The facelifted 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will be introduced at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, the manufacturer hasn’t mentioned when it will arrive the refreshed SUV in dealerships, but these shots suggest that it might become available right after the debut or just a few months later. Either way, the carmaker started production already, and we have a pretty good angle of view on the production-ready models.
The amazing SUV has been around without any change since 2009, so even a mid-cycle update is welcome. Still, we have to say that we expected more new exterior details, especially in the front. As far as we can see from over there, the 2018 Land Cruiser Prado is featuring a bit narrower LED headlights and more massive bumper. The biggest changes got a grille, which will be totally different from now on, but we can’t skip mentioning a pair of more angular fog lamps as well. Around back, the reliable SUV sports completely new and better-looking taillights, as well as a little bit chrome, but everything else appears to be pretty much the same. Profile and side of the high-riding vehicle look almost identical to today’s model. Though, the new one has no side strips, while wheels have totally new alloys.
Interior and safety
SUV’s interior is a place on which Toyota paid a special attention. The updated 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sports a new center console and redesigned instrument cluster. Plus, there is a sportier steering wheel and an all-new infotainment, while the manufacturer should add a few new upholstery combinations. The vehicle will definitely use a new safety system. This so-called Toyota Safety Sense P benefits from pre-collision with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beam.
Engines and transmission
We don’t know what the Japanese carmaker did under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. However, as far as we know the motivation will still come from a 2.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, which comes mated to both six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. Today’s 4.0-litre naturally aspirated six-cylinder should also stay, but we expect better efficiency and more power from the updated option. Toyota won’t skip the chance to add its all-new 2GD-FTV 2.4-liter turbo diesel as well. The oil-burner already power Fortuner and Hilux, so we know it’s capable of producing 148bhp and 295lb ft of torque.