• The updated Land Cruiser now puts out 150kW and 500Nm from a new 2.8-litre GD-6 turbo diesel motor.
• There is a new multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.• Toyota says it boasts an increased towing capacity and Drive Mode Select has been added to diesel models.• The carmaker's flagship SUV, the Land Cruiser 200 receives a design update plus wireless headsets fitted as standard.
Sitting in between the Fortuner and Land Cruiser 200 models, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has established itself as one of the most accomplished off-roaders on the South African market, the company says.
For 2020, the carmaker has introduced a heavily revised model sporting a more powerful 2.8-litre turbodiesel motor with 150kW and 500Nm mated to a new six-speed automatic gearbox.
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, the company says.
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.
Of course, the Prado's off-road capabilities are aided by a low-range transfer case, while user-selectable differential locks (centre and rear) keep the wheels 'in sync'.
The other engine option available is a 4.0-litre petrol engine with 202kW and 381Nm. The one think the Prado boasts is a fuel capacity of 150 litres with an 87-litre main tank and 63-litre sub tank.
Maximum braked towing capacity is increased to 3000kg on 2.8 models.
A new-generation multimedia system is fitted across the range, which now incorporates a slightly larger 22cm touchscreen display, 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.
An embedded satellite navigation system is fitted as standard.
The trim levels remain the same with TX, VX and VX-L making up the range.
The TX variants come equipped with automatic dual-zone climate control, six-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, third-row seating and reverse camera. Seat heating and ventilation are provided for front row occupants while 2nd row occupants also benefit from seat heating and a refrigerated centre console.
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, which encompasses: Pre-Collision System , Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring , Lane Departure Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The VX-L also has LED automatic high beam function and a power-operated tilt-and-slide moonroof.
4x4 made easy
The multi-terrain select system (VX and VX-L only), operated by a centrally mounted rotary knob, allows the driver to select a mode depending on road conditions. 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 says Toyota.
Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Crawl Control are included on VX and VX-L models.
Drive mode select for 2.8 VX and VX-L
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.
A total of eight exterior colours are on offer, ranging from Glacier White to the sophisticated Blackish Ageha (a dark metallic teal). Toyota has added two new hues, Raven Black (solid black) and Attitude Black (metallic black).
2.8L Diesel TX – R 939 900
4.0L Petrol VX – R 1 029 000
2.8L Diesel VX – R 1 060 600
4.0L Petrol VX-L – R 1 072 600
2.8L Diesel VX-L - R1 105 800
Toyota says all Prado models are sold with a nine-services or 90 000km service plan – with 10 000km service intervals. A three-year or 100 000km warranty is also provided. Additional service plan and warranty extensions are available from their local Toyota dealer – and benefit from the biggest dealer network in the country (over 220).
The flagship - Land Cruiser 200
The flagship Land Cruiser 200 in top 'spec' VX-R trim has also benefited from a cosmetic 'nip and tuck', the company says.
It sports a new front-grille design with horizontal bars and broader central 'bridge', creates an imposing façade 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.
When it comes to exterior colours, the golden beige metallic hue has been discontinued while two new black exterior colour options are on offer: Raven Black (solid) and Attitude Black (metallic).