The newly refreshed 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been officially launched by Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE. The new Prado comes with a more robust exterior, a more intuitive interior design and improved driving abilities.
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is now available in 4 grades/ 8 derivatives to choose from.
- 3-door 2.7 L GXR starting at AED 129,900
- 5-door 2.7L engine, coming in EXR for AED 129,900, GXR for AED 144,900 and VXR for AED 159,900
- 5-door 4.0L engine available in EXR for 159,900, GXR for AED 179,900, VXR for AED 194,900 and now an even more exclusive grade the Limited priced at AED 204,900 which comes fitted with leather beige interior
The new Land Cruiser Prado comes in ten exterior colors, including two new colors: Blackish Ageha Glass Flake and Avant-Garde Bronze Metallic and 2 interior colors including ‘Neutral Beige’ and ‘Saddle Tan’ and is available across all Toyota showrooms in the UAE.
The exterior design of of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been subtley revised giving its a more premium almost Lexus-look, overall. Upfront you have a newly designed bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps, front bumper and fenders. The radiator grille and headlamps have been placed high for greater off-road functionality. The grille openings are as large to allow for optimum engine cooling, while the headlamp main beams are positioned inboard to avoid damage possible during off-road driving.
The grille features broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome. Integrating high and low beams, a front turn signal lamp and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) within a distinctive casing, the headlamp clusters may be equipped with either halogen or LED/halogen headlamps, the latter incorporating LED DRL. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by a choice of 6-spoke 17-inch alloys, or a high gloss painted 18’’ alloy wheel. The new rear elements now include a redesigned lamp cluster featuring an LED stop light, a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number plate surround and a restyled bumper with a kicked-up base to the protruding corners.
Improved Interior Architecture
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado features revised dashboard styling with new driver’s instrument panel and center console. The top of the new center console tower has been lowered for an improved front visibility.
In the redesigned, four-gauge driver’s instrument binnacle, the precision ‘Optitron’ meters feature a metallic base panel and spin-polished dials with raised scale markings. They flank a 4.2-inch TFT color Multi-Information Display* which provides comprehensive vehicle and infotainment data which are controlled via steering wheel mounted switchgear. It also comes with white illumination for the instrument panel, center console and door switchgear. A new interior lighting scheme incorporates LED front footwell, glove box lamps, and door panel illumination for high-quality cabin ambiance.
The main event though, as I call it, is the new high-definition 9-inch full-color multimedia screen. In addition to AM/FM radio and a DVD player you have a 14-speaker JBL system* The system also features Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and mini-jack inputs offering external audio input. Rear seat passengers can also enjoy video from DVDs, Blu-ray discs and other sources on the large, retractable 9-inch LCD monitor.
The front driver seat is equipped with 8-way power seat along with power lumbar support, and the front passenger seat is available with 4-way power seat. The 2nd-row seat there has a 40:20:40 split-folding, sliding and reclining configuration. The 3rd-row 50:50 split seats are powered and can be easily operated either from inside the car or from the back door.
Front seat storage includes a capacious glove box, overhead sunglasses holder, two cup holders, and large front door pockets with built-in bottle holders. There is also a large storage box, available with cooling function, under the center console armrest and is big enough to hold four half-liter bottles and fitted with an upper-level tray. Second-row passengers are served by seatback pockets, center armrest twin cup holders and door pockets with bottle holders. Cup holders are provided for third-row occupants, too. 12-volt power outlets are provided in the front and second rows, with a 220V AC power outlet in the load space. Also, the powered third-row seats have under-floor storage function. A toolbox is stowed in a purpose-designed compartment in the tailgate.
The air conditioning for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is designed to maintain peak performance and provides triple-zone, independent temperature control.
Same powertrain; Improved dynamics
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is available in two engine options, both of which are carryovers, including a 4-cylinder 2.7-litre in-line 16-valve DOHC format with VVT-i producing 164 hp and up to 25.1 kg-m and 4.0-litre 24-valve DOHC V6 with dual VVT-I producing 271 hp and up to 38.9 kg-m. Both engines are mated with a 6-speed ‘Super-Intelligent Electronically’-controlled automatic transmission with multi-mode sequential shift mode.
The new Prado comes with the newly-developed full-time four-wheel drive with TORSEN® limited slip differential (LSD), which allocates optimal driver power distribution to the left and right wheels in response to various driving scenarios. An additional central differential lock is also available.
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado comes with Drive Mode Select*, allowing the driver to tailor powertrain and suspension responses by selecting drive modes like NORMAL for everyday driving, ECO mode that adjusts powertrain responses and air conditioning to prioritize fuel-efficient driving and a SPORT mode that holds gear for better acceleration.
The new 5-speed Crawl Control System* helps maintain a low uniform vehicle speed by automatically controlling the engine output and hydraulic brake pressure to reduce driver burden during off-road driving. It minimizes wheel spin and wheel lock-up, ensuring vehicle stability even on slippery surfaces.
Multi-Terrain Select (MTS)* automatically modifies vehicle acceleration, braking, and traction control to suit off-road conditions, providing the driver with optimum traction and vehicle control on five terrain modes: ‘Rock,’ ‘Rock & Dirt,’ ‘Mogul,’ ‘Loose Rock,’ and ‘Mud & Sand.’ There is also an Auto mode to optimize car-control according to the preset vehicle speed set on the ‘Crawl Control.’ The selected mode is displayed on the multimedia screen, along with an additional prompt for the driver to engage the appropriate H4 or L4 four-wheel drive transfer range.
The Multi-Terrain Monitor* in conjunction with MTS helps the driver confirm their surroundings when driving off-road using the front, side, and rear cameras. The MTS includes Underfloor View and Panoramic View to help the driver visually confirm the area under, in the front, and on the sides of the vehicle. Also available is Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) system and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
Prado’s front independent double wishbone and rear four-link rigid suspension offer greater ride comfort and better steering feel. Further enhancing the ride experience, is the electrically-controlled Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)*, which optimizes the effect of the front and rear anti-roll bars for better on- and off-road performance. When on the road, the system works to suppress body roll, improve steering response and absorb the effects of driving over poor road surfaces. During off-road conditions, all tires are kept firmly in contact with the ground even when crossing over rocks and other rough surfaces. Also available is the new Tire Pressure Warning System.
Upgraded Safety Technologies
The Prado’s body structure that is crafted with high-tensile steel. It comes with the latest safety technologies like a multi-terrain Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) feature balances braking forces between the front and rear brakes and Brake Assist (BA) that provides auxiliary force to assist the driver during emergency braking. The Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system ensures stability by automatically adjusting engine output and the braking force of each wheel when the vehicle experiences oversteer or understeer during cornering or driving on slippery road surfaces.
To ensure the safety of pedestrians, the Prado has a Pedestrian Protection through Impact Alleviation Structure, an impact-absorbing structure of the hood, fenders, and other components, which helps enhance pedestrian protection performance. Furthermore, seatbelt pre-tensioners and force-limiters are adopted for the driver and front passenger seats, while Three-point Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) seatbelts and Three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts are adopted for the second and third-row seats respectively. The Prado is equipped with a total of seven airbags.
It also comes with a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) *. While all Prado grades come with a rear-view camera that helps the driver secure his way while reversing, the Prado Limited comes fitted with a Rear-View Monitor System displaying 360 degrees video images of objects behind the vehicle to enhance the visibility of the driver when backing up. There is also a Front and Back Clearance Sonar that displays a warning message and sets off a buzzer on the 4.2-inch color TFT Multi-Information Display.
*Available only on the “Limited” model