Toyota powers up Land Cruiser Prado with latest diesel engine

Land Cruiser Prado. Image: Motorpress
Land Cruiser Prado. Image: Motorpress

• The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado now has higher outputs of 150kW and 500Nm from a new 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo diesel engine. 

• It also benefits from an upgraded infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.  

• Prices for the new model begin from R939 900. 

Toyota has ditched the 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine fitted to it Land Cruiser Prado and has replaced it with the smaller capacity 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. The diesel-powered models now have 150kW and 500Nm courtesy of the engine first seen in the latest Hilux. 

Toyota has also fitted the Prado with an updated infotainment system.  

There are three models featuring the new engine, a TX, VX and VX-L with prices starting at R939 900 and topping off at R1 105 800 for the flagship model 

Much-needed power hike

The Prado benefits from the latest 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine first seen in the latest Hilux. It features a power hike of 20kW of power and 50Nm of torque for a maxium output of 150kW and 500Nm, that is now mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The company says the Prado's overlanding and towing credentials benefit from the higher-performance engine that now delivers its maximum power at 3400 r/min and the 500Nm over a wider 1600-2800 r/min 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. 

land cruiser prado

Image: Motorpress

Toyota quotes the fuel capacity at 150 litres with an 87-litre main tank and 63-litre sub tank. The maximum braked towing capacity is increased to 3000kg on 2.8-litre models.

A new-generation multimedia system is fitted across the range, which now incorporates a (slightly) larger 22cm touchscreen display , improved voice recognition tech and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Pricing

2.8L Diesel TX - R939 900

4.0L Petrol VX – R1029 000

2.8L Diesel VX – R1 060 600

4.0L Petrol VX-L - R1 072 600

2.8L Diesel VX-L – R1 105 800

All models are sold with a nine service or 90 000km service plan – with 10 000 km service intervals. A three-year or100 000 km warranty is also provided. 

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