hurrah.
    The current 2.8 engine in its present 150kw form is not even 6 months old.

    The new Prado in 2022 will carry the current 2.8 over. Yes there may be a flagship 3.6 diesel but the 2.8 will stay.
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