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2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Revealed In Frankfurt

Toyota has unveiled its updated 2018 LandCruiser Prado at the Frankfurt motor show, claiming that it expands the use of advanced safety features across all grades for Australian buyers.

Due in Australia in November, the updated Prado features a bonnet sculpted in the centre – similar to the 200 Series – and said to enhance downward visibility. The front guards have been re-profiled to help drivers more easily develop a sense of the where the Prado’s corners are.

The revised grille – displaying broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome – is flanked by restyled headlamps with main beams positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles during off-road driving.

Lower corners on the new front and rear bumpers kick upwards to improve the Prado’s approach and departure angles, while the redesigned rear includes new lamp clusters and a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number-plate surround.

Inside there is what Toyota is calling a more upscale interior, with the dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear all being new designs. The revised centre console incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and has a lower profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.

A number of active safety technologies previously fitted to the premium VX and Kakadu variants, have been added to the automatic variants of the volume-selling GX and GXL grades, including a pre-collision safety system, autonomous braking and lane departure alert. An automatic high beam system is also standard across the range.

The VX Prado now features the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems that were previously only available in the top-spec Kakadu.

The Prado continues to be powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 130kW and either 450Nm when paired with the six-speed auto or 420Nm if the manual six-speed option is chosen.

The 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine will no longer be offered in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).

Further details, including other new features and pricing, will be announced closer to the vehicle’s arrival in local dealerships.

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