2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Released: Now without V6 engine


The legendary mid-size SUV comes with some nice changes for the next year. The 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado receives a mid-cycle refresh and comes with various novelties. This famous SUV is present for more than 27 years.

It originally came in 1990 and we have seen four generations of it so far. The current model is quite old. It came in 2009 and the company doesn’t have in plans a redesign for some time. Moreover, they did an update, which had its premiere last week at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

There are plenty of novelties with the 2018 LandCruiser Prado. It’s not a usual update, but more of a mid-cycle refresh, which indicates that the current generation will be in production for at least two or three years. There is a new styling, but also some nice changes inside. Finally, there are some changes under the hood.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado front view

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado refresh

This refresh brings much more than you’ve probably expected. Even visual changes are quite significant. Despite new styling, base characteristics remained the same. The 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado continues to ride on the same platform and features most of the same mechanical parts. It comes with the pretty much same characteristics as North American Lexus GX.

On the other hand, styling is pretty unique. There is a new appearance that includes various changes. The front end of the SUV is completely new and includes new things such as grille, headlights, bumper etc. The rear end also comes with some nice changes. Finally, there are also some nice new details, such as new wheels design and similar things. We also expect to see some new color options in the offer.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado side view

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado interior design

The interior design of the 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado also comes with big changes, probably more than everyone expected. There are new styling details on the dashboard. Besides new surfaces on the dash, there is a new bigger touchscreen, which is now available in lower trims as well. The new SUV also comes with the brand’s new and more attractive steering wheel.

However, most of the changes are in terms of standard features. This update brings some big improvements in terms of safety. For example, there is a new pre-collision autonomous emergency braking system, which is able to detect pedestrians along with another vehicle. Lower trims also include features like adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure alert, but not the lane-assist system. Higher trims also include safety systems like blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado interior

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado engines

When it comes to the powertrain, there are some changes for the 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. In Australia, this SUV was available both gasoline and diesel. However, almost 99 percent of units sold are diesel. So, the company decided to discontinue gasoline version, which featured an old 4.0-liter V6 engine.

The 2018 LandCruiser Prado is now available only with a 2.8-liter inline-four diesel, which is good for 177 horsepower and comes in a pair with either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. In other parts of the world, we will not see changes under the hood. For Western Europe, this model comes with the same 2.8-liter diesel engine.

On the other side, in Eastern European countries, this SUV usually goes with a 2.7-liter gasoline engine, which is good for about 160 horsepower. This engine also can be paired with automatic and manual transmission.

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado rear view

2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado release date and price

The 2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado will hit most of the markets in November. According to the latest reports, we will not see changes in price, which means that the base model will go around 40.000 dollars. On the other side, top models could go all away up to 65.000 dollars. Since this SUV is available all around the world, these numbers could vary, depending on the country.

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