Toyota Prado gets 2016 update including new diesel engine.
The Toyota Prado has received a significant mid-life makeover with Toyota introducing a new-generation turbo-diesel engine, improved petrol V6 and new six-speed automatic transmission.
As we reported in June, the new 2.8 litre diesel engine, which will also feature in the new eighth-generation HiLux and the new Fortuner SUV as well, headlines the changes. Delivering up to 450Nm, Toyota tells us the diesel Prado will now use around 6% less fuel on the combined cycle.
Not to be outdone, the V6 petrol engine offered in the Toyota Prado range now boasts an extra 5kW of power and a 1.8% decrease in emissions thanks to the introduction of new and improved fuel injectors and a revised exhaust system.
Both engines are Euro 5 compliant and can be driven through a newly developed six-speed auto transmission, Toyota says the high-tech transmission monitors acceleration and other driving conditions to determine the most effective use of high-speed gears.
This technology helps the Prado use up to 13% less fuel than in the current diesel/auto combination.
The changes to the Prado for 2016 aren’t all mechanical, Toyota is also fitting sat-nav as standard to GXL variants, while the Kakadu gains rear cross-traffic alert. What will these changes cost? Toyota tell us to expect price increases for Prado of between 0.5% and 2.6%.
Arriving in dealerships in October, Tony Cramb from Toyota Australia sales and marketing says the 2016 Toyota LandCruiser Prado is a real winner.
“The latest improvements will enhance Prado’s rock-solid reputation by expanding the on-road performance, driving pleasure, convenience and safety that are important to customers.”